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Capital Markets

Clients choose Osler for our specialized expertise, extensive knowledge of industry practices and business-minded approach.

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.

Key Contacts

Co-Chair

Rosalind Hunter

Partner, Corporate, Toronto

Co-Chair

Desmond Lee

Partner, Corporate, Toronto

Rob Lando

New York Managing Partner, New York

Eric M. Levy

Partner, Corporate, Toronto, Montréal


Representative Work


Latest Insights

  • Blog Jul 10, 2024

    Long awaited U.S. Supreme Court ruling curtails SEC’s use of administrative courts

    On June 27, 2024, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) released its ruling [PDF] on what has been a decade-long dispute between the Securities Exc...

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    Long awaited U.S. Supreme Court ruling curtails SEC’s use of administrative courts
  • Blog Jun 27, 2024

    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a proposed rule change allowing major exchanges to list Ethereum exchange-traded funds.

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    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs
  • Osler Update May 3, 2024

    BC Hydro’s request for proposals reinforces foundation for Indigenous participation in clean energy future

    We address the actions taken by power authorities across Canada to encourage Indigenous participation in new energy-generating projects.

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    BC Hydro’s request for proposals reinforces foundation for Indigenous participation in clean energy future
  • Blog Apr 16, 2024

    SEC wins novel ‘shadow trading’ trial against biopharma executive

    A novel theory of insider trading known as “shadow trading” involves the use of material non-public information about a re...

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    SEC wins novel ‘shadow trading’ trial against biopharma executive
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Capital Markets (Band 1)
    • "One of the best firms to use for anything with a high degree of complexity and for matters that span multiple practice areas."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Capital Markets (Band 1)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Finance & Securities (Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta) and Corporate Commercial Law (Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Calgary, Alberta)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" in the area of Securities Law (Canada), 2021
  • IFLR Americas Awards: Named “Capital Markets firm of the Year”, 2021
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Capital Markets: Debt; Capital Markets: Equity (Tier 1)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Capital Markets (Tier 1)

    LEAGUE TABLE RANKINGS

  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to both the issuers and underwriters for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2023
  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to the issuers for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2022
  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to the issuers for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2021
  • Financial Post: Osler ranked #1 firm as legal counsel to the issuers for combined equity and debt offerings by value FY 2020
  • 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

In the Media

  • Media Mentions Jul 11, 2024

    A conversation with Stephen Poloz on Canada’s economy, inflation, interest rates and productivity — ARC Energy Ideas podcast

    In discussion during an ARC Energy Ideas podcast, Osler Special Advisor Stephen Poloz says Canada has a good opportunity to develop a critical mineral...

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  • Media Mentions Apr 22, 2024

    How to select board members who bring ‘discipline and rigour’ to family enterprises – The Globe and Mail

    Counsel Heidi Wong tells The Globe and Mail why family businesses should hire outside expertise.

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    How to select board members who bring ‘discipline and rigour’ to family enterprises – The Globe and Mail
  • Osler News Apr 3, 2024

    Osler partners Janice Buckingham and Andrea Whyte appointed as King’s Counsel

    Calgary-based partners Janice Buckingham, the former co-lead of the Energy Practice and Andrea Whyte, of the Corporate Group, have been appointed as K...

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  • Osler News Feb 26, 2024

    Osler builds capital market expertise in Calgary with addition of two partners

    Osler is pleased to welcome Dan Shea and Jessica Myers as partners in the firm’s Calgary office.

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