Desmond is one of Canada’s most well-regarded lawyers for capital markets work, with a particular focus on IPOs and other equity financing transactions. He co-leads Osler’s corporate finance and securities practice with Michael Innes. He is known for his very deep knowledge of the space and his proactive and commercial approach. Desmond is responsible for the origination and execution of equity and debt financing transactions, and has led numerous initial public offerings, new issues, secondary offerings and private placements for issuers primarily in the diversified, financial services, healthcare, mining, power and utilities and real estate industries. He has extensive experience as an advisor to investment banks on trading questions and regulatory matters, and has also served as the corporate secretary of a TSX-listed issuer. Desmond earned a BSc (Hons.) in geological sciences from Queen’s University in 1993 and an LLB from McGill University in 1996. He was named as a partner of Osler in 2005.