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William S. Osler


Capital Markets, Securities, M&A and Corporate Governance Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.3426

Will Osler practices in the areas of public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and corporate governance matters, with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. Will has significant experience in domestic and cross-border joint bidding and co-ownership structures, including partnerships and joint ventures. 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. Will works frequently on offerings of equity and debt securities, acting for both issuers and underwriters, as well as Canadian and international takeover bids, plans of arrangement, corporate reorganizations, divestitures and asset and share purchase transactions. He has represented clients in several of Canada's largest recent initial public offerings.

Will also advises clients on lobbyist registration and compliance matters federally and in Alberta. 

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 Edition – 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.

Select Experience

  • Bennett Jones advises Kissner Holdings LP on its $400,000,000 Notes Offering and Related Refinancing Transactions. Read more
  • 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.
  • Murphy Oil Company Ltd. in connection with its C$486 million light oil purchase from and joint venture with affiliates of Athabasca Oil Corporation. Read more

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Ranked, Corporate/Commercial: Alberta
  • 2017, Chambers Global

    Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Canada
  • 2016, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers

    Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Canada

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