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Jeffrey 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:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Pensions & Benefits - Nationwide - Canada) (Jeff receives praise "for his expertise in providing support on pensions aspects of M&A deals, plan administration and investment management matters. He is responsive, accommodating and professional. He demonstrated that he is definitely a subject matter expert. We trust and rely on his counsel on all pension matters.")

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Recommended - Pensions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Consistently Recommended - Pensions & Employee Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Labour, Employment and Pensions)

Professional Activities

Jeff is 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 also 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.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1997
LL.B., University of Western Ontario - 1995
B.B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University - 1992
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