Michael Watts - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Michael Watts

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 416-862-6605

Michael is Chair of Osler’s Health Industry Group. He is general counsel to many of the firm’s public and private health industry clients in respect of a wide spectrum of matters, including governance and regulatory advice, e-health agreements, outsourcing, healthcare restructuring, and purchase and sale of regulated healthcare businesses, programs and assets. Michael also has extensive experience in providing complex regulatory opinions that ensure statutory compliance with federal and provincial health statutes.

Additional Information

Notable Matters
  • Retained by numerous clients in respect of corporate transactions relating to regulated health businesses including hospitals, long-term care facilities, licensed independent healthcare facilities, laboratories, pharmacies and private clinics.
  • Retained by numerous hospitals to facilitate and develop the governance structures of various shared services corporations.
  • Retained by nine different provincially appointed Supervisors to assist them in addressing legal and governance issues relating to their mandates.
  • Provided complex regulatory opinions relating to the Canada Health Act, health insurance acts, and providers’ ability to offer health insurance and/or charge for enhanced non-insured medically required physician services.
  • Advised hospital boards, administrative and physician leaders in respect of hospital privileges matters.

Part 2
  • Retained by numerous healthcare organizations to develop governance policies to assist boards in discharging their governance oversight and in particular the implementation of enterprise risk management systems to oversee fiscal, patient, resident and workplace safety.
  • Retained by international healthcare organizations to provide regulatory advice in respect of planned Canadian health industry acquisitions and operations.
  • Provided advice to healthcare and drug manufacturers regarding emergency preparedness.
  • Provided advice to clients in respect of complying with best practices with respect to procurement policies.
  • Facilitated and implemented public healthcare restructurings, including hospital amalgamations and many program transfers.
  • Conducted governance reviews of healthcare organizations.
Harvard UniversityBishops UniversityBBA University of British ColumbiaJ.D. Rotman School of Management
Ontario Bar AssociationCanadian Bar Association

Office Location

100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50
Toronto, ON M5X 1B8

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law of the Toronto Metro Area
Michael Watts has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Health Care Law