Awards & Recognition

Osler is consistently recognized as a leader in Canadian business law in independent research by leading legal publishers:

  • Chambers Canada 2016: Received the highest distinction (Band 1) for 11 of our practice areas and 86 Osler lawyers were recognized as leaders across 42 practice areas and regions.
  • Chambers Canada Awards 2015: Osler wins Tax Team of the Year.
  • The Legal 500 2016: Received the highest distinction (Tier 1) for five of our practice areas and 21 Osler lawyers were recognized as leaders across 20 practice areas.

  • American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2015: Osler selected as an honoree for advising Tim Hortons in its merger with Burger King, Global M&A Deal of the Year for Canada.
  • International Tax Review: Americas Tax Awards, 2015, Osler wins National Tax Award in Canada and honored for Americas M&A Deal of the Year advising Tim Hortons in its merger with Burger King.
  • Best Lawyers, 2016: Ranked as this year’s leading firm, recognizing 133 Osler lawyers across specialty areas.

  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value, and #1 for Canadian completed deals by value.

  • Mergermarket, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value, and #2 for Canadian announced deals by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked as the top Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value, and #2 for Canadian announced deals by deal count.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015: 122 highly recommended Osler lawyers
  • BTI Consulting Group 2015: Most Recommended Law Firm
  • Chambers Global 2015: Received the highest distinction (Band 1) for five of our practice areas
  • Recognized in eight of Lexpert’s 2014 top 10 deals of the year

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: 119 highly recommended Osler lawyers

  • Who’s Who Legal 100, 2014: Recognized in 53 listings across 19 practice areas.

  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide: 29 Osler lawyers listed as leaders

Ranked nationally and internationally as an undisputed leader in M&A:

  • Chambers Global: Received the highest distinction (Band 1) in Corporate/M&A. The latest edition states that Osler’s Corporate group has “excellent lawyers who provide incredible support”

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Osler’s M&A group recommended for dealing with “complex and ground breaking issues”

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Top-ranked among Canadian law firms in Mergers and Acquisitions, since 2004

  • Lexpert’s 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: 37 Osler lawyers featured as leaders in cross-border law

  • Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers: 23 Osler lawyers named as leaders in corporate law

  • Thomson Reuters/ Bloomberg/ Mergermarket: Consistently ranked first among Canadian law firms by cumulative deal value and volume. Frequently listed at the top of transaction league tables

Known across Canada and worldwide for exemplary tax practice:

  • World Tax 2015 (by International Tax Review): Recognized as Tier 1 for almost 20 straight years of the annual survey. According to the latest edition: “Osler is considered by peers to have a very strong tax controversy practice, particularly in transfer pricing disputes”

  • Chambers Global: Osler’s tax team received the highest distinction (Band 1), cited as “the leaders on the street with respect to litigation”

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015: Listed in the top tier of Canadian tax advisory practices, since the directory’s inception

  • Chambers Global: Osler’s Tax Group awarded the highest distinction (Band 1) and cited as "a premier tax group”

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014: Declared number one for Tax Law in Canada:

Osler’s Energy Group consistently recommended as an industry leader:

  • Chambers Global: Ranked Band 1 for Energy: Oil & Gas. Osler clients are cited as saying: "We rely on them heavily and trust them hugely. They really know what we need and how we are set up"

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Consistently recommended as leaders in the Energy: Oil & Gas and Electricity sectors

  • Who’s Who Legal 100, 2014: Osler’s energy group cited as “highly regarded in electrical power, oil and gas, and renewables”

Osler’s Litigation department reputed as one of the most accomplished dispute resolution teams in Canada:

  • Chambers Global: Ranked as leaders in the Ontario, Quebec and Alberta markets, as well as for Canadian Class Action Defence

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory : “Most frequently recommended” for Class Actions and Corporate Tax Litigation

  • 2014/15 edition: 12 Osler Partners named as “Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers”

    Benchmark Litigation Stars, 2015: 27 Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in litigation

Osler’s Pensions and Benefits group recognized for their deep and broad expertise:

  • Chambers Global: Ranked as top tier, Osler’s Pensions & Benefits Group was cited as being  “phenomenal in all aspects of pensions and benefits…and extremely responsive and accessible”

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: eight Osler lawyers named as leaders in pension, more than any other Canadian law firm

  • The Best Lawyers: Recognized as leading experts in employee benefit law