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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Startups & Emerging Companies

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What the team is known for

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt is a prominent national full-service law firm with leading experience acting for both nascent companies and high-profile investors. The emerging and high-growth companies group regularly advises growth equity funds, venture capital players, accelerator programmes, incubators and private entrepreneurs on a range of financing matters. It is also well respected for its representation of startup and scale-up technology and life sciences companies, including acting on later-stage M&A and other transactions. The team offers nationwide services to clients with expertise across its Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal offices. Additionally, it is well positioned to assist clients with cross-border mandates, with strong links to the USA via its New York office.

Strengths

"Their strengths are in responsiveness and they are quite comprehensive," one source commented.

Another interviewee described the firm as "top tier."

Work highlights

An Osler team led by Toronto-based Chad Bayne advised Verafin on its USD2.75 billion acquisition by Nasdaq.

Notable practitioners

Toronto-based Chad Bayne is renowned for his deep expertise in the startup space. He continues to represent startup companies in investment rounds at various stages of their growth, as well as in acquisitions.
"He is highly regarded by both companies and investors as delivering top-quality and consistent service." "He is a pre-eminent venture capital lawyer in Canada."

Vancouver-based Justin Young acts for a broad client base, which includes emerging technology companies, angel investors and venture capital funds. He has great experience in guiding startup companies through M&A transactions throughout their life-cycles.
"He always has innovative thoughts and solves complex issues in a time-sensitive manner."

Mark Longo regularly provides guidance to emerging companies and venture capital funds in early and late-stage financing rounds. He co-chairs the firm's emerging and high-growth companies practice in Vancouver.

Montréal-based Shahir Guindi, Ad E is routinely engaged in company and investor-side work, with an emphasis on life science, emerging tech and AI clients.
"He is an excellent lawyer with strong business skills." "He is a good negotiator who is very accessible and passionate about his clients."

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Overview

The Emerging and High Growth Companies Group at Osler are individuals passionate about entrepreneurship and fostering the growth of early and growth stage ventures. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa and Calgary, team members are eager to share their experience and insight with emerging companies to help maximize their development and ensure long-term success. The team leverages the New York office’s cross-border legal expertise to support Canadian companies’ growth and transactional needs south of the border.

Osler has represented entrepreneurs and emerging and growth stage companies nationwide from a broad spectrum of knowledge-based industries, supporting them from incubation through their growth trajectory, as well as the venture capital funds, growth equity and private equity funds that finance them. The team provides legal advice on the wide range of issues and legal requirements that emerging and high growth ventures face, from corporate and tax structuring and fundraising and shareholder agreements to intellectual property strategies and employment- and compensation-related matters – all of which require a deep understanding of the market and expert counsel.

Startups & Emerging Companies

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Location

100 King Street West

1 First Canadian Place

Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5X 1B8

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

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Justin Young
Band 3
Shahir Guindi, Ad E
Band 2