Robert’s areas of specialty include mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Robert served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group for ten years prior to joining the firm's Executive Committee, on which he currently serves. Robert was part of the team that opened the firm's Montréal office in 2001, before which he was based in the firm’s Toronto office. Robert has acted in connection with a wide range of M&A transactions, including hostile and friendly business acquisitions, the implementation of defensive strategies, going-private transactions and strategic alliances. Robert was part of the Osler legal team that implemented the first poison pill in Canada and has since worked with a wide range of companies on their defense strategies. He led the Osler legal team involved in Canada’s largest ever completed leveraged buy-out, as well as in the largest ever buy-out in the oil field services sector. He is also active in advising on public and private securities financings, corporate governance issues (including for a range of crown corporations and government sponsored agencies) and general public company matters. Robert is a former Supreme Court of Canada Law Clerk and teaches Business Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.