PETER J. OSBORNE is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.
Peter's advocacy practice includes securities matters, commercial and industrial disputes, cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases, class actions, governance issues as well as professional regulatory litigation and disciplinary proceedings. He appears regularly before a wide range of courts and tribunals across Canada, in cross-border proceedings and in arbitrations in numerous jurisdictions.
Peter routinely advises shareholders, officers, directors, special committees and boards of public as well as private companies in crisis situations and shareholder and governance disputes. He also acts for such clients in the context of cross-border litigation and insolvency proceedings. In addition, he both prosecutes and defends professional disciplinary proceedings.
Peter was counsel to the Government of Canada in the litigation and related insolvency proceedings involving alleged tobacco smuggling, which resulted in one of Canada's largest civil settlements and payment of more than $1.2 billion to the federal government.
He also represented the management directors in the restructuring of Canwest Global Communications Corp., acted for the court-appointed Monitors in the restructurings of Air Canada, Teleglobe Inc., Hollinger Inc., the U.S. parent in Calpine Canada Energy Ltd., the auditors in Sino Forest Corporation (class actions, CCAA) and Société Générale in a class action involving principal protected notes, among many others. This year he successfully represented the federal government in a $250 million dollar bid-rigging procurement case in the Federal Court of Canada.
For many years, Peter taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a regular instructor for continuing legal education programs of The Advocates' Society.