Jay A. Lefton is a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is the Toronto Regional Leader of the firm's Venture Law Group. He leads the firm's initiative in Israel and has worked with the last five Israeli trade commissioners to Canada to encourage collaborations between Israeli and Canadian companies. He practices in the area of corporate and securities law, including public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions and take-over bids, private equity, strategic alliances, technology transfer and licensing, with an emphasis on technology and life sciences companies. Mr. Lefton has advised acquirers, special committees and target companies in connection with negotiated transactions and unsolicited take-over bids, many of which are multinational in nature. In addition, he counsels universities, hospitals and other academic institutions in connection with the commercialization of discoveries invented at such institutions. Mr. Lefton is a former member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Advisory Committee, which advises the Commission on various matters, including legislative and policy initiatives, and has been an adjunct faculty member of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lefton is an active member of many M&A related committees and working groups of both the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Mr. Lefton sits on the Board of numerous charitable, educational, medical and community organizations.