Mergers and Acquisitions

Overview

Mergers and acquisitions transactions, whether large or small, have inherent complexities that need to be clearly understood and properly addressed. Experienced legal counsel is essential on all M&A transactions and for all clients, ranging from local start-ups to global conglomerates. Osler's M&A group is consistently ranked Band 1 in Chambers Canada, one of the worlds leading legal publications. With decades of experience advising successfully on M&A transactions, Osler can be trusted to provide clients with the right level of legal advice required to lead a successful deal, for several reasons:

  • Involvement in High Volume and Range of Transactions – We are effective at advising on and staffing all types and sizes of transactions, be it for domestic, cross-border or multi-national companies. We have designed and implemented innovative legal structures that have revolutionized the M&A landscape and continue to provide valuable solutions to our clients.
  • Breadth and Depth of Related Expertise – Our leading M&A practitioners are complemented by top-ranked expertise in tax, competition/antitrust, securities/regulatory, banking & financial services, litigation, pensions, employment/executive compensation and all other specialized areas that are key to effecting a successful M&A transaction. Taxation, for instance, is integral to accomplishing strategic M&A initiatives and no other Canadian law firm has been so consistently recognized for the excellence of its tax practice.
  • Client Focus – We understand the business imperative behind a transaction and the business environments in which our clients operate. Our “client first” approach pervades every aspect of our firm culture and we bring that approach to the way we structure a deal, negotiate a deal, mitigate risk and staff and efficiently manage files.
  • U.S./Cross-Border Legal Services – We offer seamless legal services north and south of the border. Our Canadian and New York offices are regularly involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, providing strategic, innovative advice. Our distinct cross-border orientation enables us to represent U.S. companies doing business in Canada as well as Canadian companies expanding their businesses to the south.

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Jeremy Fraiberg

Partner, Corporate
Toronto

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Partner, Chair, Corporate
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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/M&A (Band 1); Corporate/Commercial: The Elite (Ontario; Alberta; Québec)
    • "They operate nationally in Canada, with a seamless approach to staffing across offices. They know our company well, and I appreciate their forward thinking about the next transaction to make things more efficient."
    • "Their reputation as an M&A shop is virtually unrivalled. They have great bench strength and field multiple teams without anything slipping through the cracks. As a client, we are very well treated."
    • "They are not only knowledgeable and smart but are also prepared to work hard, are businesslike in their focus on legal issues and meet their commitments to clients."
    • "They have a deep bench, which is invaluable. They are incredibly responsive and helpful in everything that they do."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
    • “Both Canadian and international clients rely on Osler for its breadth and depth of expertise in corporate/M&A law.”
    • “Osler has played a key advisory role in many of the largest M&A transactions in Canada over the past several years.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions (Calgary, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario)
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