Osler expands its partner ranks

Vincent M. de Grandpré, Gillian S.G. Scott, Jacob A. Sadikman, Kevin Colan, Joyce M. Bernasek

Mar 7, 2013

Partner Moves, IFLR

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt has recognized the work of six of its senior associates by promoting them to partner within practices across the firm.

As of March 1, Joyce Bernasek, Jacob Sadikman, Gillian Scott, and Vincent de Grandpré, working in the Toronto headquarters, and Kevin Colan and Ted Thiessen, working in the New York and Calgary offices, respectively, have joined the ranks of Osler partners.

“It was a natural transition; I’d been brought up within Osler,” explained Sadikman, whose practice is in energy and infrastructure. Sadikman worked as an over-the-counter energy and commodity trader prior to law school, and has been able to develop his skills within the energy and infrastructure practice which began growing shortly after he joined the firm in 2004. The field is seeing an array of changes, including a growth of international investors and a decline in government subsidies for renewable energy, causing investors to consider how the renewables sector will generate revenue.

Bernasek joined the firm in 2003. Now with a corporate finance and securities practices, she recently worked on secured credit facilities to partially fund the $1.1 billion acquisition of Q9 Networks Inc. by a consortium of private equity investors. She practiced in Osler’s New York office during the bulk of the financial crisis from 2008-2010, shoring up her own experience in cross border finance, something she expects to handle a great deal of as transactions between US and Canadian debt markets increase.

“I’ve worked here my whole career and I’ve been able to contribute to finding banking and lending solutions to our clients, but I’m also involved in our diversity committee and Osler Women’s network. I think these kinds of commitments make us more attractive to clients, many of them have their own diversity programs and they like to see the Osler makes it a priority as well,” said Bernasek.

Scott is a litigator, de Grandpre practices intellectual property law, and Colan and Thiessen specialize in tax law.

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