Jay A. Swartz
Jay Swartz is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Capital Markets, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Banking and Infrastructure practices. He has a diverse commercial practice with particular emphasis on banking, debt financings, financial product development, structured finance, corporate restructurings, private equity funds and private company acquisitions.
Jay has been involved with numerous corporate restructurings, representing borrowers, lenders, investors, boards and receivers/monitors. He has been active in the establishment of numerous domestic and international funds for private equity investment in a variety of sectors, including mezzanine debt, venture capital, technology investment, distress investing and buy-out funds. In addition, Jay has been involved in all aspects of merchant banking transactions dealing with acquisitions, multi-tiered financings, equity ownership, corporate governance and employee incentive and compensation arrangements. This involved a co-ordination of the multi-disciplinary team of legal specialists at the firm as well as other advisors.
Jay, together with other partners at the firm, has been instrumental in the development of the asset-backed securities business in Canada, having developed a variety of products to be sold to short and medium-term investors and to provide financing for mortgage receivables, lease receivables, government obligations, automobile loans, mutual fund deferred charges, car rental revenue and similar financial obligations.
In the financial products area, Jay has worked with bankers and investment dealers to develop products designed to strip and repackage corporate debt obligations, monetize future commodity production, defease corporate debt and provide tax-assisted financing for companies in financial distress. Jay has been involved in Canada's first financings secured by highway toll revenues, airport revenues and funding for school boards. In addition, Jay has been involved in numerous project financings, including several involving public sector assets. He has significant experience in bank regulatory matters and the regulation of financial institutions generally. A significant portion of this work has been related to the role of foreign banks in the Canadian banking system.