Financial Services


Osler’s Financial Services Group acts for leading North American and international financial institutions and a wide variety of global industry leaders. With a network of offices across Canada and in New York, Osler’s Financial Services practice group is a fully integrated team that offers extensive knowledge of all aspects of financial services combined with an efficient cross-jurisdictional platform.

Our Financial Services Group provides leading expertise in:

Our team provides advice to a wide range of financial services industry players including banks, insurance companies, trust companies, pension funds, investment dealers and other leading financial institutions.  We advise financial institutions on a complete range of issues including mergers and acquisitions, the establishment of new entities, bank products, and regulatory compliance, both provincial and federal.  Osler acts for more Canadian financial institutions than any other law firm in Canada.

We also have significant experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting all types of financing transactions including cash flow loans, acquisition financings, syndications, asset based lending, distressed lending, project financings, public-private partnerships, subordinated debt arrangements, private placements, swaps, securitizations and structured finance arrangements.  We seamlessly navigate between U.S., international and Canadian lending environments to anticipate and address industry-specific issues and provide integrated banking and debt finance expertise on domestic and cross-border transactions.


Chris Bennett

Partner, Chair of Financial Services Practice

Lorne Carson

Partner, Corporate

Etienne Massicotte

Partner, Financial Services

Andrew G. Herr

Partner, Financial Services
New York

Osler’s Financial Services Group is recognized for our expertise by a variety of national and international directories:


  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Banking & Finance
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers: Banking & Finance
    • "Osler’s highly regarded banking and finance legal specialists have established the firm’s position as primary counsel to some of Canada’s largest financial institutions."


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec: Banking & Financial Institutions 

Legal 500

  • Legal 500: Banking & Finance

IFLR 1000

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Osler ranked in the areas of Banking, Financial Services Regulatory and Project Finance

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of Banking and Finance Law

Expert Guides

  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers: Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in Banking & Finance