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. 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.
Related Expertise

Jeremy Fraiberg

Partner, Corporate
Toronto

Robert M. Yalden

Partner, Corporate
Montréal

Emmanuel Pressman

Partner, Chair, Corporate
Toronto

Frank Turner

Partner, Corporate
Calgary

Shahir Guindi

National Co-chair
Montréal
  • SmartREIT

    SmartREIT and Strathallen Acquisitions Inc. to acquire all of the assets and liabilities of OneREIT for $1.1 billion

  • Mitel Networks Corporation

    Mitel Networks Corporation in connection with its acquisition of ShoreTel, Inc. for US$530 million

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One in connection with its $6.7 billion acquisition of Avista

  • Dream Global REIT

    Dream Global REIT in its approximately $903 million transaction relating to a 135 property portfolio in the Netherlands

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in its committed equity investment in Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., in relation to the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems

  • Apache Canada Ltd.

    Apache Canada Ltd. in three concurrent transactions totaling $927 million

  • China National Chemical Corporation

    ChemChina in connection with its US$43 billion acquisition of Syngenta AG

  • Stryker Corporation

    Stryker Corporation in its acquisition of NOVADAQ Technologies Inc.

  • National Tire Distributors Inc.

    National Tire Distributors Inc. in its acquisition of Pneus Supérieurs Inc.

  • Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.

    Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. in Waterous Energy Fund’s acquisition of 67 per cent of its common shares

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  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017, Osler’s M&A Group (Toronto), Most frequently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017, Osler’s M&A Group (Calgary), Consistently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2004-2017, Osler’s M&A Group (Montreal), Consistently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017, Osler’s M&A Group (Ottawa), Consistently recommended.
  • The Legal 500, 2015-2017, Osler ranked in Tier 1, recognized in the area of Corporate/M&A.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2003-2017, Osler ranked in Band 1, recognized in the area of Corporate/M&A
    • “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.”
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2009-2017, Osler ranked in the area of M&A.
    • “Osler has supported us very well over the years. The issues we deal with are very complex, usually ground breaking and so we look for the top lawyers.”
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, Band 1, recognized in the area of Corporate/M&A.
    • "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."
  • 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."
    • "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 an excellent firm and very strong across all areas. They're very responsive, quick, concise and have deep subject matter expertise."
  • 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."
    • "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 great depth across various practice areas - when working with them you never feel under-served."
  • 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."
    • "They have a very good outlook on the market and are well known for their business judgement."
    • "They're an excellent firm and are incredibly good in terms of their level of expertise of legal counsel. The delivery of the services has been incredibly professional."
  • Lexpert Top Ten Deals of 2014, Osler’s M&A Group recognized in eight of the top 10 deals of the year.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2000-2015, Osler’s M&A Group (Toronto), Consistently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2005-2015, Osler’s M&A Group (Calgary), Repeatedly recommended. 
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2015, Osler’s M&A Group (Ottawa), Most frequently recommended.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2016, recommended in the area of M&A.

M&A League Table Rankings

  • Thomson Reuters, 2017: Osler ranked #1 law firm for Canadian announced deals by value, with US$23.4 billion in total transaction value represented by 31 deals for Q1 2017.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2017: Osler ranked #2 law firm for Canadian announced deals by deal count for Q1 2017.
  • Bloomberg, 2017: Osler ranked #2 Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value for Q1 2017.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2016: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian completed deals by value, with US$54 billion in total transaction value represented by 70 deals.
  • Bloomberg, 2016: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value.
  • Bloomberg, 2016: Osler ranked #1 as Canadian law firm for Global private equity deals by value.
  • Mergermarket, 2016: Osler ranked #1 Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value.
  • Thomson Reuters, First-Half 2016: Osler ranked #1 Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value and #2 firm by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, First-Half 2016: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value.
  • Mergermarket, First-Half 2016: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value, and #1 for Canadian completed deals by value.
  • Mergermarket, 2015: Osler ranked #1 for Canadian announced deals by value, and #2 for Canadian announced deals by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked as the top Canadian law firm for Canadian announced deals by value, and #2 for Canadian announced deals by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian mid-market M&A transactions up to $500 million by value and by deal count.
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler ranked #2 for Canadian mid-market M&A transactions up to $250 million by value, and #3 by deal count
  • Bloomberg, 2015: Osler was included as one of only two Canadian law firms in the global mid-market rankings.
  • Thomson Reuters, 2014: Osler ranked #1 for both Canadian announced and completed deals by value.
  • Mergermarket, 2014: Osler ranked #3 for Canadian announced deals by value.

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