Michael Osborne leads Affleck Greene McMurtry’s competition
and regulatory law team. His practice also includes commercial litigation and
Michael advises and represents clients involved in competition
and regulatory inquiries, criminal and administrative prosecutions, class
actions and other competition litigation. His practice covers all aspects of
competition law, including cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers, and marketing
practices. He has expertise in a wide range of industries, including airlines,
banking and payment systems, securities, waste, technology, pharmaceuticals, energy,
manufacturing, and construction. Michael has also acted for the Commissioner of
Competition on several matters.
Michael has appeared as counsel in numerous contested hearings
in the Competition Tribunal. He has acted as trial and appellate counsel before
all levels of court, as well as domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1998, after clerking for Justice
John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his LL.B. from
Dalhousie University in 1996, his M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1991,
and his B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988.
Michael has taught competition law at Dalhousie University,
and lectures and writes frequently on competition law and commercial litigation
topics. He was an assistant editor of Fundamentals
of Canadian Competition Law, and is an editor of the Canadian Competition Law Review and of The Litigator. He is Program Chair of the Toronto Commercial
Arbitration Society, a member of the board of trustees of the Toronto Lawyers
Association, and an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American
Bar Association, and the Advocates’ Society.