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The M&A market is increasingly demanding and complex. It is imperative that you have a clear understanding of how to structure and negotiate a deal that meets your client’s business goals.

Learn how to execute the deal on time and manage risks.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this two-day, intensive boot camp from Osgoode Professional Development is designed to teach legal professionals and advisors how to run an M&A transaction from its inception through to closing.

Using a hypothetical corporate acquisition and blending learning, the program features demonstrations, negotiations and engaging, practical discussions with leading practitioners.

If you’re a legal or business professional involved in transactions, or practice in another area, you will benefit from nationally and internationally recognized speakers examining the latest deal trends, structures, pitfalls and opportunities in mergers and acquisitions. You’ll come away from the program with a comprehensive understanding of the key principles and techniques you need to know in order to anticipate and confidently deal with issues that may arise in a negotiated transaction.

You’ll gain important insights and key strategies required for success in mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • Gathering the information you need and keeping clients informed
  • Understanding the ethical and professional issues that may arise in negotiating the deal
  • Mitigating risks through appropriate due diligence and use of technology
  • Choosing the right structure for the transaction
  • The impact of asset versus share transactions on labour, employment, pension and benefits issues
  • Negotiating representations, warranties, covenants and conditions and indemnities
  • Investment Canada/competition/antitrust issues in M&A transactions
  • Managing risk in international transactions
  • Managing corporate governance issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Trends and highlights from recent deals
  • Identifying and mitigating privacy risks
  • Handling closing issues and post-closing logistics and disputes

Plus! Don’t miss the invaluable opportunity to network with leading M&A lawyers and receive practical templates and resources for future reference.


Program Chair

  • Konata Lake, Partner, Torys LLP

Program Faculty

  • Michael D. Amm, Torys LLP
  • Jason (Jake) Bullen, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Joshua Chad, McMillan LLP
  • Richard Corley, Goodmans LLP
  • Lisa Damiani, Experienced Executive and General Counsel
  • Adrienne DiPaolo, Torys LLP
  • Claire Gowdy, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Kevin Greenspoon, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Darryl R. Hiscocks, Torys LLP
  • Samantha Horn, Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Jason Koskela, Manager, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Cameron Koziskie, Torys LLP
  • Puja Kumar, Senior Director, Legal Affairs, Fiera Capital
  • Susan Nickerson, Torys LLP
  • Ian Palm, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • André Perey, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Molly Reynolds, Torys LLP
  • Ken Saddington, Goodmans LLP
  • Jason Saltzman, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Ronak Shah, Torys LLP
  • Matt Segal, Associate Director, Legal, OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc.
  • Brodie Swartz, Vice President, Legal. OMERS Administration Corporation
  • Richard Turner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Josh Zelikovitz, Competition Law Officer, Merger and Monopolistic Practices Branch, Competition Bureau



Fees include attendance and program materials.

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Stephen Ahad at SAhad@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

September 29-30, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Online Replay
December 10-11, 2020
Register for Online Replay


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$1,795 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $897.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers practising in:
    - M&A
    - Corporate Finance
    - Securities
  • In-house counsel
  • Investment Bankers & Private Equity Investors
  • Commercial bankers
  • Executives involved in M&A negotiations and transactions
  • Corporate Development Officers
  • Government and regulatory representatives

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“Very well organized. Excellent content.”

“Great content and materials.”

“Particularly helpful to my practice”

“Thorough review of the practical necessities of an M&A transaction, including the roles of the lawyers and clients.”

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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