Neil is the co-chair of McMillan's competition and international trade groups and a partner in the energy group.
His competition law experience includes over 300 merger clearances under the Competition Act and/or the Investment Canada Act, including the Ultramar/Coastal and American Iron and Metal/SNF cases before the Competition Tribunal, as well as the Novartis/Alcon, Coca-Cola/CCE and Quebecor/Transcontinental consent agreements; over 25 domestic or international cartel cases and related class actions including optical disc drives, vitamins, air cargo, chocolate confectionery, foreign exchange and auto parts; and major abuse of dominance and other unilateral conduct investigations and proceedings, including UCDA v IBC, Paradise Pharmacy v Novartis and DIR v Air Canada (Gemini). Neil also advises on marketing, distribution, grey marketing and joint venture issues.
Neil's trade law practice includes anti-dumping and subsidy proceedings; NAFTA and WTO matters; export/import controls and trade sanctions; foreign corrupt practices; investor-state disputes; and lobbying on trade policy issues.
Neil's energy expertise includes market-related issues in the electricity and oil and gas sectors. He is also the past chair of the Ontario Energy Board’s market surveillance panel for Ontario's electricity markets and assisted the Independent Electricity Ontario Energy Board’s System Operator with the development of its general conduct rule.
Neil has in-depth experience in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, food and beverage, transportation, natural resources, broadcasting, communications and information technology industries, as well as a wide range of other industrial and consumer products.
Neil's public sector experience includes acting as special counsel to the Competition Bureau on BHP/PCS and the CRTC on two foreign ownership reviews, in addition to his work for the OEB and the IESO. He is also a governmental adviser to the cartel working group of the International Competition Network.
Neil is a member of the Canadian Bar Association's competition law section and the editorial board for its Canadian Competition Law Review. He is a member of the American Bar Association's antitrust law section, as well as its international task force. He is also a past chair of the International Bar Association's antitrust committee and the co-chair of its merger working group. He was named Global Competition Review's "Dealmaker of the Year" in 2016.
Neil is the global contributing editor for Getting the Deal Through: Cartel Regulation and has also published Merger Law and Practice and numerous articles on competition, trade and investment matters. He is a member of the CD Howe Institute's Competition Policy Council, the
MLex Antitrust Advisory Board, and is on the editorial advisory board of the IBA's Business Law International journal.
Neil completed a doctorate in competition law at the University of Toronto in 1993 and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He was named as one of the top 20 global competition lawyers in Who's Who Legal 2014.