Terrence Burgoyne

Terrence Burgoyne

General Counsel Emeritus

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.6601



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1983


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



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.

  • 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.
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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.