Will Osler 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 is a former co-head of the firm's capital markets and mergers & acquisitions practice and 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.
•Murphy Oil Company Ltd. in connection with its C$486 million light oil purchase from and joint venture with affiliates of Athabasca Oil Corporation.
•Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. in connection with the offering by TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. of an aggregate amount of $288,052,000 in subscription receipts.
•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.
•2016, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
William S. Osler, received a Distinguished Peer Review Rating
•2016, Best Lawyers in Canada
William S. Osler, recognized as one of Canada's leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers
•2016, Chambers Canada
William S. Osler, ranked, Corporate/Commercial: Alberta
He is very practical, has a good understanding of the difference between legal risk and business risk and a strong understanding of the technical aspects of the law
•Considering an Asset Sale Transaction? Be Aware of Shareholder Approval Requirements
•Simplified Rights Offering Rules Announced By Canadian Securities Administrators
•Alberta's NDP Government's Flagship Bill Bans Corporate and Union Donations to Political Parties in Alberta
News & Events
•Will Osler in the Financial Post on the Slowdown of Energy Deals
•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
•Asset Sale Transactions - Shareholder Approval Requirements