Jason Kroft Partner Head of Structured Finance and Securitization Group


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2000 - New York

Year of Call: 1999 - Ontario


Primary office:  Toronto




Jason Kroft

Leading Gowling WLG’s Structured Finance and Securitization Group, Toronto-based partner Jason Kroft brings over 25 years of experience in corporate law to provide practical, timely and effective counsel to both domestic and international clients. Focusing his practice on structured and specialized finance, Jason helps a diverse client base – including banks, investment and pension funds, governments, and high-net-worth individuals – navigate an array of unique and complex transactions, including in the context of the following areas:

  • Public and private asset securitizations
  • Investment funds such as social finance and social enterprise funds and private debt funds
  • Derivatives products and instruments
  • Alternative and specialized finance transactions for originators and borrowers, banks and other lenders, financial intermediaries, trustees and agents, liquidity providers, debt rating agencies, governments and crown agencies
  • Energy, commodity and mining products and transactions
  • Banking and secured finance, including project finance and private debt funds

Jason has consistently been recognized among the country’s leading derivatives and financial products lawyers by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada™, where he was named the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto for Derivatives Law.

As an extension of his corporate law practice, Jason, at the forefront of emerging areas such as carbon finance and ESG, leads efforts in emissions trading, green bonds and sustainable-linked notes. He routinely counsels a range of carbon market participants, including project developers, lenders and traders. Furthermore, Jason collaborates with boards of directors, C-suite executives and risk management teams to develop and implement strategies addressing challenges and opportunities related to ESG and carbon finance, mitigating risks of “greenwashing” or “climate-washing” and seizing opportunities in emerging markets. He supports clients in adopting responsible investing practices by advising on:

  • Green finance
  • Carbon credits purchase, sale, trading, finance and monetization strategies
  • Regulations for voluntary and compliance markets
  • ESG matters related to investment funds, private equity transactions, M&A and capital markets
  • Corporate governance with respect to public disclosure, investment and governance policies, stakeholder engagement, responses to activism and greenwashing claims

A prolific author and speaker, Jason has published and presented on a range of topics related to his practice, including negotiation and mediation theory, responsible investing, green and sustainable finance, structured products and finance, securitization and derivatives. As a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Jason lectured and taught courses in business and legal topics. He also chaired the Osgoode Hall Law School pro bono business law clinic, Canada’s longest running pro bono law clinic.

Outside of his practice, Jason is actively engaged in philanthropic pursuits, currently serving on the board of directors for Save a Child’s Heart, where he chairs the Governance Committee.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2024

    • Rankings & Awards
       2024
      Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Derivatives Law, 2024
    • Community
       2024
      Save A Child’s Heart, Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee
    • Rankings & Awards
       2024
      The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Asset Securitization, 2023-2024; Derivative Instruments, 2023-2024; Corporate Commercial Law, 2024; Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), 2024
  • 2023

    • Rankings & Awards
       2023
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023-2024 in Banking & Finance, Corporate, Derivatives, Energy, Project Finance, and Structured Finance
  • 2022

    • Rankings & Awards
       2022
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 as "Lawyer of the Year" in Derivatives
    • Rankings & Awards
       2022
      The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 as a leading lawyer in Asset Securitization and Derivative Instruments
  • 2021

    • Rankings & Awards
       2021
      The 2021 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in Derivative Instruments
    • Rankings & Awards
       2021
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 in Banking & Finance, Corporate, Derivatives, Energy, Project Finance, and Structured Finance
  • 2020

    • Rankings & Awards
       2020
      The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 as a leading lawyer in Asset Securitization and Derivative Instruments
    • Rankings & Awards
       2020
      Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure, September 2020, as a leading lawyer
    • Rankings & Awards
       2020
      Lexpert Special Edition: Technology, May 2020, as a leading lawyer
  • 2017

    • Rankings & Awards
       2017
      Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, October 2017
    • Rankings & Awards
       2017
      The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in Derivative Instruments
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
       2015
      Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2015
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
       2012
      Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a “Corporate Lawyer to Watch”
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
       2011
      Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, 2011
  • 2003

    • Education
       2003
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM
  • 2000

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2000
      Year of Call, New York
  • 1999

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1999
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1997

    • Education
       1997
      Articled as a law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario (1997-1998)
    • Education
       1997
      University of Western Ontario, LLB (with distinction)
  • 1994

    • Education
       1994
      Tufts University, BA (magna cum laude)