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

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2003-2016, 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."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016, Osler ranked in Band 1, Corporate/M&A.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016, Osler ranked in Band 1, Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Ontario.
    • "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, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Alberta.
    • "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, Osler ranked in the area of Corporate/Commercial: The Elite- Québec.
    • "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."
  • The Legal 500, 2015-2016, Osler ranked in Band 1, Corporate/ M&A.
  • 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, 2004-2015, Osler’s M&A Group (Montreal), Consistently recommended.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2015, Osler’s M&A Group (Ottawa), Most frequently recommended.
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2009-2016, 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.”
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2016, Osler lawyers recommended in the area of M&A.

M&A League Table Rankings

  • 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.

  • Calgary Breakfast Seminar Series: Learn How New Takeover Bid Rules Will Change Canadian M&A for Buyers and Targets , Osler office - Calgary, Alberta

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