Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

International & Cross-Border Transactions Department

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What the team is known for Strong independent Canadian firm with full-service abilities and expertise across key domestic markets, offering global reach through a New York presence and a well-maintained network of partner firms. The firm has a robust reputation domestically and is a strong brand in US and international markets, with a stellar track record in cross-border transactions.  The firm is a market leader in the energy space, providing regulatory expertise and deal capabilities to major oil and gas players internationally. Also provides contentious teams well-versed in general commercial litigation as well as class action cases.

The firm excels in transactional areas and provides expansive high-end expertise across its domestic offices on matters ranging from venture capital investments to transformative mergers. It frequently advises US and Canadian clients on cross-border public M&A, private equity buyouts, capital markets matters and financing. The New York team is oriented around providing corporate and tax guidance to clients, with specialist expertise in M&A, finance, capital markets and financial services. The firm performs strongly in transactions in the oil and gas industry and is a top choice for US clients and major US firms as a referral destination as well as top international law firms for major cross-border mandates.

Strengths An interviewee from the US values them as counsel “on private equity transactions that have Canada aspects,” adding: “I really like them, and they provide a great service.” Another says: “Their strength is always being mindful that they are advising a US company, and they understand the implications of that, and are very knowledgeable on the differences in US and Canadian law.”

One client asserts that in fast-paced private equity environments, “being super dedicated and laser-focused, and moving at lightning speed” is crucial. The client continues: “A cultural understanding and hard-working mentality are required – we're looking for that dedication in Canadian counsel. Osler can deliver that for us.”

Another interviewee recommends it as “a top firm for an international client needing a law firm in Canada,” adding: “They have a good slice of international work.”