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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Managing Director and Chief Executive: Doug Bryce
Co-Chairs: Shahir Guindi, Dale Ponder
Number of partners worldwide: 217 Number of lawyers worldwide: 466 (including partners)

Firm Overview:
Osler is a leading Canadian law firm with a singular focus — your business. From Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York, Osler advise its Canadian, US and international clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues. Osler's collaborative 'one firm' approach draws on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide responsive, proactive and practical legal solutions driven by your business needs.

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

When it comes to your legal matters, you want to know two things: how your law firm can solve your problem, and how much it’s going to cost. Osler's way of working, which it calls Osler Works, delivers practical, cost-effective legal services using cutting-edge technology and predictable processes that serve your business — and bottom line. By embracing transparent planning, ongoing communication and non-traditional approaches to law, Osler Works helps you reduce the time, effort and costs of your legal matters. It is an approach that focuses on what’s important to you. It’s law that works.

Main Areas of Practice:
Aboriginal Law:
Lawyers understand the business challenges and legal obligations surrounding title, land rights, duty to consult and accommodation requirements, among other Aboriginal law issues.

Advertising & Marketing:
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 & ADR:
The practice is designed to manage each client's specific financial, reputational and business objectives (and risks) as privately and efficiently as possible. Osler is a recognised leader with broad expertise in a range of ADR techniques and procedures. It has represented clients across all major arbitration regimes and tribunals.

Banking & Finance:
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.

With increasingly rigorous international merger enforcement, transactions have become more challenging to execute, requiring the guidance of legal experts. Leading practitioners in the 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.

The group advises on all types of industrial and institutional construction projects, infrastructure developments, public-private partnerships, alternative financing and procurement, energy, health, transportation and other projects. Many of the lawyers are also engineers themselves, meaning clients can benefit from both the legal guidance and technical insight offered to them.

Corporate/Commercial Disputes & Class Actions:
The team solves business-critical issues for organisations in Canada. Best known for handling complex corporate/commercial disputes and multijurisdictional class actions, Osler defends clients on high-profile, precedent-setting, 'betthe-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 & Securities:
Osler counsels on private placements, public offerings and alternative listing methods such as reverse takeovers and CPC transactions. 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.

Canadian and international clients rely on Osler's breadth and depth of expertise in corporate/M&A law. This bench strength is central to completing complex transactions under tight timelines. Osler has played a key advisory role in many of the largest M&A transactions in Canada over several years.

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

Emerging & High Growth Companies:
Represents 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.

Employment & Labour and Pensions & Benefits:
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 labour law. One of the most experienced pensions and benefits law groups of any Canadian law firm, Osler combines wide-ranging expertise with specialised skills to provide clients with creative, solution-driven results to meet their needs on both sides of the border.

Energy & Natural Resources:
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.

Experts provide seamless and efficient advice on environmental requirements that cross the Canada-US border. Professionals help clients achieve their desired results by providing timely and strategic guidance in the context of an intricate and shifting environmental regulatory regime.

Professionals have worked with domestic and international brands of all sizes, helping them navigate through the complexities of Canada’s distinct — and evolving — franchise laws. They know how to identify the various options and solutions, clarify challenges and provide clients with the most efficient path to meet their goals.

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

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

Intellectual Property:
Clients rely on the team for its deep legal knowledge, counsel, and scientific and technical expertise. The group capitalises on lawyers’ in-depth understanding of the Canadian IP regime, as well as their solid appreciation of the differ¬ences between Canadian and US law to offer a full range of services, including patent and trade-mark prosecution, portfolio advice and management, litigation and advising on the IP aspects of business transactions.

International Trade:
Clients operating globally turn to the international trade and investment law practitioners for astute guidance on strategic planning, critical compliance issues and dispute resolution.

Investment Funds:
A multi-disciplinary group of lawyers practising in the corporate, securities, tax and litigation fields. Lawyers work 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.

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.

Privacy & Data Protection:
One of the largest team of practitioners who focus on privacy and data management in Canada. The team provides advice on the increasingly complex rules and the broad range of privacy and data-governance issues arising from the collection, use, disclosure and management of personal information.

Private Equity:
The 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 & Infrastructure:
The group has advised on many of the most interesting and complex private and public infrastructure projects — utilising both traditional and P3/AFP delivery models — in various industries.

Public Procurement:
The 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.

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 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.

Osler's retail group has extensive experience working with many of the largest and most widely known retail brands throughout Canada and around the world, advising on all aspects of their businesses. Lawyers advise retailers, distributors and franchisors on the day-to-day business and legal issues they encounter when expanding into and operating in Canada.

The 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.

Osler is consistently recognised as a leading Canadian firm for tax planning and tax litigation. With over 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, practitioners develop sophisticated solutions to the most complex and important taxation issues and controversies.

White Collar:
Osler’s White-Collar Defence Group has the insight and experience required to help clients navigate the evolving white-collar enforcement landscape, address investigations and allegations regarding wrongdoings and mitigate associated risks that can have financial, operational and reputational impacts on your organisation, its leaders and stakeholders.


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