Recognized as one of Canada’s leading business lawyers, Robert advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance. Robert is head of the Corporate Department in Osler’s Montreal office. He has previously served as Co-Chair of Osler’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was also part of the team that opened Osler’s Montréal office in 2001.
Robert’s career with Osler spans over 20 years, during which he has participated in some of Canada’s most innovative and groundbreaking transactions. He was intimately involved with implementing the first poison pill in Canada and has since worked with many companies on their defense strategies. He led the Osler team involved in Canada’s largest ever completed leveraged buy-out. He also recently led the Osler team involved with significant proxy fights that have seen the problem of “empty voting” on the part of hedge funds receive considerable public scrutiny in Canada.
Robert advises management and boards of directors in connection with a wide range of M&A transactions, including hostile and friendly business acquisitions, special committee mandates, going-private transactions and strategic alliances. In addition, Robert is active in advising on public and private securities financings, corporate governance issues (including for a range of crown corporations) and general public company matters. Robert is a former law clerk to Madame Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. He teaches a course in comparative corporate governance at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and has written extensively on business law issues.