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, 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.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market), 2012-2016
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Energy), 2014-2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Legal 500 Canada (Capital Markets)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Legal 500 Canada (Corporate and M&A)
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      2010
      Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, "Corporate Lawyer to Watch"
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
      2009
      Lexpert "Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40"
    • Rankings & Awards
      2009
      Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, "Corporate Lawyer to Watch"
  • 1997

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1997
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1995

    • Education
      1995
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 1992

    • Education
      1992
      University of Western Ontario, BA

Memberships

  • Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Ontario Securities Commission Small and Medium Size Enterprises Committee (2014 - 2017)
  • Panelist, "Your Comprehensive Guide to Blockchain - Capital Market Challenges and Initial Coin Offerings", Ontario Bar Association, June 2018
  • Panelist, "Fintech & Funding Options in the US & Canada: Regulatory & Business Challenges of Raising Capital", Velocity Conference, March 2018
  • Panelist, "Blockchain 101 - Everything you need to know about Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & ICOs", Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce, February 2018
  • Panelist, "New Frontiers in Capital Innovation - Initial Coin Offerings", National Crowdfunding Association, November 2017
  • Moderator, "Regulatory Perspectives from Canadian Securities Regulators", National Crowdfunding Association, March 2017
  • Moderator, "Fiduciary Rule" and its Potential Impact on the Investment Industry - Women in Capital Markets, September 2016
  • Panelist, "Rapid Fire Crowdfunding Opportunities for Raising Capital Online 101+", Ryerson DMZ, June 2016
  • Moderator, "Critical Update: The New Take-Over Bid Rules", Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, May 2016
  • Panelist, "New Financing Options", Canadian Securities Exchange Day, April 2016
  • Speaker "Live Crowdfunding Stars" - Profit BusinessCast podcast, March 2016
  • Panelist "Industry Experts and Regulatory Perspectives: What to Expect in 2016", Canadian Crowdfunding Summit March 2016
  • Contributor, "Getting the Deal Through" - Transactions/Downstream Investments - Canada - Private Equity, 2010-2013
  • Contributor, "Getting the Deal Through" - Securities Finance - Canada - Private Equity, 2010-2013
  • Contributor, "Ready to Bloom - The New S&P / TSX Clean Technology Index" - Canadian Lawyer, September 2010
  • Author, "How to Bring an Initial Public Offering to Market", Law Society of Upper Canada "How To" Brief Series, October 2008 - 2014
  • Co-Author, "Go Public in Canada", Published in The Marker, Israel, April 2008

Insights & Resources

  • Overactive Media Group: Counsel to company in connection with acquisition of rights to operate a Toronto Team in the Overwatch League.
  • Datametrex AI Limited: Counsel to company in connection with qualifying transaction with Everfront Ventures Corp. and listing on TSX Venture Exchange, and subsequent acquisition of Nexalogy Environics.
  • Gravitas Securities Inc.: Counsel to the underwriter on private placements of Viscount Mining Corp. and Angkor Gold Corp.
  • eSight Corporation: Counsel to issuer on venture capital offering of CA$12 million Series 2 preferred shares.
  • Counsel to various online investment platforms including OurCrowd (the world's largest equity crowdfunding portal headquartered in Israel), Foregrowth and R2Crowd in connection with Canadian registration and compliance matters, private equity fund formation and securities transactions.
  • The Trendlines Group Ltd.: Canadian counsel to leading Israeli medical and agricultural technology investment company in connection with brokered private placement convertible debenture offering and filing of Canadian prospectus in connection with TSX IPO.
  • Solutions4CO2 Inc. (now BlueOcean NutraSciences Inc.): Advising on the initial public offering of Solutions4CO2 Inc., a waste gas/water to co-product company on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • Nico Mining Ltd.: Counsel to issuer in connection with the acquisition, financing and TSX listing of Red Crescent Resources Ltd., a Turkish mining company.
  • The Gartman Letter: Acting as Canadian counsel in connection with CA$55 million initial public offering of Horizons AlphaPro Gartman Fund.
  • Cyence International Inc.: Acting as counsel to in connection with sale to Davis + Henderson Income Fund for CA$38 million.
  • Excel-Tech Ltd.: Advising on initial public offering of Excel-Tech Ltd. on TSX and its subsequent acquisition by Natus Medical Incorporated by Plan of Arrangement for CA$62 million.