199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2006 (ON); 2010 (Eng & Wales)
Jason's practice focuses primarily on secured lending and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on aviation, project finance, infrastructure and defence. He is Chair of the firm’s Aviation & Aerospace group. Jason has represented various aircraft lessors, manufacturers and financiers on aircraft finance and commercial aviation matters. He has also represented both lenders and borrowers in domestic and international transactions, which have included asset-based lending, project finance, public-private partnerships and both public and private debt and capital markets offerings. Jason routinely advises clients on complex aviation regulatory matters, including foreign investment in Canadian airlines, Transport Canada audits, maintenance and repair certifications and airport privatization matters. He launched and co-leads Blakes Drones group and routinely advises the firm's key corporate clients on the use of drone technology in their commercial operations. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications.
On November 3, 2017, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx (together, Contracting Authority) reached financial close with EllisDon Infrastructure CGS RER Inc. (Project Co) to design, build and finance the Cooksville Station Redevelopment Project, in support of the province’s Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
On March 28, 2017, the City of Hamilton signed a project agreement with Harbour City Solutions General Partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the City of Hamilton’s Biosolids Management Project, with construction services provided by Bird-Maple Reinders Joint Venture, an unincorporated joint venture between Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. and Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and operations services provided by Synagro Hamilton Operating LP.
Air Canada closed its private offering of three tranches of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETCs), in the aggregate face amount of US$1,031,390,000. This is the second EETC offering in the last two years used by Air Canada to finance the acquisition of new aircraft to be added to its fleet. In April 2013, Air Canada closed the first Canadian offering using EETCs under the Cape Town Convention, which was ratified in December 2012, and became effective April 1, 2013, in Canada.