Professional Services - Mergers and Acquisitions

The professional services sector has always been ripe for M&A activity. Given the competitiveness of this sector and the demand for skilled workers, buying another business to complement your own can be an attractive path to growth.

Whatever service you provide – accounting, engineering, advertising, management consulting – it is important to work with a law firm that understands how to effectively structure a deal in knowledge-based industries. There may be employee contracts to consider, pensions to understand, and client relationships to navigate.

Osler’s Professional Services team has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes on M&A transactions – whether it is buying or selling a business or part of an operation. We understand the nuances of each professional services sub-sector and can provide legal advice on a host of M&A-related matters.

With the professional services industry continuing to expand and evolve, it is important to work with a firm that can provide the legal advice you need to successfully execute M&A transactions that further your strategic objectives.

Recent experience

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in its $1.13 billion acquisition of People Corporation. The acquisition allowed People Corporation to grow and expand its talent, technology, group benefits, group retirement and HR solutions, to enhance the delivery of market-leading solutions to clients.

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Golder Associates Corporation

Golder Associates Corporation in its $1.5 billion acquisition by WSP. The acquisition created a leading global environmental consulting firm and was funded through $310 million in private placements which included $260 million by GIC and $50 million from BCI, and $1.2 billion through new bank debt.

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RSM US LLP in the launch of RSM Canada with an office 300-strong in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. The transaction benefited RSM Canada and its clients with access to more than 41,400 professionals in over 120 countries around the world and expertise tailored to the middle market.

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