Osler names new management team and other legal moves and grooves for June 21

Doug Bryce, Shahir Guindi, and Dale Ponder have new management roles at Osler and other legal moves and grooves for June 21

June 21, 2017

Osler’s has new leadership: Doug Bryce will be the new national managing partner, while Shahir Guindi and Dale Ponder will be the firm’s co-chairs.

“Just as our clients aspire to be the leaders in their industries, we understand the business imperative of acting in bold and decisive ways in order to not only thrive in a dynamic environment, but excel,” said Michael Innes, co-chair of Osler’s governance review and succession committee.

Bryce, an M&A lawyer, spent a number of years practising in the firm’s New York office and is a former co-chair of the firm’s mining practice and a member of the executive committee.

Guindi, whose practice embraces M&A, private equity, high growth companies, venture capital life sciences, and other technology-driven enterprises in Canada and abroad, led the Montreal office for seven years as its managing partner. He is also a former member of the executive committee. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic, and will continue his practice while serving as co-chair.

Ponder was the first woman to head a Canadian national firm, serving as Osler’s first national managing partner and chief executive. She will continue as national managing partner to year’s end, assisting Bryce in his transition from full-time practice to his new position. Ponder, an M&A lawyer, will also resume her corporate advisory role with clients, boards and special committees.

The new appointments take effect on July 1.

The Law Society of Upper Canada is honouring two distinguished members of the bar at this year’s Call to the Bar ceremonies.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Honourable Mary Jo M. Nolan received an honorary LLD at the June 19 ceremony in London. The award honours her “extraordinary mentorship and advocacy for the marginalized.”

On June 23 in Ottawa, LSUC will award an honorary LLD to former treasurer Tom Conway, in recognition of his “exceptional advocacy and leadership.”

The new private client services group at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin has launched an exclusive dedicated platform aimed at offering comprehensive and integrated legal solutions to its private clients, particularly high net worth individuals, their families and the enterprises they own and manage.

“We are pleased to offer our private clients a uniquely integrated suite of services to address their personal and business objectives, delivered in a collaborative manner that draws upon both internal and external expertise,” said Corina Weigl, the group’s co-chair.

Stikeman pedals way to $82,000

Team Stikeman Elliott’s 21 riders raised a profession-leading $82,000 from their participation in The Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The two-day event on June 10 and 11 covered 200 km from Toronto to Niagara Falls, and raised a record $20.5 million in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Lax O’Sullivan celebrates 20th anniversary

Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb held its 20th anniversary cocktail party at the Design Exchange in Toronto on June 1.

“We are very proud of the firm’s history, its place in the legal community, as well as its transition to the next generation. Twenty years is a milestone to be proud of and gives us great excitement for the future,” the firm said in an email.

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