Managing Partner

Jeff Levy

Managing Partner & Co-Founder - Lawyer
  • Jeff Levy is the managing partner at and co-founder of Levy Zavet PC, Lawyers. Mr. Levy is an experienced Ontario-based lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, mortgages, corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, tax law, commercial finance and estate planning. His primary role is serving as a trusted adviser to businesses of all sizes including corporations and family-owned or private businesses. Mr. Levy has represented companies doing business in many different areas including mortgage investment corporations (MICs), mortgage funds, mortgage brokerages and administrators, professional corporation, land development, condominiums, software development, construction, intellectual property, trademarks, patents, retailing, distribution, manufacturing, banking, consulting and other professional service fields.

    Mr. Levy’s experience includes advising start-ups seeking guidance on how to structure their businesses, counseling established companies looking for new sources of capital to fuel their growth, and assisting mature family-owned companies planning for transfer of the business to the next generation. His experience and training in business law also provide him with the background to counsel his clients on private equity transactions, venture capital and financing issues; joint ventures and strategic business relationships; software development contracts, licensing agreements and other technology issues; sales and distribution matters; and employment issues and executive compensation arrangements. He also provides advice on buying a business for those starting out or expanding their existing operations and counsels others on selling their business or exit strategies.

    In addition to his regular corporate and business law experience, Jeff Levy also brings more than six years of experience to his real estate law practice. He has represented clients ranging from first time home buyers to condominium developers in the areas of residential and commercial closings, land development and assembly, condominium development, condo corporations and the condo act, Tarion Home Warranty claims, Title Insurance claims, and more.  Jeff Levy greatly enjoys advising and counseling on mortgages and mortgage transactions.  Everything from setting  up and ongoing compliance with Mortgage Investment Corporations (MICs), mortgage brokerages, mortgage administrators, mortgage syndication, private mortgages and complex deal structuring.  Jeff Levy is extremely experienced in drafting complicated mortgage loan agreements and structuring multi-collateral, diverse payments and elaborate recovery provisions in every unique situation.  His long history of experience in mortgage enforcement, power of sale, and foreclosures, has given him the knowledge to foretell viable exit strategies at the loan origination stage of almost every single mortgage deal.

    Jeff Levy also has significant experience in protecting intellectual property rights, and has extensive knowledge of laws related to trademarks, copyrights, know-how and trade secrets, through combinations of registrations, contractual restrictions and licensing agreements.

    Taxes play a major role in many personal and business decisions. Mr. Levy’s strong tax background gives him the knowledge and experience to spot issues that another business lawyer might overlook, often bringing added value to the economics of the transaction. In addition, Mr. Levy advises many of the firm’s clients on specific estates, wills and tax issues and renders the appropriate opinions.

    Mr. Levy has represented companies and investors in a variety of private equity transactions. He has prepared private placement memorandums for many different types of business and has handled the compliance with federal securities laws and provincial laws. He is also an experienced commercial lawyer, representing banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of matters, including mortgages, lines of credit, asset-based loans, equipment leases and syndication of loans.

    As a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Mr. Levy has represented both buyers and sellers in a wide range of middle-market M&A transactions including tax-free mergers, spin-offs, cross-border sales of business assets, corporate restructurings, stock purchases and management-led buyouts (LBOs). His extensive due diligence experience helps prepare both buyer and seller of the business and reduces unwanted surprises that often upset deals at last the minute. He has represented buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from small local businesses to large industrial family-owned business, throughout Canada and the United States.

    • AMP, Mortgage Broker, Seneca College and Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario.  Awarded in June 2009.
    • JD, Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, ON.  Degree conferred in June 2007.
    • CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA, USA.  Awarded in September 2004.
    • CSC, Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute, Toronto, ON.  Awarded in February 2003.
    • MBA, Master of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University, ON. Degree conferred in June 2002.
    • HBSc, Honours in Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto & York University, ON. Degree conferred in November 2000.

    • Law Society of Upper Canada
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Toronto CFA Society

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Real Estate Law30%
Business Law28%
Lending & Mortgages Law22%
Wills & Estate Planning15%
Tax Law5%