Terrence Burgoyne

During Terry’s 40-year career with Osler, he advised leading Canadian and international companies in executing complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions, principally in the areas of private M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances, cross-border transactions and professional services businesses.

For six years, Terry served as Managing Partner of the firm, with responsibility for business strategy and client relationship management, and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He also practised for several years with the firm's office in London, England.

In the later years of his career, Terry also served as Osler’s General Counsel, with responsibility for the firm’s legal affairs and risk management, including conflicts and compliance matters.  While he has retired from active practice, he continues to advise certain long-standing clients and to support Osler’s General Counsel Office as General Counsel Emeritus.

Representative Work

  • TopBuild

    TopBuild in its $1 billion acquisition of Distribution International


    RSM US LLP in the launch of RSM Canada

  • Nutreco Canada Inc.

    Nutreco in its acquisition of Hi-Pro Feeds

  • Torstar Corporation

    Torstar Corporation in its $200 million acquisition of an interest in VerticalScope Holdings Inc.

    • Counsel to the Premier’s Council on Government Assets of Ontario relating to the retailing and distribution of beer in Ontario
    • Counsel to Manulife Financial Corporation in its $4 billion acquisition of the Canadian-based operations of Standard Life plc. The deal combined Manulife, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, and Standard Life Canada, the country’s fifth-largest insurer
    • The acquisition by Target Corporation of up to 220 leases in Canada from Zellers Inc.
    • A number of private equity investments for Clearspring Capital
    • Medical Pharmacies Group Limited in a number of acquisitions in the medical services industry
    • A major strategic alliance between Irving Oil and Alimentation Couche-Tard
    • The sale of Trivial Pursuit to Hasbro, Inc.
    • The purchase by Nutreco International B.V. of the animal nutrition business of Maple Leaf Foods
    • The sale of A&P Canada to Metro Inc.

    Awards and Recognition

    • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/Commercial (Ontario)
      • “He knows where to push and why. He also brings good common sense and understands the deal that we are trying to get done.”
    • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Commercial Law; Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A (Highly Regarded)
    • BTI: Recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star

    Media Mentions

    • Osler News Apr 19, 2023

      42 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Finance and M&A

      Osler is proud to announce 42 of our lawyers have been recognized as leaders in the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2023.

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    • Osler News Apr 20, 2022

      23 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Finance and M&A

      Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2022 recognizes 23 Osler lawyers.

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    • Osler News Mar 21, 2018

      Terry Burgoyne appointed to the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Canada

      Osler is proud to share the news that Terry Burgoyne is being appointed to the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Canada.

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    • Osler News Mar 14, 2018

      Being number one – Lexpert

      Osler partner Terry Burgoyne tells Lexpert that companies should consider a wide range of factors when hiring in-house counsel.

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    Community Involvement

    • Member of the Expert Panel appointed by the Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services to review Ontario’s business law statutes and advise on its business law agenda
    • National Gallery of Canada – Member of the Board of Trustees
    • Shorefast Foundation – Member of the Board of Directors

    Speaking and Writing

    Published Work

    • Hydro One IPO and the Beer Store restructuring: Ontario gets down to business Dec 9, 2015.
    • Mergers & Acquisitions: A Perspective on the Canadian Private M&A Environment, Podcast, December 2010.
    • Acquisitions of Private Businesses in Canada, Osler Guides, September 2010.
    • Acquisition of Private Canadian Businesses, Practical Law: The Journal, July/August 2010.
    • Unanimous Shareholder Agreements, Federated Press, 2nd Annual Shareholder’s Agreements Course, March 2007.



    • University of Toronto, LL.B.
    • Dalhousie University, B.Comm.


    • English

    Professional Affiliations

    • Ontario Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee, Committee Member
    • Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Section, Associate Member
    • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Associate Member
    • The Law Society of England and Wales