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Patricia L. Olasker

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Patricia L. Olasker, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Patricia acts on many of Canada’s most complex M&A, capital markets, securities and mining transactions. She represents acquirers, targets and investors both in Canada and abroad and has extensive experience advising parties on both sides of shareholder activism issues. Boards of directors, special committees and activist shareholders regularly consult her on their corporate governance and transaction-specific matters. She also specializes in public market derivatives, the development of innovative structured debt and equity products and MJDS offerings of equity/debt. She is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School teaching advanced M&A and is also former adviser to the chair of the OSC as well as past chair of the Securities Advisory Committee to the OSC. She is vice chair of the boards of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association and governor of the Royal Ontario Museum. Select Recognition: Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN; Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; The Legal 500 Canada; IFLR1000; Who’s Who Legal; Best Lawyers in Canada; Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Lexpert® Magazine – Top 25 Women Lawyers in Canada; Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert Zenith Award.

Year Called to the Bar:1979 (ON)
155 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 863-5551
Fax: (416) 863-0871
E-mail: polasker@dwpv.com

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  • Jul 23, 2018
    When Aurora Cannabis submitted a proposal to acquire all of the common shares of CanniMed Therapeutics, it triggered a complex struggle between two publicly traded medical marijuana producers
  • Apr 27, 2018
    Special purpose acquisition corporations, or SPACs, have evolved in Canada, as legal advisors experiment with creative uses for the investment vehicle
  • Apr 27, 2018
    Contracting parties have a duty of good faith, but “sandbagging” provisions are still a good way to stave off litigation and expose misrepresentations
  • Nov 24, 2017
    With amendments rendering the ‘poison pill’ effectively inert, private placements have become the de facto M&A defensive tactic. But there are limits to their usefulness.
  • Jul 25, 2017
    Reasons in Eco Oro decision effectively reverses TSX approval, "sterilizes" shareholder voting rights.
  • May 26, 2017
    A ruling that threatens the concept of “common-interest” privilege has shaken the foundations of transactional law.
  • Feb 06, 2017
    Overall in 2016, there were several outbound deals, including Fortis’s acquisition of Michigan-based ITC Holdings and Enbridge’s acquisition of Spectra Energy. Lawyers told us that their “Canadian ...
  • Jan 10, 2017
    Yukon court of appeal shakes up longstanding M&A practice
  • Mar 29, 2016
    Provincial squabbling, Québec’s court challenge and questions about the extent of the new government’s commitment are raising questions
  • Sep 07, 2015
    For our Art of the Deal feature, we take a retrospective behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s biggest M&A deal last year and how Burger King had to let Tim Hortons have certain things its way to clinch ...
  • May 29, 2015
    The pace of change in corporate governance has never been faster in Canada
  • Feb 09, 2015
    Activist investors in Canada are increasingly focusing on detailed operational decisions. Whether this is a positive development depends on whom you ask.