Jay Lefton

Lawyer, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Jay Lefton is a partner in the Corporate Commercial Group of the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is the Toronto Regional Leader of the Venture Capital Group. Jay focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, including public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions and takeover bids, private equity, strategic alliances, and technology transfer and licensing, with an emphasis on technology and life sciences companies.


Recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications, Jay represents and advises issuers (both publicly and privately owned), special committees, advisers, venture capitalists, institutional investors and private equity funds. He also advises universities, hospitals, research institutions and researchers at various stages in the commercialization of their discoveries. He has advised acquirors and target companies and their boards of directors in connection with negotiated transactions and unsolicited takeover bids, many of which were multi-jurisdictional in nature.

Jay leads the firm’s initiative in Israel and has worked with the last five Israeli trade commissioners to Canada to encourage collaborations between Israeli and Canadian companies. Jay’s involvement with Israeli companies includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, the establishment of Canadian subsidiaries, Canadian employment-related matters (including relating to the grant of stock options) and research collaborations.
Jay is a former member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Securities Advisory Committee, which advises the Commission on various matters, including legislative and policy initiatives.


Kent Runnells

US Attorney
Kent Runnells strives to provide exceptional legal service in all aspects of Business from commercial and residential real estate transactions to contract and lease negotiation to closing and beyond. If you are a buyer, seller or lender in a commercial or residential real estate deal, are setting up a new corporate business, or buying or selling an existing business, Kent’s allows you the benefit of a base of knowledge acquired over twenty-five plus year law experience. From hotels and shopping centres to modest single family homes; from under a hundred thousand to well into the millions dollars…


…your transaction will likely be very similar to one Kent has handled thousands of times. Kent Runnells has built my practice from the business perspective; with his goal being to provide a benefit that far outweighs the cost of his services. Unlike some of my colleagues, he realize that the lawyer exists to facilitate the deal; not the other way around. His practice has been built on long term relationships with quality clients throughout Florida and the rest of the USA who appreciate Kent’s business minded approach to serving their legal needs. While he do not offer free consultations to prospective clients, he would rather take your call (without cost or obligation) to discuss whether he can provide legal services in a cost effective manner.