Jake Gilbert
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5831

Jake advises domestic and international clients, both public and private, on a full range of business matters, including cross-border and Canadian mergers and acquisitions. His primary area of focus is financial services (insurance, banking, mutual funds, credit cards and wealth management) but Jake also regularly advises clients in the consumer goods, information technology, and manufacturing sectors.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Representative transactions include:

  • Canadian counsel to FleetCor on its acquisition of Cambridge Mercantile Corp., a business-to-business payments company, for approximately US$650-million
  • Advising The Bank of Nova Scotia on the sale of the business and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a division of its subsidiary Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited
  • Wells Fargo on the Canadian aspects of its US$31-billion acquisition of GE Capital's global commercial distribution finance and vendor finance businesses
  • Standard Life on the C$4-billion sale of its Canadian insurance business to Manulife
  • Canadian Tire Financial Services on a strategic partnership with the Bank of Nova Scotia, including the sale of a 20% interest in its credit card business for C$500-million
  • Transamerica/AEGON on the proposed C$600-million sale of its Canadian insurance business to Wilton Re/CPPIB
  • Industrial Alliance on its acquisition of Jovian Capital Corporation
  • Transamerica on the sale of a critical insurance and disability block of business to Humania through an assumption reinsurance transaction
  • Bank of America on the sale of its Alaska Airlines portfolio to the Toronto Dominion Bank and of its Shoppers Drug Mart portfolio to the Royal Bank of Canada
  • Heartland Payment Systems on the sale of its Canadian payment processing business to Elavon Canada
  • Bank of America on the sale of an C$8-billion credit card portfolio to the Toronto Dominion Bank
  • LeasePlan on its Canadian licensing arrangement with Foss National Leasing
  • SunGard on the acquisition of Stratix Consulting, a leading provider of IT consulting services to Canadian financial services
  • An international bank on the sale of its mutual fund servicing outsourcing system to L&T Infotech
  • The Canadian aspects of the demutualization and flotation of Standard Life
  • The establishment of the Canadian branch of Mizuho Bank and the reorganization of its Canadian operations
  • The organization and start-up of Alpha Trading System by nine of Canada's leading financial institutions
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Jake is recognized as one of Canada's leading corporate/M&A lawyers in The Legal 500 Canada 2017.

PUBLICATIONS
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The Licensing Journal, May, 2017, and Blakes Bulletin on Mergers & Acquisitions, February 27, 2017.
Author: 10 Key Commercial Contract Considerations
PX Community Matters (Payments eXchange), April 29, 2015
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Incubating for Sustained Innovation
Insurtech Summit Canada, Deloitte, June 22, 2017.
Co-presenter: M&A in the P&C Industry: Consolidation and Beyond
Blakes Client P&C Insurance Conference: Thriving in Transformative Times, November 17, 2016.
Co-speaker: Focus on Fintech and Payments
Beyond Cards: Evolving Regulation of Payments, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 20, 2016.
Co-presenter: Negotiating Strategic Agreements: Key Considerations & Recommendations
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2016 Legal Section Annual Meeting, September 22, 2016.
Co-presenter: Sandbagging in M&A Transactions
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto, Ontario, July 13, 2016.
Presenter: Corporate Governance for Financial Institutions
Client Presentation, 2014
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