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Larry MacDougal/The Globe and Mail

Securities litigator Larry Ritchie is returning to his old law firm, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, after spending several years as the executive vice-president and senior policy adviser to the Canadian Securities Transition Office and before that as a vice-chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission.

The transition office had been steering the federal government's troubled attempts to create a national securities regulator. Mr. Ritchie was seconded to help it in 2009. He left Osler and was appointed an OSC vice-chairman in 2007.

Mr. Ritchie will lead Osler's national practice in regulation, risk and crisis management. The firm says his "experience in forging global connections to regulators and officials" and knowledge of regulatory enforcement will help Osler's clients assess the business risk they face from government investigations or litigation related to capital markets both in Canada and elsewhere.