Highlights

Education

  • BA, 1970
    University of Toronto
  • LLB, 1973
    University of Toronto

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1975

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish

Jon Levin

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Jon Levin is listed in Chambers Global - The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance and Insolvency/Corporate Recovery and is frequently named a leading expert in Canadian banking and insolvency law. He is highly regarded by the International Financial Law Review for his “understanding of the client’s business” and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers branded him a leading expert in Canadian banking law and insolvency law. Jon is also named as one of Canada’s most creative lawyers by National Post and Lexpert magazine due to his ability to bring new perspective to both legal and business-related situations.

As an advocate of exemplary client service, Jon has a reputation for working tirelessly to provide top-level advice. He has been lead counsel in a number of extremely high profile takeovers and restructuring transactions. In the corporate governance area, Jon regularly advises special committees and provides strategic guidance regarding board procedures and the implementation of governance polices in response to new legislation and developments.

Jon has been repeatedly named as one of Canada's top 30 dealmakers and is the recipient of extensive professional recognition and awards. He is listed among Canada’s distinguished corporate governance and M&A lawyers in Who’s Who Legal and is internationally recognized as a prominent practitioner in the areas of M&A, banking and finance and insolvency.

Jon's board experience includes serving as a director of a number of public and private companies, as well as serving as an advisory panel member to a number of equity investment funds. He is a member of the board of directors and audit committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been retained by numerous financial institutions as an expert witness in relation to certain legal and banking practices.

Jon is a regular panelist and lecturer before various continuing legal education programs sponsored by: the Law Society of Upper Canada; the Canadian Bar Association; Federated Press; Insight Professional Conferences; and the Canadian Institute. The media turn to Jon when they need thoughtful insight. He has been quoted in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Business News Network, Lexpert Magazine, Law Times and Canada.com.

Jon entered practice with the firm in 1975, and was admitted as a partner in 1981. He acted as Chair of the firm's Partnership Board from 2003 until 2006.

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2017 for Corporate/Commercial
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2017 "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2017 for Banking and Financial Institutions, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016-2017 Corporate Mid-Market
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2015 and 2017 for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring and Project Finance
  • Who's Who Legal as a leading expert in Canadian Banking Law, Insolvency and Restructuring, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Capital Markets
  • Practical Law Company's Cross-Border Private Equity Handbook 2010/2011 as a recommended practitioner
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006-2018 for Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities and 2006-2016 for Project Finance 
  • National Post and Lexpert Magazine as one of the 30 leading dealmakers in Canada and as one of the 100 most creative lawyers in Canada
  • Consistently recognized by The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate/Commercial
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading Canadian practitioners in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Corporate Commercial, Banking, and Asset Securitization
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 for Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Financial Institutions 
  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers as a leading expert in Canadian banking law and mergers and acquisitions
  • International Financial Law Review as one of Canada's leading project finance lawyers "recommended for understanding of the client's business"
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency Lawyers as a leading expert in Canadian Insolvency Law
  • Chambers Global as one of the leading Canadian practitioners in the areas of Corporate/M & A, Banking and Finance and Insolvency/Corporate Recovery
  • Chambers Canada as one of the leading Ontario practitioners in the area of Corporate/Commercial
  • Global Counsel 3000 as one of the leading or highly recommended Canadian specialists in the area of Company and Corporate Transactions, Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Dedicated Service Award, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016

Membership/Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Trustee for blind trust of a senior member of the Federal Cabinet of Canada (2006-2014)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association Advisory Committee re the Ontario Business Corporations Act (1978 to date) and ad hoc member of the Canadian Bar Association committee advising regarding implementation of enhanced corporate governance legislation in Canada
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada Emerging Issues Committee - Working Group on Lawyer's Role in Corporate Governance (2003)
  • Co-Editor, Business Law Reports, a series of case law reports relevant to business law (1977-1983)
  • Member of Executive, Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario (1978-1988)
  • Chairman, Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario (1986-1988)
  • Corporate-Commercial Seminar Leader, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada (1978-1981)
  • Lecturer, Corporate-Commercial Section, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada (1982-1985)
  • Corporate Practice, Head of Course, Practice Skills, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada (1986)
  • Vice-Chairman, International Sales Committee, International Bar Association (1988-1990)
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Sales Quarterly, International Bar Association (1990)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario Subcommittee on Legal Opinions (1991 to date)
  • Member, Corporate Opinions Committee (1987 to date)
  • Judge, Davies, Ward & Beck Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot Court Competition (1993 to date)
  • Member of the Specialist Advisory Board, Queen's Business Law Symposium (1995 and 1996)
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Davies, Ward Phillips & Vineberg Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot Court Competition (1997-1998)