Imran Ahmad: Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Imran Ahmad

Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416 860 6578

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Practice Areas

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Competition
  • Antitrust & Foreign Investment
  • White Collar Crime & Regulatory Enforcement
  • Life Sciences
  • Privacy
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts
Law SchoolUniversity of Sherbrooke, D.E.S.S., Common Law, 2005; Universite de Montreal, LL.B., 2005; University of Ottawa, LL.M., Competition Law, 2007
Admitted2008, Ontario; 2008, Alberta

•Canadian Bar Association
•Ontario Bar Association
•American Bar Association (Antitrust)
•International Bar Association (Antitrust)
•Association des juristes d'expression francaise de l'Ontario
•Toronto Board of Trade
•Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
•Executive Committee of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section of the CBA


Imran Ahmad practises in the firm's Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group. His practice encompasses a wide range of competition and foreign investment matters. Imran regularly advises both Canadian and foreign clients engaged in mergers, joint ventures, and other forms of strategic alliances in connection with the notification and clearance provisions of the Competition Act and Investment Canada Act.

Imran advises clients in connection with conspiracy and other criminal provisions of the Competition Act, as well as on potentially anti-competitive business practices, including abuse of dominance, exclusive dealing and refusal to deal matters. He also provides advice concerning corporate competition law compliance programs, product regulation and marketing/advertising law matters.

Since 2013, Imran has been co-editor of the Competitive Advantageblog for Cassels Brock, dedicated to providing readers with timely, reliable, and practical analysis on competition, antitrust, and foreign investment matters.

Imran also assists clients on matters related to marketing and advertising and regulatory matters, including compliance with Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL), privacy laws and consumer protection legislation.

Prior to his call to the bar, Imran was a political advisor to Lieutenant-General the Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire (Ret'd), Senator, and clerked for Justice Edmond P. Blanchard at the Federal Court of Canada and Competition Tribunal in Ottawa.

Imran acts as legal counsel on a pro bono basis for the Child Soldier Initiative, a program housed at Dalhousie University that seeks to eliminate the use of child soldiers throughout the world.

In June of 2014, Imran was re-appointed, for a two year term, as the co-editor of Recent Developments, a publication by the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section's Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee. Imran was re-elected as member of the executive board of the CBA's Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section.

Imran is fluent in English, French and Urdu/Hindi.

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

The Clock Is Ticking: Canada's Anti-Spam Law Coming Into Force In Less Than A Month

Capital Markets Bulletin - March 24-28, 2014

Bureau Clears Loblaw/Shoppers Deal - But Investigating Loblaw's Relationships with Suppliers

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation Coming Into Force in 2014: Are You Ready?

Back to the Drawing Board? Supreme Court Finds Parts of Alberta's Privacy Legislation Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Gives Green Light for Indirect Purchaser Price Fixing Class Actions

Industry Canada Blocks Sale of Allstream Due to National Security Concerns

Say What? Court Dismisses False and Misleading Advertising Allegations in Rogers/Chatr Case

Going the Extra Mile: Competition Bureau Obtains Consent Agreements From Hyundai and Kia for Inaccurate Fuel Consumption Claims

Buy Now, Pay (More) Later! Competition Bureau Alleges Retailers' “Buy Now, Pay Later” Promotion Misled Consumers

CRTC Approves Bell-Astral Merger and Catches a Glimpse of the Future of Consolidation and Concentration

Whistleblowing Initiative Announced by the Commissioner of Competition

Proposed Changes to Canada's Foreign Investment Rules Create More Uncertainty for State-Owned Investors

Water Heater Companies in Hot Water: Competition Bureau Seeks $25 Million Administrative Monetary Penalties

Open for Business, But Not for Sale: Canada Announces New Guidelines and Limits for Investments by State-Owned Enterprises

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Imran Ahmad Co-Chairs Panel on the Use of Econometric Data in Merger Review

•Board of Directors, Common Ground Co-Operative
•Provides pro bono legal services to the Child Soldier Initiative

Recent Work
True North Apartment REIT Increases Its Portfolio by 47% with $286 Million Transformative Acquisition & Offering of $20 Million of 5.75% Convertible Debentures

Cassels Brock Represents NIBE Industrier AB (publ) in its Acquisition of WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.

NIBE Industrier AB (publ) Announces Plan of Arrangement with WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.

Cassels Brock Represents Hitachi Capital Canada Corp. in the Acquisition of CLE Leasing Enterprises Ltd.

Goldcorp Inc. Announces Hostile Take-over Bid of Osisko Mining Corporation

In The News
Cassels Brock Team Quoted on Anti-Spam Legislation in National Post

Imran Ahmad Co-Chairs Panel on the Use of Econometric Data in Merger Review

Will Infrastructure Issues Impede the Development of the Ring of Fire
“Publish What You Pay” - Mining Industry Proposes Mandatory Disclosure of All Payments Made to Foreign Governments


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The Clock is Ticking: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Coming into Force in Less Than a Month
Imran Ahmad,Bernice Karn, June 17, 2014
The clock is quickly ticking to July 1, 2014, when one of the most stringent anti-spam laws in the world will come into force. To educate businesses about the new legislation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissioner (the “CRTC”) recently held a number of...

Bureau Clears Loblaw/Shoppers Deal - But Investigating Loblaw’s Relationships with Suppliers
Imran Ahmad,Chris Hersh, March 28, 2014
On March 21, 2014, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) announced that it had entered into a Consent Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”) regarding its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation (“Shoppers”). The...
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Imran Ahmad

40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3C2


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