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Osler appoints Bryce as new national managing partner

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 01:26 PM | By Paula Kulig


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has made changes to its senior management team, appointing a new national managing partner and co-chairs of its partnership board.

Doug Bryce

Doug Bryce

Doug Bryce, a partner in the firm’s business law group whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and securities law, will become national managing partner on July 1. He replaces Dale Ponder, who is one of the new co-chairs. She will be joined as co-chair by Shahir Guindi, managing partner of the firm’s Montreal office.

“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,” Michael Innes, corporate finance partner and co-chair of Osler’s governance review and succession committee, said in a news release.

Dale Ponder

Dale Ponder

“Through a comprehensive, collaborative and transparent governance process, we have selected partners with broad consensus to lead the firm today and in the years ahead,” added Rocco Sebastiano, infrastructure partner and committee co-chair.

Bryce, a member of the firm’s executive committee and a former co-chair of its mining practice, worked in the New York office from 2008 to 2011. His work has included private and public company acquisitions, hostile and supported takeover bids, market financings, mining matters and corporate governance issues. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1997.

Shahir Guindi

Shahir Guindi

Ponder, whose practice focuses on M&A, became the first woman to head a Canadian national law firm when she was named Osler’s first national managing partner and chief executive. “Under Dale’s guidance, the firm has opened new offices and penetrated new markets; attracted industry-leading partners; launched new cost-effective services and introduced innovation in legal project management, service delivery and client relationship management,” the news release said. She was called to Ontario bar in 1982 after receiving her law degree from the University of Western Ontario.

In addition to leading the Montreal office for seven years, Guindi is a former member of the firm's executive committee. His corporate practice includes M&A, private equity, high-growth companies, venture capital, life sciences and other technology-driven enterprises.