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.

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Desmond Lee

Partner, Corporate
Toronto

Michael Innes

Partner, Corporate
Toronto
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    The underwriters in the $150 million bought deal offering of TransAlta Rewewables Inc. common shares by way of a prospectus supplement filed on June 15, 2018.

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    Chorus Aviation Completes $100 million bought deal offering

  • Enbridge Inc.

    The underwriters in the US$850 million hybrid note offering by Enbridge

  • Entertainment One Ltd.

    Entertainment One in its acquisition of the remaining 49% minority interest in The Mark Gordon Company for US$209 million and related financings for the acquisition

  • CT REIT

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  • IFLR Americas Awards, 2018, Osler named "Capital Markets firm of the year".
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2018, Toronto, Ontario, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities practice as Most Frequently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2018, Ottawa, Ontario, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities practice as Most Frequently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2018, Calgary, Alberta, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities practice as Consistently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2018, Montreal, Quebec, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities practice as Consistently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Toronto, Ontario, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Commercial Law practice as Most Frequently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Ottawa, Ontario, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Commercial Law practice as Most Frequently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Calgary, Alberta, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Commercial Law practice as Consistently Recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Montreal, Quebec, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate Commercial Law practice as Consistently Recommended.
  • The Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2018, Band 1, recognized in the area of Capital Markets.
  • The Legal 500, 2015-2018, Osler ranked in Tier 1, recognized in the area of Capital Markets.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017-2018, 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, 2016-2018, 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, 2016-2018, 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, 2016-2018, 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."
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2009-2018, Tier 1, ranked in the area of Capital Markets.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2018, Osler lawyers recommended in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities Law.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2015, Osler’s lawyers recognized in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • 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, 2017: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal counsel to both issuers and underwriters for combined equity and debt offerings by value. 
  • Bloomberg, 2017: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian counsel to the issuer for equity offerings by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2017: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian counsel to the issuer for IPOs by deal value.
  • Bloomberg, 2017: Osler ranked #2 as Canadian counsel to the underwriters for corporate bonds by deal value.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2017: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as issuer legal advisor by deal count.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2017: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian Debt Offerings as underwriter legal advisor by deal count.
  • Financial Post, 2016: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt and equities combined by deal value and #2 by deal count.
  • Financial Post, 2016: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian legal advisor to the issuer for debt offerings by deal value.
  • 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.