Mergers and Acquisitions

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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 world's 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.

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Jeremy Fraiberg

Partner, Corporate

Toronto

Emmanuel Pressman

Partner, Chair, Corporate

Toronto

Frank Turner

Partner, Corporate

Calgary

Shahir Guindi, Ad. E.

National Co-chair

Montréal

  • Québecor

    Québecor and its wholly-owned subsidiary Videotron Ltd. in their $2.85 billion acquisition of Freedom Mobile Inc. from Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc.

  • Drax Group

    Drax Group in the acquisition of Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation’s pellet plant

  • Canalyst

    Canalyst in its acquisition by Tegus

  • VAALCO Energy

    VAALCO in its US$307 million business combination with TransGlobe

  • Safran

    Safran in its acquisition of Orolia

  • FreshWorks Studios

    FreshWorks Studio in its acquisition by EY

  • Hecla Mining

    Hecla Mining in its definitive agreement to acquire Alexco Resource Corp.

  • Bitvo Inc.

    Bitvo Inc. in its acquisition by FTX Trading

  • LifeWorks

    LifeWorks in its $2.9 billion acquisition by TELUS

  • Zebra Technologies

    Zebra Technologies in its acquisition of Matrox Imaging

  • Bailey International

    Bailey International in connection with its acquisition of Hydrolico International

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its US$1.9 billion sale of Barrette Outdoor Living with TorQuest Partners to CRH plc

  • Nasdaq

    Nasdaq in its acquisition of Metrio

  • Reamined Systems Inc.

    Reamined in its $45.9 million acquisition by Information Services Corporation

  • Imerys

    Imerys in its sale of two graphite mines to Northern Graphite

  • TerraFarma

    TerraFarma in its up to $68 million acquisition by Aurora Cannabis

  • Chorus Aviation

    Chorus Aviation in its US$374 million investment by Brookfield

  • Nicoya Lifesciences

    Nicoya Lifesciences in its acquisition of LSK Technologies

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$225 million sale of Chirano mine to Asante Gold Corporation

  • Zacatecas Silver

    Zacatecas Silver in its US$60 million acquisition of the Esperanza Gold Project and $19.15 subscription receipt offering

  • AcordPay

    AcordPay in its acquisition by InsurePay

  • Energy Transfer Canada

    Energy Transfer Canada in connection with Pembina Pipeline Corporation and KKR’s joint venture to merge Western Canadian processing assets

  • Assembly Digital

    Assembly Digital in its acquisition by St. Joseph Communications

  • Circle Cardiovascular Imaging

    Circle Cardiovascular Imaging in its strategic investment from Thoma Bravo

  • BBH Capital Partners

    BBH Capital Partners in its $120 million investment in Synex Group insurance

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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/M&A (Band 1); Corporate/Commercial: The Elite: Ontario (Band 1), Alberta and 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)
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A (Tier 1)
  • IFLR Americas Awards: National Corporate Firm of the Year - Canada, 2020
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Corporate and M&A (Tier 1)
  • Refinitiv: #1 law firm for Canadian announced deals by value FY 2021
  • Bloomberg: #1 law firm for Canadian announced deals by value FY 2021