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About Jacob

Jacob's practice focuses primarily on banking, corporate and commercial lending, acquisition finance, lease financing, commercial real estate lending, financial restructuring and corporate workouts. He has a broad range of experience managing transactions, advising financial institutions and other lenders and borrowers, and working on domestic and cross-border secured and unsecured financings. His clients include Canadian, U.S. and international financial institutions, specialty lenders, and a range of corporate borrowers in various industries, as well as sponsors and other specialized funds.

Jacob's industry expertise includes agricultural lending and agribusiness, the mining and natural resources sectors (with an emphasis on secured lending and streaming arrangements), life sciences, biotechnology and healthcare, equipment financing, insolvency and restructuring matters, construction and construction services, real estate, forestry, and marine/admiralty matters. His transactional experience includes bilateral, syndicated and club loan arrangements, mezzanine, second-lien, high-yield and subordinated financings, restructuring arrangements, debtor-in-possession lending, lease financings, convertible debt financings and complex intercreditor situations.

Jacob provides legal services through Jacob Switzer Law Corporation.

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia and Farm Credit Canada on numerous C$70-million+ club financing arrangements to various borrowing groups engaged in the greenhouse, poultry, dairy, cattle, floral and mushroom sectors throughout Western Canada

  • CRH Medical Corp. as borrower of US$130-million syndicated facilities from JPMorgan Chase Bank, U.S. Bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia and Wells Fargo Bank in connection with its continued expansion throughout the United States

  • Resource Capital Funds as a lead arranger of the financing for Lydian International, which included the purchase of a US$60-million gold stream and the provision of a US$185-million senior secured credit facility, in connection with its development of the Amulsar gold mining project in Armenia

  • A large Canadian financial institution as agent and lead arranger of a C$155-million syndicated financing to a leading Canadian truck leasing operation

  • Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as lead arrangers of €40-million revolving facilities to purchasers of €40-million senior secured notes and €100-million second lien notes issued by N&W Global Vending S.p.A. (now Evoca S.p.A.)

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia as agent and lead arranger of a C$220-million syndicated financing to Canadian Energy Services LP

  • Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as agent and lead arranger of a series of senior and second-lien syndicated financings totaling US$1.2-billion to a large international shipping company (including Canadian marine mortgages)

  • A large Canadian financial institution on a C$95-million bilateral financing in connection with the expansion of a large British Columbia hotel operation

  • Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. as the purchaser of a US$70-million metal stream from Nevada Copper Corp. in connection with the development and expansion of its Pumpkin Hollow copper mine in Nevada

  • CAI Capital Partners as borrower of acquisition financing for a series of different acquisitions, including the purchases of Montigo/Canadian Heating Products Inc. and Custom Air Conditioning Ltd.

  • A large international financial institution on a series of equipment leasing and marine vessel financings for one of Canada's largest aquaculture and seafood companies

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia as agent and lead arranger of a C$90-million syndicated financing to one of Canada's leading security services firms

  • Farm Credit Canada as a lender to Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd. in connection with management of its herd and restructuring of a portion of its indebtedness

  • A large international financial institution as equipment financier to various companies throughout Western Canada, including those in the construction and construction services, light industrial and transportation industries

  • Fortress Investment Group as lender to, and investor in, a large private aircraft group, including the provision of US$30-million senior convertible debt and US$120-million aircraft financing

  • A prominent U.S.-based private equity group as lead financier of NorZinc Ltd. in connection with its development of a zinc and nickel mine in the Northwest Territories, including secured loan and secured royalty arrangements

  • A large Canadian financial institution as the provider of C$65-million bilateral facilities to a leading Canadian forestry operation

  • TIMIA Capital Corp. on numerous revenue royalty financings and other mezzanine debt arrangements for software service companies across Canada

  • Correvio Pharma Corp. as borrower of a US$50-million credit facility from CR Group in connection with its corporate reorganization and continued expansion

  • A large international financial institution as agent and lead arranger of a C$40-million club financing for a leading Canadian lumber company in connection with its ongoing forestry operations and mill expansions
Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2024: Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing; 2023–2024: Asset Based Lending; 2022–2024: Banking & Financial Institutions; 2022–2023: Asset Equipment Finance/Lending)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2023–2024 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences 2023


Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2013
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2006
LLB, Queen's University – 2005
MA, University of Toronto – 2001
BA (Hon.), McGill University – 2000

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