J. David A. Jackson
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2636

David practises in the area of securities law, advising major Canadian and international public corporations and investment dealers in public and private financings, take-over bids, issuer bids, merger, acquisition and disposition transactions, business law and corporate governance.

David was actively involved in the preparation and review of the draft bills leading up to the current Ontario Securities Act (OSA). He also participated in the review of the take-over bid provisions of the OSA and provided recommendations to the Ontario Securities Commission that led to the current, uniform, Canadian take-over bid code.

David was Chairman of the Firm from 1995 to 2001.


  • Lead counsel to BHP Billiton in its offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
  • Counsel to Bell Aliant Regional Communications LLP in connection with its conversion from an income trust to a corporation and various related transactions
  • Adviser to the Ontario Securities Commission in connection with its intervention in the appeal of the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Re Danier Leather Inc. to the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Counsel to Power Financial Corporation, Great-West Lifeco Inc. and IGM Financial Inc. in connection with Great-West Lifeco's acquisition of Putnam Inc.

David is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 (Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Corporate/Commercial)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 (Corporate and M&A)
  • IFRL1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2015 Edition (Capital Markets)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 (Corporate/M&A)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 (Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance & Securities)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 (Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions)