Corporate Finance & Securities: Overview
Osler is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading corporate finance firms. Our clients include major Canadian corporations, well-known multinationals, entrepreneurial and growth oriented businesses and Canadian and global investment banks engaged in capital markets activities in Canada, the United States and internationally. Our one-firm approach to practice, which includes Canadian and U.S. corporate finance lawyers and diverse client base allows us to remain at the forefront in developing creative financing solutions.
We advise on private placements, public offerings and alternative listing methods such as reverse take-overs and CPC transactions. We have extensive experience with financing methods such as initial public offerings, conventional “bought deals”, overnight marketed offerings, multi-jurisdictional disclosure (MJDS) offerings, discrete shelf prospectus offerings of equity and debt and medium-term note (MTN) programs. Our debt practice covers a broad spectrum of products that includes investment grade debt, commercial paper, high-yield debt, “Maple” bonds, securitized and asset-backed debt, covered bond programs, convertible debt and hybrid and novel products. We are also known for our expertise in regulatory matters relating to corporate finance transactions, including advising on trading, registration, settlement and compliance matters.
In 2012, our Corporate Finance Group was ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as “most frequently recommended,” placing it among Canada’s leading firms for the fifteenth consecutive year. The 2013 edition of IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms ranked Osler as Tier 1 for our work in capital markets and commended Osler for having “a powerful reputation among competitors and clients” in this area. The Financial Post league tables for the full-year, 2012, ranked Osler as the top firm for advising issuers on combined debt and equity offerings, as well as in each category, debt or equity, independently. Osler’s role as counsel to the issuer on the year’s two largest equity offerings was also highlighted. In Bloomberg’s 2012 Global Legal Adviser League Table, Osler topped several Canadian counsel-to-issuer categories, including Equity, Equity/Equity-Linked, Equity/Equity-Linked/Preferred and Corporates. Osler’s leadership was confirmed further by an additional #1 ranking in the Equity/Equity-related Issuer Adviser category, in Thomson Reuters’ 2012 Global Capital Markers Legal Adviser League Tables.