William S. Osler: Lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP

William S. Osler

Partner, Co-Head of Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions
Calgary,  AB  Canada
Phone403.298.3426

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy: Oil & Gas
  • Infrastructure & Transportation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 403.298.3426
Fax: 403.265.7219
http://www.bennettjones.com/OslerWilliam/
 
University Queen's University, B.A., Hons., 1988
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Calgary, LL.B., 1994
 
Admitted1995, Alberta
 
Biography

Will Osler is co-head of the firm's capital markets and mergers & acquisitions practice. He practices in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. He has significant experience in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, acting for both issuers and underwriters, as well as Canadian and international takeover bids, plans of arrangement and asset and share purchase transactions. He has represented clients in several of Canada's largest recent initial public offerings. His corporate governance advisory work includes advising corporations and boards of directors with respect to general compliance matters as well as specific issues arising out of transactions. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on a variety of business law topics and was Chair of Insight's 2013 Advanced Mergers and Acquisitions Conference.

Will is recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/M&A; the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Corporate Finance & Securities; the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Addition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers; the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: Canada as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets; and Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading Mergers and Acquisitions lawyers.

Will was a member of the firm's partnership board from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a director of the Calgary Stampede, a trustee of the Calgary Health Trust and a director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada Southern Alberta Branch.

Select Experience
•ATCO Ltd. in connection with the negotiation, structuring and other commercial matters relating to ATCO entering into a strategic alliance with Wipro including 10-year master service agreements governing the provision of IT services by Wipro to the ATCO Group of Companies valued at approximately $1.2 billion.
•ATCO Ltd. in connection with the disposition of ATCO I-Tek Inc. and ATCO's Australian IT operations to affiliates of Wipro Ltd. (Wipro) for aggregate sale proceeds of approximately $210 million.
•Canaccord Genuity Corp., as lead underwriter, in connection with the public offering of Hemisphere Energy Corporation of units and flow-through shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $4 million. Read

Recent Recognitions

2015, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

William S. Osler, ranked, Corporate/M&A
William Osler co-heads the firm's capital markets and M&A practice, with notable experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

2015, Best Lawyers in Canada

William S. Osler, recognized as one of Canada's leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers

2014, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers

William S. Osler, recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Canada

Recent Publications
• Canadian Securities Regulators Publish Amendments to Required Oil and Gas Disclosure
• Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Significant Changes to the Rights Offering Regime
• TSX Adopts Extension Amendments Regarding Security-Based Compensation Arrangements and Backdoor Listings

News & Events
• Bennett Jones Receives Top Honours in Four Practice Areas by Chambers Global Rankings
• Alan Rautenberg and Will Osler in the Globe and Mail on Cross-border Tax Schemes
• Will Osler Comments on Lack of Recent Calgary M&A Deals in the Legal Post

 
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Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Comment Letters on Proposed National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms
J. Paul D. Barbeau,Tessa E.J. Guenther,Matthew R. Olson,William S. Osler, April 28, 2015
On April 24, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. Issuers, law firms and other market participants submitted comment letters which were recently published by the CSA.

Canadian Securities Regulators Publish Amendments to Required Oil and Gas Disclosure
Tessa E.J. Guenther,William S. Osler, March 12, 2015
The Canadian Securities Administrators, or CSA, have published amendments (the Amendments) to National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities and Companion Policy 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (together, the Instrument). The Amendments...

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Significant Changes to the Rights Offering Regime
Sandra L. Malcolm,William S. Osler,Donald J.M. Sullivan, January 13, 2015
The Canadian Securities Administrators, or CSA, have published for comment proposed rule changes which would create a streamlined prospectus exemption for rights offerings conducted by reporting issuers other than investment funds (the Proposed Exemption). The Proposed Exemption is intended to...



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William S. Osler

855-2nd Street S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 4K7
 

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