Jason A. Saltzman
Jason Saltzman is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office practising in corporate finance and securities law, with an emphasis on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, corporate governance and securities registration and compliance matters.
Jason works with established and emerging companies worldwide, primarily in the technology, fintech, cleantech, cannabis and life science (including medical technology), mining and resources, and media, sports/eSports and entertainment sectors. He assists issuers, investment dealers, investment portals and institutional and private investors on complex equity and debt financing transactions, ranging from start-up investments, venture capital and private equity investments, to larger public offerings and project finance.
Jason has taken numerous companies public on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange by IPO, reverse takeover, capital pool transactions and direct listings. Jason advises on corporate governance, disclosure obligations, securities issuances, executive compensation matters, hostile and friendly takeover bids and proxy contests. He also advises securities dealers, advisers, investment fund managers and other market participants in connection with their registration and compliance issues.
In the last few years, Jason has been very active in building an alternative finance practice by focusing on fin-tech, crowdfinance and other disruptive models such as online investment platforms, initial coin offerings and crypto currencies, peer-to-peer lending and robo-advising. He has become known as a thought leader in this innovative area. Jason served two terms on the Ontario Securities Commission's Small and Medium Enterprises Advisory Committee from 2014-2017.
Jason has made regular international trips (including to the US, Israel and Turkey) to inform emerging companies and their key influencers about the benefits of raising capital in North America by listing on the TSX and other Canadian stock exchanges. He currently co-leads the Israel country desk of the law firm.