Jon Truswell's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, reporting issuer compliance, commercial agreements and governance of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Jon's principal area of practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions acting for the acquirer, target and special committees. Jon also has significant corporate finance experience in public and private debt and equity financings in Canada and the U.S. In addition, Jon has experience in corporate reorganizations and spin-outs; corporate governance; continuous disclosure; and general commercial transactions.
Jon is the Past Chair of the board of governors of the Lindsay Park Sports Society, a not-for-profit society that manages and operates Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Jon is a Tyke lacrosse coach with the Calgary Sabrecats and a Novice hockey coach with the Springbank Minor Hockey Association.
•Counsel to underwriters in connection with the issuance of $500 million aggregate principal amount of series DF bonds by the Province of Alberta (May 2014)
•Counsel to underwriters in connection with the issuance of $500 million aggregate principal amount of series DF bonds by the Province of Alberta (April 2014)
•Counsel to underwriters in connection with the issuance of $500 million aggregate principal amount of series DH bonds by the Province of Alberta (April 2014)
News & Events
• Jon Truswell Recognized Among Canada's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
November 26, 2010 On November 25, 2010, Lexpert magazine recognized Canada's top 40 lawyers and corporate counsel under 40 at the Rising Stars Gala in Toronto, Ontario. Jon Truswell, a corporate partner in the firm's Calgary office was among the recipients of this award.
• Bennett Jones Announces Eight New Partners
April 20, 2006 Congratulations to the eight Bennett Jones associates who were unanimously voted into the partnership.
•2011, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
Jon C. Truswell , recognized as a Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch
•2010, Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
Jon C. Truswell , recognized as one of Canada's leading 40 lawyers under 40
• Streamlining Disclosure for Venture Issuers
May 29, 2014 On May 22, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (NI 51-102), National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (NI 41-101), National Instrument 52-110 Audit Committees (NI 52-110) and related companion policies. The proposed amendments, if adopted, would streamline and tailor disclosure for venture issuers and make the disclosure requirements for venture issuers more manageable for issuers at their stage of development.
• CSA Proposes Amendments to Accredited Investor and Minimum Amount Investment Prospectus Exemptions
March 11, 2014 On February 27, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions. The proposed amendments, if adopted, would require individuals relying on the accredited investor prospectus exemption in section 2.3 of NI 45-106 and section 73.3 of the Securities Act (Ontario) to obtain a signed risk acknowledgement form in Form 45-106F9 Risk Acknowledgement Form for Individual Accredited Investors from certain individual accredited investors who are not permitted clients, and restrict the minimum amount investment prospectus exemption in section 2.10 of NI 45-106 to distributions to non-individual investors.
• ISS Announces Key 2014 Draft Policy Updates
October 31, 2013 On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an influential proxy advisory firm, released three proposed updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines. The proposed updates relate to director overboarding, pay for performance quantitative screen and problematic audit-related issues. ISS is seeking feedback from market participants to finalize these updated guidelines, which will be published in November 2013 and will apply to shareholder meetings of publicly traded Canadian companies occurring on or after February 1, 2014.