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When real estate lenders and developers want top tier expertise and top level service, they call Steven Jeffery. Known for prompt and efficient service, Steve always picks up the phone, and always delivers. His colleagues value his advice on whatever aspect of real estate and financing law they require insight on.

After 30+ years of practice, Steve is an industry recognized leading practitioner in the real estate area. He has acted for lenders and developers of all types, and on transactions of all sizes and complexity. Steve has represented banks, mezzanine lenders and other lenders on real estate financings of all kinds; whether servicing, construction or term loans. He has developed specialized knowledge in regards to derivatives, securitization and letters of credit.

Steve also acts for developers on structuring and financing their transactions. On the structure side, he possesses a multitude of experience in the acquisition and divestiture of properties, co-ownerships, joint ventures and limited partnerships, and prepares development and management agreements of all kinds. He has acted for the developers and owners of residential apartment buildings, low- and high-rise residential developments, retail properties, office buildings and hotels.

Given the cyclical nature of real estate, Steve has gained significant experience in restructuring and insolvency-related work for lenders and borrowers.

Steve acted as head of Blaneys' business law department from 1999 to 2002. He was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 2005 until 2007. Steve is also the senior editor of the firm's widely read business law quarterly, Blaneys on Business. Steve has a Masters of Law in banking and financial services, his thesis topic being on foreign bank regulation in Canada.

Contact & Links


  • 2 Queen Street East, Suite 1500
    Toronto, ON M5C 3G5


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.M., graduated 1999
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1984
  • Ontario, Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1984


  • Law Society of Ontario - Member
  • Ontario Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • Ranked in Chambers & Partners Canada Guide in Real Estate (Ontario)

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