Jeffrey Graham is a senior corporate partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Jeff has extensive experience working with international corporations and other entities on transactional and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on the financial and technology sectors, including life sciences, clean tech and fintech. He has assisted many international corporations obtain regulatory approvals required to carry on business in Canada and advised on related transactions and other matters to facilitate the successful launch of new businesses in Canada. At the same time, he advises Canadian corporations, including many regulated entities, on complex corporate and regulatory matters including regulatory approvals, financings, licensing transactions and acquisitions. Jeff is recognized in various international publications as a leading Canadian financial services and technology lawyer.
Jeff has considerable experience advising clients on the development of new laws and regulations, including assisting clients to present their views to all three levels of governments in Canada. In this domain, Jeff’s skills and experience distinguish him from many other corporate practitioners.
Earlier in his career, he practised corporate and securities law with a major Washington D.C. based law firm, acted as a senior public policy consultant based in Ottawa and Toronto and served as a senior lawyer in the Government of Ontario. Each of these early career experiences have contributed to Jeff’s ability to provide sophisticated yet practical and pragmatic advice to clients.
Jeff has been involved in community activities throughout his career, helping to found and lead Dialogue Canada, co-founding Toronto Biotechnology Initiative (now Life Science Ontario) and serve as its first President, as well as a past President of the Association of Canadian Pension Management and a founding and current director of Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
Most recently, in his capacity as Co-Chair of the firm’s Middle East Practice, Jeff has helped to create the Canada-Saudi and Canada-UAE Business Councils and has led community efforts to make Toronto the North American centre for alternative finance.
Jeff holds B.Comm. and B.C.L./LL.B. degrees from McGill University and graduate degrees in international legal studies from Cambridge and Columbia universities. He is a member of the Bars of D.C. and Ontario (previously Québec).