Awards & Recognition

Osler is consistently recognized as a leader in Canadian business law in independent research by leading legal publishers. Our most recent recognitions include:

  • Chambers Canada, 2017: Received the highest distinction (Band 1) for 12 of our practice areas and 89 Osler lawyers were recognized as leaders across 46 practice areas and regions.

  • Chambers Global, 2016: Received the highest distinction (Band 1) for 6 of our practice areas and 57 Osler lawyers were recognized as leaders across 23 practice areas and regions.

  • Chambers Canada Awards 2016: Osler named Corporate Law Firm of the Year.

  • The Legal 500, 2017: Received the highest distinction (Tier 1) for five of our practice areas and 23 Osler lawyers were recognized as leaders across 20 practice areas.

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2017: 31 Osler lawyers recognized across six practice areas and the firm received the highest distinction (Tier 1) for M&A and Capital Markets.

  • Best Lawyers, 2017: Nine Osler partners were named “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017. Osler was also the sole Canadian recipient of the 2017 “Law Firm of the Year” award in the practice area of Corporate Law.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016: 131 Osler lawyers were ranked. Additionally, Osler was recommended as a leading Canadian law firm in 32 practice areas, with 12 areas receiving highest ranking.

  • Corporate LiveWire has honoured Osler as the 2016 Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year in Canada.

  • Chambers Canada Awards, 2015: Osler wins Tax Team of the Year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BTI Consulting Group, 2015: Most Recommended Law Firm.

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