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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Calgary, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver


Osler is a leading Canadian law firm with a singular focus – your business. From Toronto, Montr?al, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York, the firm advises its Canadian, US and international clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues. The firm’s collaborative ‘one firm’ approach draws on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide responsive, proactive and practical legal solutions driven by clients’ business needs.


Recognized for its extensive expertise in business law, Osler is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top firms. The firm invests in building long-term client relationships by focusing on their business, its challenges, and its changing goals and strategies.


Osler also understands that, when it comes to a client’s legal matters, they need the work done efficiently, transparently and with certainty about the fees. That’s why the team created Osler Works: the firm’s way of delivering practical, cost-effective legal services using cutting-edge technology and predictable processes that serve a client’s business – and a client’s bottom line. By embracing transparent planning, ongoing communication and non-traditional approaches to law, Osler Works helps reduce the time, effort and costs of a client’s legal matters, ensuring that Osler delivers on what’s important to clients. It’s law that works.


Main areas of practice


Aboriginal law: lawyers in Osler’s environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law practice understand the business challenges and legal obligations surrounding title, land rights, duty to consult and accommodation requirements, among other Aboriginal law issues.


Advertising and marketing: leveraging its accumulated expertise, lawyers in Osler’s marketing and distribution practice area regularly advise clients on the legal, regulatory and policy requirements and ramifications related to the complex and rapidly evolving digital advertising landscape.


Arbitration and ADR: Osler’s arbitration practice is designed to manage the client’s specific financial, reputational and business objectives (and risks) as privately and efficiently as possible. The firm is a recognized leader in ADR with broad expertise in a range of ADR techniques and procedures. Osler has represented clients across all major arbitration regimes and tribunals: International Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s bilateral investment treaties, the London Court of International Arbitration, NAFTA dispute resolution panels, the Federal Court of Canada, international arbitration agencies, Canadian arbitration agencies, ad hoc arbitrations, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Indian Ministry of Commerce, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the Canadian Border Services Agency and The Canadian International Trade Tribunal.


Banking and finance: Osler’s highly regarded banking and finance legal specialists have established the firm’s position as primary counsel to some of Canada’s largest financial institutions. By developing solid and collaborative relationships with US counterparts, the firm has the expertise and experience to help international clients finance the acquisition of assets and enterprises in Canada and assist on a variety of cross-border transactions.


Competition/antitrust: with increasingly rigorous international merger enforcement, transactions have become more challenging to execute, requiring the guidance of legal experts. The team of leading practitioners in Osler’s competition/antitrust and foreign investment law group are at the forefront of emerging competition issues in Canada and abroad, and offer the insight required to complete business-critical transactions.


Construction: Osler’s construction group advises on all types of commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects, infrastructure developments, public-private partnerships, alternative financing and procurement, energy, health, transportation and other projects. Clients benefit from many of the group’s lawyers also being engineers who can offer both legal guidance and technical insight.


Corporate/commercial disputes and class actions: Osler’s national dispute resolution and risk management team solves business-critical issues for organizations in Canada. Best known for handling complex corporate/commercial disputes and multi-jurisdictional class actions, Osler defends clients on high-profile, precedent-setting, ‘bet-the-company’ cases. The firm routinely acts on a range of disputes including constitutional and public law, corporate governance, securities, defamation, energy and natural resources, environmental, franchise, consumer protection, intellectual property, privacy, pension and benefits, product liability, financial and other regulatory investigations, professional negligence and tax disputes.


Corporate finance and securities: Osler counsels on private placements, public offerings and alternative listing methods such as reverse takeovers and CPC transactions. The firm’s practitioners have extensive experience assisting a wide variety of clients with financing methods such as initial public offerings, conventional bought deals, overnight marketed offerings, multijurisdictional disclosure (MJDS) offerings, discrete shelf prospectus offerings of equity and debt and medium-term note (MTN) programs.


Corporate/M&A: both Canadian and international clients rely on Osler for its breadth and depth of expertise in corporate/M&A law. This bench strength is central to the firm’s ability to complete complex transactions under tight timelines. Osler has played a key advisory role in many of the largest M&A transactions in Canada over the past several years.


Dispute resolution and litigation: Osler offers clients the benefit of deep expertise in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. The firm regularly acts on a range of matters, including significant cross-border or multi-jurisdictional class actions and disputes involving corporate governance and securities, insolvency, product liability, pension and employment, competition and tax.


Employment and labor/pensions and benefits: Osler lawyers thoroughly understand the business and regulatory issues specific to different industrial sectors (including a range of small- and medium-sized companies and large global entities) and deliver clear, practical and results-oriented advice on all aspects of employment and labor law. In addition, with one of the largest and most experienced pensions and benefits law groups of any Canadian law firm, Osler combines wide-ranging expertise with specialized skills to provide clients with creative, solutions-driven results to meet their needs on both sides of the border.


Energy and natural resources: based in Calgary, Alberta – Canada’s energy capital – Osler’s highly regarded energy group has played an integral role in advising clients in many of the most significant and complex transactions and projects involving Canadian energy companies at home and abroad. In addition, Osler provides clients with strategic counsel and deep legal expertise in all aspects of the power sector including the procurement, development and financing of natural gas, co-generation, nuclear, hydro, wind and other generation projects, demand response and demand reduction projects, the development of transmission and distribution systems, M&A and regulatory matters.


Environment: the experts in Osler’s environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal group provide seamless and efficient advice on environmental requirements that cross the Canada-US border. The firm’s professionals help clients achieve their desired results by providing timely and strategic guidance in the context of an intricate and shifting environmental regulatory regime.


Franchising: the team of professionals in Osler’s franchise group has worked with domestic and international brands of all sizes, helping them navigate through the complexities of Canada’s distinct – and evolving – franchise laws. The firm knows how to identify the various options and solutions, clarify challenges and provide clients with the most efficient path to meet their goals.


Health care: Osler’s health industry group is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s rapidly developing health industry. The lawyers in this group have extensive expertise in providing seamless and integrated advice on all facets of a health industry client’s complex and specialized needs.


Information technology: Osler’s technology practice is internationally recognized for applying strong legal and business skills to find common-sense solutions. The team’s experts offer specialized knowledge and deep experience that translate into advice that is practical, relevant and cost-effective.


Intellectual property: clients rely on Osler’s IP team for its deep legal knowledge, counsel, and scientific and technical expertise. The firm capitalizes on its lawyers’ in-depth understanding of the Canadian IP regime, as well as their solid appreciation of the differences between Canadian and US law to offer a full range of services, including patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio advice and management, litigation and advising on the IP aspects of business transactions.


International trade: clients operating globally turn to Osler’s international trade and investment law practitioners for astute guidance on strategic planning, critical compliance issues and dispute resolution.


Investment funds: Osler’s investment funds and asset management group is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers practising in the corporate, securities, tax and litigation fields. These lawyers work as a team to provide domestic and foreign clients of all sizes with the legal advice they need to meet their business objectives and satisfy their regulatory obligations.


Mining: the firm acts for domestic and international mining companies of all sizes, specialties and stages of development. Osler’s in-depth industry knowledge gives clients the support they need to achieve their operational and strategic objectives efficiently and cost-effectively.


Private equity: Osler’s private equity group comprises legal professionals who have the expertise, relationships, experience and industry knowledge to advise private equity clients on a wide range of matters.


Projects: PPP and infrastructure: Osler’s infrastructure group has advised on many of the most interesting and complex private and public infrastructure projects – utilizing both traditional and P3/AFP delivery models – in various industries.


Public procurement: Osler’s multi-disciplinary procurement team has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients across a wide range of industries on the unique legal aspects of procurement, tendering and requests for proposals (RFPs).


Real estate: combining meaningful knowledge of regional issues with a comprehensive understanding of the industry trends shaping national and international markets, Osler’s real estate group serves a broad range of domestic and international clients on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, pension fund investments, infrastructure and development projects.


REITs: a market leader in corporate finance and securities, M&A and real estate, and the acknowledged Canadian legal powerhouse in tax, Osler has advised on some of the largest and most complex REIT transactions in Canadian history. Lawyers in Osler’s multi-disciplinary group advise on all aspects of real property transactions, equity and debt offerings, tax structuring strategies, borrowing arrangements, legal and risk requirements for boards, issues affecting different asset types, and regulatory compliance.


Restructuring/insolvency: Osler’s insolvency and restructuring group offers top-tier expertise in all aspects required to resolve the most complex business challenges. Using a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach, the firm delivers innovative and integrated solutions for business-critical matters.


Tax: the Osler tax group is consistently recognized as a leading Canadian firm for tax planning and tax litigation. With more than 60 tax professionals, the group offers clients expert advice on a broad range of taxation matters of importance to their business interests, covering virtually every area of Canadian tax. Working in partnership with clients, Osler’s practitioners develop sophisticated solutions to the most complex and important taxation issues and controversies.


White collar: Osler is one of the few law firms in Canada that operates an integrated risk management and crisis response practice. The firm regularly advises and represents corporations, senior corporate executives, and public officials in a wide range of federal and provincial investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of securities violations, anti-competitive conduct, foreign and domestic corruption, insider trading and market manipulation, environmental harm, taxation, and regulatory issues. Osler represents clients in proceedings involving provincial securities regulators in Ontario, Qu?bec, Alberta and British Columbia, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the RCMP/Integrated Market Enforcement Teams, the Competition Bureau, self-regulatory authorities like IIROC and other federal and provincial financial regulators, as well as on numerous cross-border proceedings involving the SEC, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. Osler also conducts sensitive internal investigations for leading companies in almost every business sector.


  • Number of Partners Worldwide: 221
  • Number of Lawyers Worldwide: 427 (including Partners)

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