“During my summer at the firm, I had the opportunity to work on a private-placement financing deal with a local technology start-up. It was interesting to learn about a new industry while working on the file. The partner included me in interactions with the client throughout the entire process – from the beginning all the way to a successful closing.”
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Stephen FultonAssociate (Articling Student 2013/14)
As Canada’s largest and most active securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission provides a dynamic and engaging environment for summer law students to immerse themselves in corporate finance law development, securities law enforcement and market regulation. My rotation in the OSC’s Corporate Finance branch provided me with hands-on experience participating in prospectus review sessions, researching novel securities law issues and drafting research opinion papers regarding potential policy changes. I found that lawyers and staff at the OSC were overwhelmingly patient and appreciative of my work throughout the rotation and were always eager to discuss any issues I found particularly interesting or challenging.
This experience was particularly valuable to my development as a young lawyer interested in private practice as it exposed me to a unique legal culture and helped me to better understand the nature and motivations of various parties involved in securities transactions.
Lawyers and staff were overwhelmingly patient and appreciative.
My experience was further enriched by interactions with non-legal professionals (geologists, accountants, etc.) who helped to bridge the gap between the often abstract and intangible world of financial securities and the businesses on the ground deploying capital. I would strongly recommend a rotation with the OSC for any student (business or litigation) interested in developing their multi-disciplinary skills and experiencing an exciting new legal culture.