Omar Soliman* is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and private equity-related matters. Omar has represented companies, boards of directors, special committees, management teams and other transaction participants on a wide range of domestic and cross-border public and private M&A transactions, including plans of arrangement, take-over bids, amalgamations, share/asset purchase transactions and other strategic matters, with a significant focus on emerging and expanding businesses in the Canadian mid-market.
He regularly acts for issuers and investment banks on public and private offerings of securities, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements and other forms of equity and debt financing.
In addition, Omar has extensive experience working with private equity firms, search funds and independent sponsors. He routinely represents domestic and international search funds (as well as searchers and search fund investors) through the full life cycle of the search model, including the raising of search capital, acquisition of a target company, follow-on investments, operating matters, and exit. Omar also represents non-traditional search funds, such as family office-backed funds and those that are self-funded.
He acts for clients across all industries, with a special focus on the cannabis, mining, healthcare, and technology sectors.
Background and Professional Activities
Omar previously served on the Fintech Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), which advised OSC staff on legal developments relating to fintech and other technology disruptors, as well as the unique challenges encountered by innovative businesses in the securities industry.
While in law school at McGill University, Omar was a recipient of the Quebec Bar Prize and the Montreal Bar Mooting Prize and was a senior editor with the McGill Law Journal. Omar completed his Master of Science degree at Columbia University, where he received the Edgar & Arthur Nathan Memorial Scholarship and the Frank Mankiewicz Scholarship in Politics. Prior to law school, Omar was a legislative aide and speechwriter to a former Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park. He was also a consultant at a leading government relations and public affairs firm in Toronto.
Prior to joining Cassels, Omar practiced in the business law group at another leading national law firm.
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