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Work History

Konrad von Finckenstein practices as a consultant on communications and  competition issues and as an arbitrator of Canadian and international  business disputes. 


Prior to establishing his current practice, Konrad von Finckenstein had an extensive government and judicial career.


As the chief commercial counsel of the Canadian Government  he led the legal team negotiating inter alia, the bail outs of Chrysler  and Massey Ferguson, the establishment of a Bell Helicopter assembly  plant for all its  civilian copters in Canada, the privatisation of  Canadiar and DeHavilland. 


 

Subsequently he became the chief counsel to the Canada US free trade negotiations. In this position he was responsible for negotiating the  dispute settlement provisions, drafting and implementing the agreement.  He was also responsible for  overseeing the drafting and implementing   of all legislation, regulations and orders required to give effect to  the provisions of  NAFTA in Canada. 


He was the Commissioner (CEO) of the Competition Bureau for seven  years. During his tenure the Bureau examined the merger of four of  Canada’s leading banks (ultimately blocking them) collected the largest  fine in Canadian criminal history for price collusion. He also reviewed  and approved the merger between Air Canada and Canadian Airlines  ensuring that the merger would not lead to a monopoly in the skies.
 

In addition to ensuring a competitive marketplace for Canadian  businesses and consumers, he led the drive to create of the  International Competition Network ( an umbrella organization  encompassing all the competition agencies of the world) in order to  harmonize competition regimes worldwide and served as the Founding Chairman. 


As a Justice of the Federal Court from 2003 to 2007, he heard cases  involving immigration and refugee law, intellectual property and  administrative law. In particular, von Finckenstein held that uploading  music tracks over the Internet is not in itself a violation of Canadian  copyright law. 


In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television  and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a five-year term. He was  instrumental in removing unnecessary regulations, allowing the industry  to react more quickly to market changes and consumer preferences in an  era of rapid technological change. Over ninety percent of telephone  market was foreborne from regulation and exposed to competition.
 

During his tenure the industry went through an unprecedented degree of consolidation. To meet these challenges he  established frameworks for  diversity of voices, vertical integration and net neutrality. 


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