Brian Gray

Brian is Chair of Osler’s Private Equity practice. His practice is focused primarily on complex corporate and transactional matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Brian has extensive experience advising on private equity and cross-border transactions, and frequently counsels clients on a variety of securities law, corporate governance and strategic matters. In addition to private equity, Brian's industry experience includes financial services, manufacturing, automotive, information technology, retail and mining.


Representative Work

  • Vector Capital in its sale of Corel Corporation
  • ADT Inc. in its sale of ADT Canada to TELUS Communications for $700 million
  • Magna International Inc. in the sale of its global fluid pressures and controls business to South Korean automotive parts maker Hanon Systems for US$1.23 billion.
  • The underwriters, led by CIBC Capital Markets, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and RBC Capital Markets in the initial public offering of Canada Goose Holdings Inc.
  • Hydro One Limited in its initial public offering.
  • Hydro One Inc. in connection with its agreement to acquire Great Lakes Transmission LP.
  • Royal Bank of Canada in its sale of RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited.
  • Google Inc. in its acquisition of various Canadian technology businesses.
  • American Capital, Ltd. in its acquisition of Lennox International Inc.’s business unit, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Feb 8, 2023

    Corporate opportunity waivers make their way to Canada: Implications for private equity and venture capital investments

    Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit a corporate opportunity waiver in its articles or unanimous shareholder agreements - we discuss ...

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    Corporate opportunity waivers make their way to Canada: Implications for private equity and venture capital investments
  • Osler Update Dec 8, 2020

    Representations and warranties insurance – An increasingly important tool for Canadian dealmakers

    In 2020, representations and warranties insurance (RWI) continued to play an increasingly significant role in the Canadian private M&A market.

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    Representations and warranties insurance – An increasingly important tool for Canadian dealmakers

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions

    —Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Recognized as a Rising Star (2023)

    —Lexpert Rising Stars

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Nov 23, 2023

    Brian Gray and Jessica Harding named 2023 Lexpert Rising Stars

    Congratulations to Brian Gray and Jessica Harding on being named 2023 Lexpert Rising Stars: Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40.

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  • Media Mentions Jul 26, 2023

    Analysis: Small firms offer private equity job market bright spot – Reuters

    In a recent Reuters article, Brian Gray, corporate partner and Chair of Osler’s Private Equity practice, explains why smaller private equity firms are...

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  • Osler News Nov 4, 2022

    Osler names M&A and Private Equity leaders

    Osler is pleased to announce two new practice group leaders.

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Credentials

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • Schulich School of Business, M.B.A.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A.

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario