William S. Osler: Lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP

William S. Osler

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

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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
University Queen's University, B.A., Hons., 1988
Law SchoolUniversity of Calgary, LL.B., 1994
Admitted1995, Alberta

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.

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•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.
•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.

Recent Recognitions

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

2016, The Legal 500: Canada

William S. Osler, recommended, Capital Markets

Recent Publications

•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
•Canadian Securities Administrators Adopt National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

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


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Simplified Rights Offering Rules Announced By Canadian Securities Administrators
J. Paul D. Barbeau,Arnold Fridhandler,Matthew R. Olson,William S. Osler, October 21, 2015
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced that a revised rights offering regime for reporting issuers will come into force on December 8, 2015 (the New Rules).

Canadian Securities Administrators Adopt National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms
J. Paul D. Barbeau,Matthew R. Olson,William S. Osler,Lisa Telebar, May 27, 2015
On April 30, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) adopted National Policy 25-201Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. The Policy may be viewed on the websites of CSA members, including the Alberta Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission.

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.

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William S. Osler

855-2nd Street S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 4K7

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