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Jon  Levin

Jon Levin

Partner Fasken
Potential acquisition opportunities are often mishandled because the purchaser fails to develop a realistic assessment method.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1975
Language(s) English, Spanish, French
Office(s) Toronto

Jon Levin has an unmatched reputation for providing top-level advice.  An advocate of exemplary client service, Jon has acted as lead counsel in high profile financings, takeovers and restructuring transactions.  In the corporate governance area, Jon has advised special committees and has provided strategic guidance on board procedures and the implementation of governance polices in response to new legislation and developments.

Internationally recognized for his expertise, Jon has been ranked by leading legal directories, including Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal, and Lexpert.  Jon was also named as one of Canada’s most creative lawyers by the National Post and Lexpert magazine due to his ability to bring new perspectives to both legal and business-related situations.  International Financial Law Review states that he is highly regarded for his “understanding of the client’s business,” Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers have also branded him a leading expert in Canadian banking and insolvency law.

Jon has served as a director of a number of public and private companies, and has served as an advisory panel member to equity investment funds.  He was a member of the board of directors and audit committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and serves as a member of the board of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.  He has been retained by numerous financial institutions and other clients as an expert witness in relation to certain legal and banking practices.

Jon has been involved in numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, Federated Press, Insight Professional Conferences, and the Canadian Institute.  He is the recipient of a Dedicated Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario.  Jon is often quoted by leading media outlets, Jon has provided thoughtful insights on market trends to The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Business News Network, Lexpert Magazine and Law Times.


  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2018 "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Who's Who Legal as a leading expert in Canadian Banking Law, Insolvency and Restructuring, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 for 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, 2006-2016 for Project Finance and 2018 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law   
  • 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
  • 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
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2018 for Banking & Financial Institutions, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity; 2016-2018 for Corporate Mid-Market; 2010-2015 and 2017 for Project Finance; and 2010-2015 and 2017-2018 for Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
  • 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
  • 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 2017 for Corporate/Commercial
  • 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


  • LLB University of Toronto
  • BA University of Toronto

Memberships & 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)


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