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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: 221
Number of lawyers worldwide: 427 (including partners)

Firm Overview:
Osler is a leader in Canadian business law with a singular focus – the success of your business. The firm has an undisputed reputation for solving problems, removing obstacles and providing the answers you need, when you need them. It is recognised for the breadth and depth of its practice in business law and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top firms. Proactive, pragmatic, experienced, innovative and collaborative, the firm’s team of over 400 lawyers is driven by the specific needs of their clients. Professionals do everything necessary to maintain the position as one of Canada’s leading business law firms, and consistently meet and exceed the expectations of their clients, colleagues, students, staff and communities. Practitioners go the extra mile to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients in every matter they handle. Osler invests in long-term relationships with a focus on understanding clients’ businesses, including their changing goals, strategies and challenges. It works hard to stay at the forefront of emerging legal issues and developments that impact clients’ businesses and works even harder to keep them informed.

Main Areas of Practice:
Osler delivers practical advice, specialised knowledge and innovative solutions, no matter what you do or where you’re going. With sophisticated and creative thinking, the firm helps organisations grow, protect and transform their businesses – worldwide.

Aboriginal Law:
Lawyers in this practice 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 the clients' specific financial, reputational and business objectives (and risks) as privately and efficiently as possible. It 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: 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 US 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 & 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.

Competition/Antitrust:
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.

Construction:
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 group's 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 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 & 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.

Corporate/M&A:
Canadian and international clients rely on Osler's breadth and depth of expertise in corporate/M&A law. This bench strength is central to complete complex transactions under tight timelines. It 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. It 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 & 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. 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 specialised skills to provide clients with creative, solution-driven results to meet their needs on both sides of the border.

Energy & Natural Resources:
Based in Calgary, Alberta – Canada’s energy capital – the 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:
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.

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

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.

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 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:
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.

Tax:
Osler is consistently recognised 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, practitioners develop sophisticated solutions to the most complex and important taxation issues and controversies.

White Collar:
Osler is one of the only law firms in Canada that operates an integrated risk management and crisis response practice. It 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. It represents clients in proceedings involving provincial securities regulators in Ontario, Québec, 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 US Department of Justice. Osler also conducts sensitive internal investigations for leading companies in almost every business sector.