Corporate Finance and Securities

Overview

Osler is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading corporate finance firms. 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.

Related Expertise

Desmond Lee

Partner, Corporate
Toronto

Michael Innes

Partner, Corporate
Toronto

Frank Turner

Partner, Corporate
Calgary
  • Shell Canada Limited

    Shell Canada Limited, in its sale of strategic assets to Tourmaline Oil Corp. for $1.369 billion

  • Sterling Resources Ltd.

    Osler represents Nordic Trustee ASA for Sterling Resources Norwegian Bond Recapitalization

  • Smart Real Estate Investment Trust

    SmartREIT in its $350 million issue of series O and series P senior unsecured Debentures

  • Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

    The Underwriters in the bought-deal financing by Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

  • Resson Aerospace Corporation

    Resson Aerospace Corporation in connection with its US$11 million Series B Financing

  • Dream Office REIT

    Dream Office REIT in connection with its co-ownership agreement to own Scotia Plaza and its sale with H&R REIT

  • Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. in connection with concurrent offerings for $6.2 billion

  • Real Matters Inc.

    The placement agent in a $100 million private placement by Real Matters Inc.

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its $1.97 billion secondary offering of common shares

  • Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. in its US$10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy Inc. and $1.9 billion Bought Deal Offering of Convertible Debentures

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  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2009-2017, Tier 1, ranked in the area of Capital Markets.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017, Band 1, recognized in the area of Capital Markets.
    • "They are very proactive and their focus on solutions is good. They distinguish themselves in their ability to come up with solutions and advise in the broader context of business."
    • "They're very responsive; they are always on call and are attentive to our needs. I feel very well represented and very well advised."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016-2017, Band 1, recognized in the area of Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Ontario.
    • "They are as good as any firm in Canada. They know our industry and business, give thorough and fixed advice and are very proactive. The quality of the lawyers is consistent, with a single point of contact."
    • "They've been extremely attentive - they do their job well and they do it efficiently."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Alberta.
    • "One of the best firms to use for anything with a high degree of complexity and for matters that span multiple practice areas."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Québec.
    • "They have a deep bench, which is invaluable. They are incredibly responsive and helpful in everything that they do."
    • "They were very nimble and they put together a very good team."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2003-2015, Osler ranked in Band 1, Corporate/M&A.
    • "I have a tremendous amount of respect for the skill and advice that they have provided - they are our go-to firm for any large or sophisticated project."
    • "They are willing to understand and look at matters from a business and commercial viewpoint based on their understanding of a client's key business drivers."
  • The Legal 500, 2015-2016, Osler ranked in Band 1, Capital Markets.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2015, Osler’s Corporate Finance & Securities (Toronto), most frequently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2015, Osler’s Corporate Finance & Securities (Calgary), repeatedly recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2015, Osler’s Corporate Finance & Securities (Montreal), consistently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2015, Osler’s Corporate Finance & Securities (Ottawa), most frequently recommended.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2015, Osler’s lawyers recognized in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2015, Osler lawyers recommended in the area of Corporate Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2015, Osler lawyers recommended in the area of Securities Law.
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2015, Osler lawyers recommended in Corporate Law.
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2015, Osler lawyers recommended in Capital Markets.
  • The Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2015, Osler lawyers recommended in Capital Markets.

League Table Rankings

  • Financial Post, 2015: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt and equities combined by deal count, and #2 by deal value.
  • Financial Post, 2015: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for equity offerings by deal value.
  • Financial Post, 2015: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt offerings by deal count, and #2 by deal value.
  • Financial Post, 2015: Osler ranked #2 as Canadian legal advisor to the underwriters for debt offerings by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Equity Offerings as issuer legal advisor by value.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #3 for Canadian Equity Offerings as manager legal advisor by value.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as issuer legal advisor by value and by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as manager legal advisor by value and by deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Equity Offerings as issuer legal advisor by value.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Equity Offerings as manager legal advisor by value.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Debt Offerings as issuer legal advisor by deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Debt Offerings as manager legal advisor by value.
  • Financial Post, 2014: Osler ranked #2 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt and equities combined by deal count.
  •  Bloomberg, 2014: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as manager legal advisor by deal value, and #3 by deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2014: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Debt Offerings as issuer legal advisor by deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2014: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as manager legal advisor by deal count, and #3 by deal value.
  • Financial Post, 2013: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the underwriters for debt and equities combined by deal value.
  • Financial Post, 2013: Osler ranked #2 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt and equities combined by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2013: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Equity Offerings as issuer legal advisor by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2013: Osler ranked #3 for Canadian Equity Offerings as manager legal advisor by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2013: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as manager legal advisor by deal value and deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2013: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian Equity Offerings as issuer legal advisor by deal value.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2013: Osler ranked #3 for Canadian Equity Offerings as manager legal advisor by deal value.