Industry

Agribusiness

Osler’s Agribusiness team provides legal advice and practical business guidance on the multi-faceted agricultural sectors.

Agriculture, an industry with deep historical roots, is at the cusp of an unprecedented growth era, propelled by advanced technologies and evolving global needs. As we navigate through the 21st century, the sector is not only tasked with meeting the caloric needs of a global population projected to swell by nearly 2 billion by 2050 but also with addressing the increasing demand for diverse and sustainable agricultural products.

The landscape of agribusiness is being reshaped by more than just the numbers; there's a transformative shift towards environmental sustainability, marked by the adoption of precision agriculture technologies, the development of innovative production facilities, and the exploration of eco-friendly practices. Canada's agriculture sector is at the forefront of embracing these changes, diving into the cultivation of plant-based proteins, supporting the local production of environmentally friendly fertilizers, and expanding into burgeoning markets like cannabis. Additionally, the industry is increasingly focused on enhancing food security and reducing carbon footprints, setting a global standard for sustainable, efficient, and inclusive agricultural growth.

In order to succeed, players in this sector need to know how to navigate more burdensome regulations, complicated supply chains, complex trade issues and international business relations. They’ll need to develop M&A strategies, protect intellectual property, secure growth financing and project financing, negotiate partnerships with tech firms, governments and other industry players, and much more. All of this requires working with a legal partner with end-to-end agribusiness sector experience.

How we can help

With expert lawyers drawn from practice areas across the firm, Osler’s Agribusiness team provides  legal advice and practical business guidance on the multi-faceted agricultural sectors. This includes everything from primary production and aggregation to plants, processing and equipment, and extends to transportation and international trade, with technological innovation at every step of the process.

We have the breadth of knowledge and experience to understand the wide-ranging issues that industry participants face. We can assist with

  • establishing new enterprises and assisting with capital-raising for their ongoing growth and development
  • the full range of supply chain issues, including contractual arrangements and disputes
  • matters related to the facilities and plants that are vital to operations in the agribusiness sector

Our Agribusiness team includes Osler Special Advisor Brad Wall, the former Premier of Saskatchewan. Mr. Wall offers Osler clients his strategic insight and invaluable guidance, particularly concerning the agriculture and energy industries.

To face the challenges and opportunities in this space, you need to work with a firm with deep industry expertise and a proven track record of helping many of the sector’s biggest names -  Osler can help set you up for long-term success.

Key Contacts

Shawn Denstedt, KC

Chair Emeritus, Calgary

Neal Ross

Partner, Corporate, Calgary

Brad Wall

Special Advisor, Calgary


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