This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Having celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is an established law firm with four offices across Canada as well as an office in New York. The firm represents a wide-range of clients from all segments of the market and at various stages in the growth of their business. Osler displays the utmost commitment to its clients’ success and has earned a reputation for its legal expertise, industry knowledge and collaborative approach. The firm achieves 43 listings across 19 practice areas.
|OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 43|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Capital Markets||2||M & A||1|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Oil & Gas||4|
|Corporate Governance||3||Public Procurement||3|
|Corporate Tax||7||Real Estate||1|
|Franchise||4||Trade & Customs||2|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||4||Trademarks||1|
|Internet & e-Commerce||1|
Osler’s corporate tax expertise is “second to none” and seven of the firm’s lawyers rank highly in our research. The Toronto office is best represented with four lawyers listed including Richard Tremblay, a “phenomenal” practitioner with tax experience in capital markets, M&A, foreign affiliates, transfer pricing and cross-border structuring. Firoz Ahmed specialises in the taxation of M&A, corporate reorganisations, debt restructurings, partnership arrangements and international taxation. His notable matters include advising URS Corporation in its $1.5 billion proposed acquisition of Flint Energy Services. Montreal-based Robert Raizenne has a “long-standing reputation” in the field for providing clients with “solutions-oriented advice”. In New York, David Hardy is an “esteemed” practitioner noted for his “superb” handling of tax issues affecting corporations in the energy industry.
The firm’s competition practice is well regarded in the international market and four names are selected for inclusion in our corresponding chapter, all of whom are based in Toronto. Osler recently advised eOne in the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shared of Alliance Film Holdings for $225 million. Chair of the firm’s competition law and foreign investment group Michelle A Lally is “very well known” and praised for her “strategic and effective advice”. Peter Franklyn is “one of Canada’s finest competition lawyers” and focuses on M&A, strategic alliances, cartels, pricing and distribution matters. He has represented clients including Sony, London Stock Exchange Group, Microsoft and Procter & Gamble. Peter L Glossop is a “leader” on foreign investment review in Canada and recently advised China Investment Corporation in its transaction with Penn West Energy Trust. Graham Reynolds QC brings extensive experience as a senior federal and provincial prosecutor to his practice and offers clients a “unique perspective on competition issues”.
In franchise, four lawyers are listed for their “superior” knowledge. Frank Zaid is a “legend” in the field and enjoys a “high-profile” throughout the world. He regularly assists major US and Canadian franchisors with area develop and master franchise programmes. Jennifer Dolman is highly regarded in the field and known for her “careful handling of franchise and distribution disputes”.
Osler is represented by four practitioners in the insolvency and restructuring chapter, among them is Edward Sellers, chair emeritus of the insolvency and restructuring practice group. Sellers advises on restructurings and related acquisitions, divestitures, financings and governance and “excels” in cross-border cases.
The oil and gas chapter is home to four Osler lawyers in the Calgary office. Robert Desbarats QC is one of the most highly regarded individuals in the research, known for his representation of Canadian, US-based and international clients in domestic and cross-border energy transactions. He recently advised PetroChina Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation on its acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in Royal Dutch Shell’s Groundbirch shale gas project in north-eastern British Columbia.
Several practitioners at the firm stand out for their interdisciplinary knowledge and earn dual listings in our research. David Aitken is a patent “guru” and is additionally recognised for his knowledge of the life sciences industry. Jean Fraser advises companies on capital market transactions and is equally renowned for his corporate governance. Clients describe him as a “trusted adviser”. Robert Beaumont concentrates his practice on construction and infrastructure matters and is “highly knowledgeable” in procurement. The “brilliant” Clay Horner appears in the corporate governance and M&A chapters. Sources praise his “sharp and analytical mind”.
Osler has an active pro bono practice and aims to build strong ties with the communities in which it does business. Examples of recent matters the firm has been involved in include advising an international AIDS advocacy organisation regarding AIDS education and awareness in Africa, assisting a Canadian drug treatment organisation on incorporation and corporate governance matters and representing the Canadian Bar Association in appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada to protect and defend solicitor-client privilege.
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