Jeff Barnes  

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary 

Jeff Barnes is counsel located in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Jeff's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, corporate finance, mining, project finance, corporate governance and securities law, with an emphasis on both advising on legal matters, managing the execution of complex legal projects to maximize value and meet objectives, including deadlines, and acting, when requested, as an experienced senior adviser. He has built his career acting for many of North America's major investment banks and multinational corporations, working on transactions across North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia in cooperation with local law firms.

Jeff has periodically served on the board of directors of public companies which are clients.

Representative Work 

  • Advised 407 International on its successful bid to acquire 407 ETR for $3.5 billion and put in place interim and permanent financing.
  • Advised Philip Morris International Inc. on its acquisition of Rothmans Inc. (approximately $2.2 billion).
  • Advised Uramin Inc. on its acquisition by an entity owned by Areva and the spinout of Niger Uranium Limited ($2.5 billion).
  • Advised the board of directors of Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. on its ongoing disputes with Carl Icahn–controlled entities.
  • Advised the Special Committee of MI Developments in connection with Magna Entertainment Corporation, a proposed insider bid and a proposed restructuring.
  • Advised Phelps Dodge on its $56-billion offer for Inco and Falconbridge.
  • Advised the Special Committee of Economical Insurance with respect to demutualization matters.
  • Advised the underwriters to Canadian National Railway Company on its $2.2-billion cross-border initial public offering.

Publications & Presentations

  • Frequent lecturer in continuing education programs across Canada and the United States on securities, governance, crisis management, ethics and law firm management.
  • Speaker, "More than Six feet Under," Panel presentation to the Section of International Law, American Bar Association (ABA), October 2012.
  • Speaker, "M&A Skills Course: Doing the Cross-Border Deal," September 2012.
  • Speaker, "Anatomy of an M&A Deal: Due Diligence," ABA teleconference, September 2012.
  • Speaker, "Venture Capital Financing" April 2012.
  • Speaker, "Board and CEO Assessment – Risk Management," April 2012.
  • Speaker, "Professionalism and Practice Management," Law Society of Upper Canada, April 2012.
  • Speaker, "Regulatory Responses in the Securities World post Global Financial Crisis," International Bar Association, Dubai, November 2011.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Commercial Law) and the 2017 edition (Corporate Finance & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2014) of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions).
  • Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2017 edition (and since 2015) of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2017, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Commercial Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Corporate Governance) Also recognized in 2016 and 2015 for Mergers & Acquisitions and in 2016 for Capital Markets.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who for Business Lawyers (Corporate - M&A; Capital Markets - Debt & Equity).
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2015-2016 Lexpert® Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions).
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/M&A).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.