Jonathan Yantzi

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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2019

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Representative Matters
  • Selected Publications
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Jonathan works hard and listens carefully to earn trust. Clients and colleagues depend on his technical expertise and acumen. Jonathan distils complex problems into clear decision points. Then he drives pragmatic solutions to advance his clients’ interests.

Jonathan is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group. He specializes in asset-based, syndicated, secured, mezzanine and subordinated debt financings, both domestic and cross-border. He has closed transactions across various industries, including advertising, engineering, financial services, hospitality, management consulting, manufacturing and telecommunications.

He also practises in the area of insolvency and restructuring law, including the commercial aspects of turnarounds, reorganizations, liquidations, security enforcement, receiverships, plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the purchase and sale of distressed assets and businesses.

Jonathan manages files for Schedule I banks and other financial institutions, secured creditors and bondholders, borrowers, landlords, suppliers, purchasers, financial advisors and financiers.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for his expertise in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • Awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2013 by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to study public policy at the University of California, Berkeley

Professional Involvement


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Secured Finance Network
  • Turnaround Management Association

    Representative Matters

    Represented Zoeller Company in connection with its acquisition of Burke Water Systems Manufacturing Inc. / Burke Manufacture De Systѐmes A Eau Inc. and Bur-Cam Pumps Inc. / Les Pompes Bur-Cam Inc.

    Represented Wynnchurch Capital, L.P. as Canadian counsel in connection with its majority ownership acquisition of FloWorks International, LLC.

    Represented Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading operator of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities and network-dense urban data centres in Toronto, in its acquisition of six urban office properties from Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust for $794 million.

    Representing Bank of Montreal in connection with several loans ranging from $10,000,000 to $100,000,000 to borrowers in the advertising, cannabis, engineering, hospitality, management consulting and manufacturing industries, for various purposes, including for working capital, real estate acquisition, construction financing and strategic targeted growth through acquisitions.

    Represented a private lender in connection with their financing of a project to provide high-speed Internet access on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory through the construction and operation of a fibre optic backbone and distribution network.

    Represented Waygar Capital, as agent for Ninepoint Canadian Senior Debt Master Fund, in connection with its $30,000,000 financing of Enterprise Group, a consolidator of services to the energy sector focused on specialized equipment rental, to fund asset purchases, enhance capital expenditures and diversify acquisition strategy.

    Represented a Canadian telecommunications company in connection with a $55,000,000 acquisition financing.

    Represented a financial institution in connection with the implementation of its Canada Emergency Business Account program, including advising on its arrangements with Export Development Canada and drafting the program documentation.

    Represented a senior secured lender in the AgMedica Bioscience CCAA proceedings.

    Represented Ernst & Young in its capacity as the court-appointed monitor in the CannTrust CCAA proceedings.

    Represented BDO Canada in its capacity as the court-appointed receiver of 908593 Ontario Limited, operating as Eagle Travel Plaza, et al., in an insolvency proceeding commenced by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

    Represented Crown Private Credit in connection with its $60,000,000 financing for a leading Canadian provider of pharmacy and other healthcare services, for debt refinancing and working capital purposes, and to assist with strategic acquisitions.

    Selected Publications

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: Types of Debt for SaaS Providers," Aird & Berlis LLP, March 23, 2023. 

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: How to Register Security Interests in IP," Aird & Berlis LLP, March 14, 2023. 

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: Software as a Service," Aird & Berlis LLP, February 23, 2023.

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: Due Diligence Issues," Aird & Berlis LLP, February 16, 2023. 

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: Why Are Tech Companies So Hard to Value?," Aird & Berlis LLP, February 9, 2023.

    Co-author, "Tech Lending: What Are IP Assets?," Aird & Berlis LLP, February 9, 2023.


    • JD, University of Toronto, 2018
    • MPP, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
    • B.Soc.Sc. Hons. (Summa Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, 2012