Charles Tingley is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review and Investigations & White Collar Defence practices. He advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising, multi-level marketing and other pricing, distribution and general compliance matters. He has experience representing firms under civil and criminal investigation by the Competition Bureau, including in respect of searches and “dawn raids”, and in major litigation before the Competition Tribunal and the courts. He also has experience representing firms seeking recourse and redress in relation to alleged breaches of the Competition Act, including by advancing complaints to the Competition Bureau.
Charles has experience in a wide variety of industries, including credit card issuing and acceptance, wireless communications, music recording, grocery retailing, carrier and postal services, pharmacies and pharmaceuticals, electricity generation and distribution, building materials, packaging, timber milling, real estate and real estate brokering, newspapers, equipment finance, and transportation.
Prior to rejoining the firm in 2012, Charles was Deputy General Counsel at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, which has responsibility for enforcing competition and fair trading law. In that role, Charles managed the in-house legal team and had strategic management responsibilities for the Commission's major litigation portfolio. He was lead in-house counsel in a variety of complex competition proceedings before all levels of court in New Zealand and represented the Commission in negotiating settlements involving competition remedies and financial penalties. In addition to litigation work, Charles advised the Commission on merger review, the use of investigative powers, and the drafting of enforcement guidelines and policies, including those related to cartel immunity and leniency. He also provided advice in relation to board governance matters.
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