Canadian Competition Law Moot renamed in honour of the late Adam F. Fanaki

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June 29, 2020 - GATINEAU, QC - Competition Bureau

Today, the founders of the Canadian Competition Law Moot, an annual mock trial for law students, announced that the event has been renamed the Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot.

Adam Fanaki passed away on February 15, 2020, after a long battle with brain cancer. Adam was a brilliant and inspirational competition lawyer and a highly respected leader in the international antitrust community. He practiced at leading Canadian law firms and acted as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Mergers Branch at the Competition Bureau. While at the Bureau, he played a key role in the design and implementation of major reforms to the Competition Act.

Adam embodied the values of kindness, respect, professionalism and integrity. These core principles, in addition to his strengths as a litigator, mentor and advocate for competition, make him the ideal role model for the students who will compete every year. Naming the moot in Adam’s honour will also serve as a constant reminder that the values he so aptly demonstrated throughout his life are incredibly important in the adversarial context that often defines the practice of law.

Adam’s memory will be honoured at the next awards gala of the Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot, to be held in March 2021 in Toronto, or virtually if necessary.

Quick facts

  • The Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot is organized by the Competition Bureau, the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Competition Tribunal.

  • The annual mock trial competition gives law students the chance to tackle timely, complex civil or criminal issues in a growing field of law that strives to balance private economic incentives with the public interest.

  • The moot was first held in 2019 with the participation of five law faculties from universities across Canada, and grew to include seven faculties in 2020.

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