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Mergers and Acquisitions

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 industry ranking 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 effectively advise on and staff 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.

Key Contacts

Co-Chair

Jeremy Fraiberg

Partner, Corporate, Toronto

Co-Chair

Alex Gorka

Partner, Corporate, Toronto


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Latest Insights

  • Report Jun 28, 2024

    Increased rigour in merger enforcement

    The Canadian merger review regime under the Competition Act (the Act) has undergone significant change from a substantive, technical and procedural pe...

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    Increased rigour in merger enforcement
  • Webinar Apr 9, 2024

    Osler AI series: Key issues in M&A transactions for AI companies (part 2)

    A deep dive into large language models (LLMs) The next module in the Osler AI webinar series – key issues in M&A transactions for AI compani...

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    Osler AI series: Key issues in M&A transactions for AI companies (part 2)
  • Osler Update Mar 11, 2024

    Ontario Capital Markets Tribunal clarifies considerations for a private placement in the face of an unsolicited takeover bid in Aimia

    The OSC has provided helpful guidance in assessing whether a private placement undertaken in the face of a take-over bid is an improper defensive tact...

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    Ontario Capital Markets Tribunal clarifies considerations for a private placement in the face of an unsolicited takeover bid in Aimia
  • Osler Update Mar 8, 2024

    PDAC 2024 delivers mixed signals as attendees look for answers to industry challenges

    PDAC 2024 kicked off with a strong start with large crowds and a buzz of optimism seeking answers to industry challenges.

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    PDAC 2024 delivers mixed signals as attendees look for answers to industry challenges
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Awards and Recognition

  • 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
    • “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, 2023, 2020 and 2017
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Corporate and M&A (Tier 1)
  • Mergermarket: #1 Canadian law firm in the M&A league tables for Canada by value FY 2023
  • LSEG: #2 law firm overall in the M&A league tables for completed deals for Canada by value and the only Canadian law firm ranked in the Global M&A league tables for completed deals by value FY 2023
  • Mergermarket, LSEG and Bloomberg: #2 law firm overall in the M&A league tables for Canada by deal count FY 2023

In the Media

  • Osler News Jul 5, 2024

    Osler ranked top Canadian M&A law firm for first half of 2024

    Osler is proud to be ranked as the #1 law firm in the Canadian M&A league tables published by Bloomberg and LSEG (formerly Refinitiv) for the firs...

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  • Media Mentions Jun 23, 2024

    Canadian lawyers eyeing ‘robust’ deal scene for rest of 2024 — ALM Law.com

    There are deals yet to come in 2024, despite a slow first half of the year. At least, that’s the consensus opinion gathered by Gail J. Cohen after int...

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    Canadian lawyers eyeing ‘robust’ deal scene for rest of 2024 — ALM Law.com
  • Media Mentions Jun 12, 2024

    How to avoid Canada’s ‘early exit’ startup problem — TechExit.io

    One of the questions that company founders are continually faced with is “when to sell?” In an interview with TechExit.io’s Stefan Palios, Osler’s Van...

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    How to avoid Canada’s ‘early exit’ startup problem — TechExit.io
  • Osler News May 14, 2024

    Osler one of the firms honoured as a winner of M&A Deal of the Year at the 2024 Canadian Law Awards  

    Osler was part of the winning M&A Deal of the Year at the 2024 Canada Law Awards

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    Osler one of the firms honoured as a winner of M&A Deal of the Year at the 2024 Canadian Law Awards  
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