Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP participation confirmed

October 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Osler is a leading business law firm practising nationally and internationally from its offices across Canada and in New York. Their clients include industry and business leaders in all segments of the market and at various stages in the growth of their businesses. They have built their reputation on their commitment to their clients’ success and the experience, expertise and collaborative approach for which they are recognized. They believe that their success is a reflection of their clients’ success.

Who They Are

Osler is recognized for the breadth and depth of its practice in business law and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top firms. They have leading lawyers in the specialized areas that allow thir clients to succeed in their business objectives and deep industry expertise in the various sectors of the North American economy. They strive to provide innovative, solution-oriented advice in a practical and cost effective manner.

With almost 500 lawyers working together from offices across Canada in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa and their office in New York, they undertake mandates that cross Canada’s internal borders as well as mandates that cross international borders.  Increasingly, their clients are looking for seamless legal support across the United States – Canada border and they are uniquely positioned to offer this support in the areas sought most often by their clients.

They are known for providing business critical advice and counsel in transformational transactions and litigation for some of the world’s largest enterprises. They also provide business critical advice and counsel to mid-size and start-up enterprises and on smaller sized matters. Thanks to their clients, they have deep expertise in a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, construction, energy, franchise, health, infrastructure, life sciences, mining, private equity, real estate, technology and telecommunications.

Osler’s technology practice is internationally recognized for applying strong legal and business skills to find common-sense business solutions. They are counsel to many of the leading vendors and largest purchasers of technology-related products and services. As well, they represent mid-sized and emerging enterprises as they look to develop and enhance their market position.

The specialized knowledge and experience of Osler’s technology team translates to advice that is practical, relevant and cost-effective.  Their success has been built upon the following differentiating factors:

  • Industry Knowledge They have a deep understanding of the technology sector and the related opportunities and challenges faced by their clients.
  • Depth – They have a large team of experts. Several Osler partners were recognized in the Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory 2010 in the category of Computer & IT Law and/or Technology Transactions.  Also, Osler is ranked #1 in Canada for Technology Law according to The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010, which again recognizes several Osler partners.
  • Creativity – They are known for developing creative solutions for the toughest problems. They apply their strong legal and business skills to find common-sense business solutions.
  • Facilitative Approach – They have earned a reputation for having a practical and facilitative approach to negotiations.
  • Delivering Value – They understand the importance of clients receiving value for the fees they charge. They work with their clients to develop fee estimates and strategies for ensuring legal costs are consistent with their client’s expectations.

Osler’s technology team combines practitioners with subject matter expertise and industry knowledge relevant both to vendors and purchasers of technology-related products and services.  Areas of specialization include the following:

  • IT Contracting – Osler has represented businesses on IT contracting matters for more than 25 years. Their IT contracting team has specialized expertise on all aspects of information technology transactions including software licensing and maintenance, systems integration projects, reseller arrangements, government procurement and open source software.
  • Outsourcing and Complex Services Arrangements – Their internationally recognized strategic outsourcing team has decades of industry-leading experience working with their clients on complex onshore, near-shore and off-shore transactions.  They represent both purchasers and vendors of outsourced services in a broad range of sectors including financial services, logistics, transportation, health care and information technology.
  • Privacy – Their privacyteam has specialized knowledge and experience regarding all aspects of privacy and data protection laws which impact on technology-related businesses and transactions which include handling of personal information.
  • Corporate/Commercial – Their corporate/commercial team has significant experience advising emerging technology companies across all of their corporate and commercial legal matters – in effect, acting as general counsel for these companies – to help them deal with a wide-range of business issues. They provide cost-effective, value-added and practical legal advice that takes into account each client’s needs. In addition, Osler’s technology practice lawyers play either a leading or supporting role in many mergers & acquisitions and in corporate finance transactions.


They are recognized in each of the leading surveys of Canadian legal professionals. Their technology transactions practice was ranked as “consistently recommended” by the Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory 2010, while their information technology practice was ranked as a leading firm in Canada by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 and as one of the top three firms in Canada by the Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory 2010. Chambers notes that Osler’s technology team “remains a strong force in the IT space.”

For more information on their expertise, see their Expertise section.

Their Values

Clients first: Their clients are their foremost priority and that their interests come first with them.  They invest in understanding their client’s businesses and objectives and provide them with timely, efficient and practical advice.  Osler seeks to deliver more value than what their clients expect by working with them as part of an integrated team.

One firm: Their approach internally is client-focused and collegial, enabling them to deliver the power of “one firm” to their clients.  They believe that teamwork and collaboration across practice groups and offices results in the innovative, solution-oriented advice that will best help their clients succeed.

Integrity: They deal honestly, openly and professionally with their clients and with each other.  This dedication to integrity is fundamental to their strength as a firm and to upholding the reputations of their clients.

Expertise and excellence: They believe the exceptional expertise of their people and the standard of excellence that they work to are at the core of their clients service offering.  As a result, they are committed to attracting and developing leading legal experts who are intellectually curious, motivated problem-solvers and who recognize and benefit from the power that comes from working within their client-focused, collaborative environment.

With thanks to:
Geoffrey Taber, Corporate Partner
the entire technology practice team at Osler.


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