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Jonathan Yantzi

Associate

Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2019

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 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.

An active community member, Jonathan chairs the JDRF Canada Toronto Ride legal sector cabinet, which raises funds and awareness to support type 1 diabetes research. He also serves on Fulbright Canada’s advisory board.

Jonathan was recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring.

Other Languages

French

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for 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

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Secured Finance Network
  • Turnaround Management Association

Community Involvement

  • Advisory Board member, Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada)

Representative Matters

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.

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.

Education

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