Sara Josselyn practises corporate and commercial law, providing transactional as well as corporate and commercial advice to domestic and foreign clients in a wide array of industries, including the financial services, technology, transportation and pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.
Ms. Josselyn’s transaction-based experience includes domestic and cross-border private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity and corporate reorganizations. She has acted for both purchasers and vendors in a variety of transactions, with deal sizes ranging from $5 million to $1 billion.
Ms. Josselyn also advises a wide range of clients on general corporate and commercial law matters, from emerging/start-up companies to international private and public companies.
Prior to joining our Toronto office in 2011, Ms. Josselyn practised at a prominent Atlantic Canadian law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During her practice, she was the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Fellowship in Health Law & Policy and took a year-long leave of absence to study the legal, ethical and policy challenges presented by rapidly evolving changes in healthcare. Ms. Josselyn has served as a member of a research ethics board.
In 2010, Ms. Josselyn was an instructor in healthcare law to master's students at the Department of Health Administration at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Ms. Josselyn is an editor of and frequent contributor to the practice's Canadian M&A blog, Deal Law Wire. She has written several posts on trends and developments in banking, mining, technology and social media within the M&A landscape.
Year of call
Nova Scotia 2008
LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2007
LL.B., Dalhousie University, 2006
B.A.(Hons.), Trinity College, University of Toronto, 2002
Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute, 2000
- “Board Liability and Obligations,” Maple Leaf Angels Lunch and Learn Session, September 2013.
- “Shareholders’ Agreements - Common Terms and Misunderstandings,” Certified General Accountants of Ontario Public Sector Committee Seminar, May 2012.
- “Organ Commodification: Narrowing the Gap Between the Modest Supply and the Tremendous Demand for Organs Available for Transplantation,” Canadian Institutes of Health Research Annual Colloquium in Health Law and Policy, May 2007.
- “Educational Aspects of the Nunn Commission of Inquiry” (co-author), chapter 15 of Educational Leadership Today and Tomorrow: The Law as a Friend or Foe, CAPSLE, 2010.
- Informed Consent as a Requirement for Post Mortem Organ Donation, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K., July 2008.
- “Bar Mental Fitness Questions: Perpetuating the Stigma,” Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, 2007.
Selected client work
Clients for whom Ms. Josselyn has recently acted include:
- A major pharmaceutical company in Canada in connection with the strategic divestment of its oncology business and related assets
- A major pharmaceutical company in Canada in connection with its strategic acquisition of vaccine assets
- Oxford Industries, Inc. in connection with its purchase of the Canadian Tommy Bahama-branded business from Jaytex Retail Corp. and Jaytex of Canada Limited
- Wajax Industrial Components in connection with its acquisition of the Canadian branches of Kaman Industrial Technologies, Ltd.
- ArcelorMittal in its agreement to sell a 15% interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, ArcelorMittal Mines Canada, for $1.1 billion, to a consortium led by South Korea’s POSCO and Taiwan’s China Steel Corporation
- Toronto Automobile Dealers Association in connection with its merger with the Ontario Automobile Dealer Association
Rankings and recognitions
- Recipient of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Fellowship in Health Law & Policy (2007)
Memberships and activities
- Canadian Bar Association
- Vice-Chair, Health Law Section, Nova Scotia Branch, 2009-2010
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Schulich Law School (Dalhousie University) Admissions Committee
- Alumni member, 2007 - present
- Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2009-2010