- Corporate Commercial Law
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Energy: Oil & Gas
- Infrastructure & Transportation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 403.298.3426|
|University ||Queen's University, B.A., Hons., 1988|
|Law School||University of Calgary, LL.B., 1994|
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.
•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.
•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
•2014, Who's Who Legal: Canada
William S. Osler, recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of capital markets
•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
•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
•Will Osler Comments in Financial Post on Firm's Strong Showing in 2011
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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...
National Securities Regulator Moves Forward; Draft Legislation Published
James Bartlett,James T. McClary,William S. Osler,Usman M. Sheikh, October 9, 2014
On September 8, 2014, the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement formalizing the terms of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (the Cooperative System), the proposed national securities...
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