Jeff Barnes: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jeff Barnes

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Practice Areas

  • Securities
  • Capital Markets and Public Companies
  • Corporate Governance and Special Committees
  • Mining
  • Korea
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Public-Private Infrastructure Projects
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Debt Capital Markets
Contact InfoTelephone: 416.367.6720
Fax: 416.361.7089
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, J.D., 1974
Admitted1976, Ontario

Professional Involvement

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Past Member, Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission, and Senior Legal Advisor to the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission
•Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law; Vice-Chair, Mergers and Joint Ventures Committee (2012); Vice-Chair, International Energy and Natural Resources Committee (2012) Past Chair, Canada Committee (2012)

Community Involvement

•Recipient, Diamond Service Award (2008) and Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
•Member, Governance Committee, Easter Seals Canada (2009-present); Board Member (2008-09)
•Chair, Toronto's Tribute, 2004-07
•Chair and Board Member, Easter Seals Ontario, 2000-09
•Member, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Task Force, 1999-2000
•Governor, Crescent School, 1993-99


Jeff Barnes is a partner located in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Jeff's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, corporate finance, mining, project finance, corporate governance and securities law, with an emphasis on both advising on legal matters, managing the execution of complex legal projects to maximize value and meet objectives, including deadlines, and acting, when requested, as an experienced senior adviser. He has built his career acting for many of North America's major investment banks and multinational corporations, working on transactions across North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia in cooperation with local law firms.

Jeff has periodically served on the board of directors of public companies which are clients.

Publications & Presentations

•Frequent lecturer in continuing education programs across Canada and the United States on securities, governance, crisis management, ethics and law firm management.
•Speaker, More than Six feet Under, Panel presentation to the Section of International Law, American Bar Association (ABA), October 2012.
•Speaker, M&A Skills Course: Doing the Cross-Border Deal, September 2012.
•Speaker, Anatomy of an M&A Deal: Due Diligence, ABA teleconference, September 2012.
•Speaker, Venture Capital Financing April 2012.
•Speaker, Board and CEO Assessment - Risk Management, April 2012.
•Speaker, Professionalism and Practice Management, Law Society of Upper Canada, April 2012.
•Speaker, Regulatory Responses in the Securities World post Global Financial Crisis, International Bar Association, Dubai, November 2011.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada(Corporate Commercial Law).
•Recognized in the 2015 edition (and since 2011) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Corporate Governance and also recognized in 2015 for Mergers & Acquisitions).
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law).
•Recognized in the 2015 Lexpert Special Edition on the Leading Corporate Lawyers.
•Recognized in the 2015 and 2014 edition of the Lexpert Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance & Securities).
•Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2015-2016 Lexpert Special Edition on Global Mining.
•Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Infrastructure.
•Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions).
•Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/M&A)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Advised 407 International on its successful bid to acquire 407 ETR for $3.5 billion and put in place interim and permanent financing. Advised Philip Morris International Inc. on its acquisition of Rothmans Inc. (approximately $2.2 billion). Advised Uramin Inc. on its acquisition by an entity owned by Areva and the spinout of Niger Uranium Limited ($2.5 billion). Advised the board of directors of Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. on its ongoing disputes with Carl Icahn-controlled entities. Advised the Special Committee of MI Developments in connection with Magna Entertainment Corporation, a proposed insider bid and a proposed restructuring. Advised Phelps Dodge on its $56-billion offer for Inco and Falconbridge. Advised the Special Committee of Economical Insurance with respect to demutualization matters. Advised the underwriters to Canadian National Railway Company on its $2.2-billion cross-border initial public offering.

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Outsiders on the Inside: A Cross-Border Insider Trading Case Study
Jeff Barnes,Gordon G. Raman,Sarah Sweet, November 4, 2015
It's not the typical insider trading story: a COO in the U.S. begins selling his retail company's sale and return reports of smartphones to an investment research analyst, but after one particular piece of information is released, a major smartphone manufacturer's stock drops more than seven...

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Jeff Barnes

Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3Y4

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