Jay Lefton is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group and Toronto Regional Leader of the Venture Capital Group. Jay focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, including public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions and takeover bids, private equity, strategic alliances, and technology transfer and licensing, with an emphasis on technology and life sciences companies. Recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications, Jay represents and advises issuers (both publicly and privately owned), special committees, advisers, venture capitalists, institutional investors and private equity funds. He also advises universities, hospitals, research institutions and researchers at various stages in the commercialization of their discoveries. He has advised acquirors and target companies and their boards of directors in connection with negotiated transactions and unsolicited takeover bids, many of which were multi-jurisdictional in nature.
Jay leads the firm's initiative in Israel and has worked with the last five Israeli trade commissioners to Canada to encourage collaborations between Israeli and Canadian companies. Jay’s involvement with Israeli companies includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, the establishment of Canadian subsidiaries, Canadian employment-related matters (including relating to the grant of stock options) and research collaborations.
Jay is a former member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Advisory Committee, which advises the Commission on various matters, including legislative and policy initiatives.