Emmanuel (Manny) Pressman served as Chair of Osler’s Corporate Department from 2015 until 2023 and as Head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice during the prior five-year period. He represents public and private companies, private equity sponsors, special committees, boards of directors, and investment banks involved in take-over bids, proxy contests, joint ventures, negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate transactions and restructurings. His clients have included Constellation Brands, The Estée Lauder Companies, Entertainment One, Magna International, Blackstone, TPG Capital, KingSett Capital, Vector Capital, New Mountain Capital, and Fairfax Financial.
Mr. Pressman is widely and repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A practitioner including by Who’s Who Legal (Global Leader); Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1); The Lexpert/AmLaw Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; The Legal 500; The Best Lawyers in Canada; and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Most Frequently Recommended).
In 2022, Mr. Pressman was recognized by Best Lawyers as its “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law. In 2021, he was recognized by Lexpert as one of “Toronto’s Top 20 Best M&A Lawyers”. In 2020, he was recognized by IFLR 1000 as the inaugural recipient of its “M&A Lawyer of the Year Award” for Canada. In 2019, he was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” by Canadian Lawyer in its annual peer survey.
Mr. Pressman is an elected Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences relating to mergers and acquisitions, and has guest lectured at the McGill University Faculty of Law, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and the IBA Mergers & Acquisitions Conference in New York; and was the co-author of the Canada chapter of the International Mergers & Acquisitions Review for 10 years. Among his community involvement, Mr. Pressman currently serves on the Board of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.