Private Equity and Pension Fund Investments

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Osler’s top-tier Private Equity and Pension Fund Investments Group comprises leading legal professionals who have the extensive expertise, experience, industry relationships and knowledge to advise private equity and pension fund clients on a wide range of matters.

Our highly acclaimed group uses a team-based, hands-on approach to provide private equity sponsors, pension plans and other tax-exempt entities with seamless expertise to advise on investment transactions across a number of asset classes, industry verticals and geographies. Clients rely on our diverse set of experts, who use a cutting-edge and collaborative approach to provide specialized legal advice in such areas as fund formation, fund investment, M&A, tax, pensions, corporate finance, governance, real estate, franchise, employment and competition.

Our fully integrated team assists many international and domestic private equity firms as well as Canadian pension funds in structuring investments in a manner that achieves financial objectives. For our pension funds this includes expertise to maintain its tax-exempt status and ensure regulatory compliance. Clients also value our team’s ability to scope work accurately, manage risks effectively and deliver cost-effective results.

Our significant position in private equity and pension fund investment is attributable to several factors:

  • Significant experience in fund formation and fund investment matters to guide clients through the investment cycle.
  • Deep understanding of how to create structures that comply with Canada’s tax and other regulatory requirements, including pension legislation.
  • Leading M&A practice, having acted for principal parties on the largest and most innovative domestic and international transactions, of which private equity and pension funds are dominant players.
  • Deep cross-border and U.S. legal service capabilities, along with extensive experience in planning and structuring investments to and from Canada.
  • Established relationships with the most prominent players in Canada and the United States including leading private equity sponsors, pension funds, venture capital funds, major corporations, institutions and growing private companies.
  • Trusted relationships with U.S. and other international law firms to support the Canadian components of global transactions.

Market-leading transactional expertise

We have the necessary resources to structure and seamlessly execute the most complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions for some of the world’s largest private equity firms and pension funds. Osler’s leading transactional deal flow is highlighted by its top standing in the M&A league tables. For 2020, Osler was ranked by both Refinitiv and Bloomberg as the #1 law firm for Canadian announced deals by value.

Comprehensive expertise

We understand the nuances of the most sophisticated deals and support our clients through each stage of the investment cycle. We also have the legal expertise to advise on all elements of investment from fund formation, co-investment, structuring, M&A to distressed investing and acquisitions through restructuring, carve-out transactions, cross-border support for global transactions, IPO exits, PIPE (Private Investments in Public Companies) and leveraged buyouts.

Legal components of a private equity or pension fund investment strategy

Osler leverages our collaborative one-firm approach to provide extensive service across all aspects of managing investments. Clients can access our experience in tax structuring, corporate lending & acquisition finance, executive compensation and employee benefits, merger review & ICA implications, mergers and acquisitions, governance advice, supporting cross-border requirements, pension investing & PBA advice, capital markets activities (including IPOs) and fund formation.

Legal components of a private equity or pension fund investment strategy

Our position as a trusted advisor in private equity and pension fund investing has been earned through our ability to support the most complex transactions and key legal components of an investment strategy.

Supporting your Fund Strategy

Osler works closely with our private equity clients to provide advice when formulating a strategy and structuring and executing an investment-related transactions of all types of funds from fund of fund to distressed credit.  Our transactional experience includes all fund strategies in all geographies.  

Industry expertise

Our industry expertise in key Canadian sectors supports our clients’ investment theses with deep knowledge and past transactional experience in related industries.


John Groenewegen

Partner, Corporate


Jack Silverson

Partner, Tax


Paul Litner

Partner, Pensions & Benefits


Shahir Guindi, Ad. E.

Former National Co-Chair, Partner, Corporate


Matias Milet

Partner, Tax


  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Investment Funds (Band 1); Investment Funds: Fund Formation (Band 1); Private Equity: Buyouts; Tax (Band 1); Corporate/Commercial: The Elite (Ontario - Band 1; Alberta; Quebec)
    • "I enjoy working with them - they bring a level of technical expertise that is extremely deep. We get tremendous insight."
    • "The quality of service is excellent. The team has a very good relationship with clients and is very prompt."
    • "They've been exceptional and take a pragmatic view of issues."
    • "They are an excellent firm and very strong across all areas. They're very responsive, quick, concise and have deep subject matter expertise."
    • "They are not only knowledgeable and smart but are also prepared to work hard, are business-like in their focus on legal issues and meet their commitments to clients."
    • "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."
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Private Equity
  • International Tax Review: Recognized in Transactional Tax (Tier 1)