Retailers who want to consolidate or expand their operations are usually mindful of competition and antitrust issues, but those concerns will be even more front and centre in a post-pandemic economy. As businesses sell off assets to other companies, Canada’s Competition Bureau will be watching closely to ensure markets aren’t becoming monopolized and that consumers are protected.
Whether your business is looking to grow or sell off assets, understanding applicable competition and antitrust laws, and developing arrangements and agreements that keep you compliant, will be critical to your company’s future. It’s important to work with an experienced team of legal advisors who can help you navigate this often complicated business environment.
Osler’s Retail Group has worked with many leading Canadian companies on a variety of competition and antitrust issues. We’ve advised companies on cross-border transactions and on competition matters related to pricing, store location, customer makeup, data protection and more.
Given how quickly the retail sector is changing, you don’t want your business plans to be impacted by competition or antitrust issues. Make sure to have a clear path forward before you enter into any new arrangements.