Capital Markets


Osler is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading capital markets firms and has earned a Band 1 ranking in Chambers Canada, one of the world’s leading legal publications. 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.

We advise on private placements, public offerings and alternative listing methods such as reverse takeovers and CPC transactions. We have extensive experience 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. 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.


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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Band 1, Capital Markets
    • "They are very proactive and their focus on solutions is good. They distinguish themselves in their ability to come up with solutions and advise in the broader context of business."
    • "They're very responsive; they are always on call and are attentive to our needs. I feel very well represented and very well advised."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers: Band 1, Corporate/Commercial: The Elite – Ontario
    • "They are as good as any firm in Canada. They know our industry and business, give thorough and fixed advice and are very proactive. The quality of the lawyers is consistent, with a single point of contact."
    • "They've been extremely attentive – they do their job well and they do it efficiently."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers: Corporate/Commercial: The Elite – Alberta
    • "One of the best firms to use for anything with a high degree of complexity and for matters that span multiple practice areas."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers: Corporate/Commercial: The Elite – Québec
    • "They have a deep bench, which is invaluable. They are incredibly responsive and helpful in everything that they do."
    • "They were very nimble and they put together a very good team."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers: Band 1, Capital Markets


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Finance & Securities (Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Commercial Law (Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta)
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Osler’s lawyers recognized in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities


  • IFLR Americas Awards: Osler named "Capital Markets firm of the year"
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Tier 1, Capital Markets

Legal 500

  • Legal 500: Tier 1, Capital Markets; Corporate Law.

Who’s Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Law and Securities Law

Expert Guides

  • The Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides: Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in Capital Markets



  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to both the issuers and underwriters for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2019
  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to the underwriters for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2018