Michael Osborne

Chair, Canadian Competition Practice

Recent News:

Rogers-Shaw Hearings Not So Public Despite Tribunal’s Pledge to Hold Open Process

Michael Osborne was quoted in a Globe and Mail article discussing the increased interest and confidentiality aspects of the Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. public hearing.

Michael helps businesses navigate competition (antitrust), foreign investment, and other regulatory regimes, and resolve commercial disputes. Michael's 24 years' experience and broad practice enable him to identify an achievable outcome that best aligns with his clients' goals, and to work towards achieving that outcome.  

Michael advises and defends clients from around the world in inquiries and proceedings commenced by the Competition Bureau, including criminal matters, abuse of dominance, and marketing and advertising matters. He defends clients in private proceedings under the Competition Act, including price fixing class actions. 

Michael helps clients obtain merger clearance under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act, including national security reviews under the Investment Canada Act.

Clients also seek out Michael's representation in a wide range of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters.

Michael has acted as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of court across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has tried several cases before the Competition Tribunal and appeared as counsel before arbitral tribunals in international and domestic arbitrations, both institutional and ad hoc. He is also qualified as an arbitrator. 

Michael frequently speaks and writes on competition law and commercial litigation topics.

Michael earned his law degree from Dalhousie University, his master's degree in medieval studies from the University of Toronto, and his undergraduate degree in philosophy, with high honors, from the University of Saskatchewan. Following law school, Michael was a law clerk to the late Honorable Justice John Sopinka with the Supreme Court of Canada. He is bilingual in English and French.

Before joining the firm, Michael was a partner at a leading Canadian national firm. 

News

Rogers-Shaw Hearings Not So Public Despite Tribunal’s Pledge to Hold Open Process

November 18, 2022

Michael Osborne was quoted in a Globe and Mail article discussing the increased interest and confidentiality aspects of the Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. public hearing.

Cozen O'Connor's Recent Canadian Growth Featured on Law.com International

November 16, 2022

In the article, "Foreign Firms Making Waves in Canada's Mid-Market" Law.com discusses Cozen O'Connor's recent growth in Toronto and Vancouver.

Federal Judge Asks Rogers and Shaw to Provide Evidence Supporting Competition Bureau’s Proposed Relief

November 04, 2022

Michael Osborne was quoted in an article published by The Globe and Mail that discusses a recent request for Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. to address proposals from Canada’s anti-competition watchdog to resolve a dispute.

Veteran Litigator Michael Osborne Joins Commercial Litigation Department

October 17, 2022

Osborne has defended leading pharmaceutical, banking, and technology enterprises based in Canada, the U.S., and Asia in high-stakes litigation.

Publications

Technicality Likely Won’t Decide Rogers-Shaw-Quebecor Case [Financial Post]

November 14, 2022

Michael Osborne contributed an article to The Financial Post discussing the Commissioner of Competition’s challenge to the Rogers Shaw acquisition.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

The 26th Annual Course on Written Advocacy

November 01, 2022 - Webinar

Plenary: Contentious and High Stakes Mergers

October 20, 2022 - Ottawa, ON

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1996
  • University of Toronto, M.A., 1991
  • University of Saskatchewan, B.A., high honors, 1988

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust)

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Competition)

Chambers Canada (Competition/Antitrust)

Chambers Global (Competition – Litigation)

Lexpert Special Edition, Litigation

Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated

Who's Who Legal: Canada (Competition)

  • Ontario

Honourable John Sopinka, Supreme Court of Canada

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Vice Chair, Books & Treatises Committee

Association des juristes d'expression francaise de l'Ontario 

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section and Anti-Corruption Team

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Order of St. John, Canada, Member

Ontario Bar Association

The Advocate's Society

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)

International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada, Arbitrator