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Jeffrey P. Sommers

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Recent representative matters include:

  • Counsel to Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc. in relation to the pension and employee benefits aspects of the merger of Brand Energy and Safway Group Holding LLC to form Brand Industrial Services, Inc., a leading global industrial service business with nearly US$5-billion in revenue

  • Counsel to Linamar Corporation in relation to the pension and employee benefits aspects of its $1.2-billion acquisition of the MacDon Group of Companies, a global market leader in the design and manufacturing of specialized agricultural harvesting equipment

  • Counsel to a Canadian insurance company in relation to its buy-in and buy-out annuity products for registered pension plans

  • Counsel on pension issues to the administrative agent for the lenders in the exit credit facilities to Resolute Forest Products Inc. (formerly, Abitibibowater Inc.) and certain of its subsidiaries

Awards & Recognition

Jeff has been recognized as a leading pension and employee benefits practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 – Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law – Toronto)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Pensions & Benefits – Nationwide – Canada) 

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Pensions – Leading Individual)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Consistently Recommended – Pensions & Employee Benefits)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2023 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2022 (Labour, Employment and Benefits)

Professional Activities

Jeff is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association's Pension and Benefits Law Section Executive. He serves on the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) Technical Advisory Committee for Asset Transfers and the FSRA Public Sector Pension Plans Advisory Committee. Jeff is chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Investment Committee and a co-chair and instructor for the Osgoode Certificate in Pensions Law Program. He is also a member of the Association of Canadian Pension Management, the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.

Jeff has contributed articles to Pension Planning, a Federated Press publication, the Canadian Tax Journal, the Taxation of Executive Compensation Journal, Employment and Labour Law Reporter and the Canadian Compensation & Benefits Reporter. He has also participated in professional development programs sponsored by the Law Society of Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School, The Canadian Institute, Federated Press and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Media Activities
  • Quoted: How will crypto disclosure rules impact federally regulated pension plans?
    Article by Julius Melnitzer, Benefits Canada, April 20, 2023.
  • Quoted: Law protecting DB plans in insolvency could have undesired results: lawyers
    Article by Zena Olijnyk, HRD Canada, April 10, 2023.
  • Quoted: Law protecting defined benefit pensions in insolvency could have undesired results: Blakes lawyers
    Article by Zena Olijnyk, Canadian Lawyer, April 6, 2023.
  • Quoted: A closer look at the feds' proposed borrowing flexibility rule for DB pensions
    Article by Julius Melnitzer, Benefits Canada, April 14, 2022.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1997
LLB, University of Western Ontario – 1995
BBA, Wilfrid Laurier University – 1992

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