TORONTO (June 1, 2011) - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that Jay Lefton, a prominent business lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in its Toronto office. Jay is a seasoned practitioner who has more than 25 years of experience advising public and private companies on M&A, corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences.

“We are delighted to have Jay join BLG. An award-winning lawyer, Jay is recognized by his clients, his peers and the industry for his outstanding work in business law, securities and mergers and acquisitions,” said Frank Callaghan, Toronto managing partner. “Jay’s expertise and experience in these areas and in the technology and life sciences fields further strengthens BLG’s practice and our ability to serve the needs of our clients.”

Prior to joining BLG, Jay was a partner with another full-service Canadian law firm. Among his many responsibilities throughout his career, Jay has represented and advised clients on the commercialization of their discoveries and guided acquirers and boards of directors through transaction negotiations and unsolicited takeover bids.

In 2011, Jay was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® and recognized in the International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers and the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He also has a Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM 5.0 out of 5 peer review rating.

“I’m delighted to integrate my practice with that of BLG’s, and to have the opportunity to work alongside a strong group of colleagues,” said Jay. “I’m also very pleased to have joined a firm that is so committed to service and to working with its clients.”

Jay currently sits on many boards including the Cell Therapy Advisory Board of Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital, the Ontario Genomics Institute, ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Pathways to Education, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and the Canadian Committee of Tel Aviv Foundation. He is also on the Board of Governors and the Research and Commercialization Committee of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. He has also been a member of  the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Advisory Committee assisting on various matters, including legislative and policy initiatives.. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School and has also instructed at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is also an active member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the largest Canadian full-service law firm focusing on business law, litigation and intellectual property solutions. BLG provides bilingual services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For further information, visit blg.com

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