Jonathan Feldman

Attorney in Toronto, ON
Jonathan Feldman is a partner at Goodmans. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan has extensive experience acting for buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries for private and public companies.

Jonathan has been involved in a number of contested shareholder matters, including proxy contests representing both dissident shareholders and boards of directors. He is also often asked to participate in litigation matters where strategic advice is sought and knowledge of corporate and securities law is required.

Before joining Goodmans in 2004, Jonathan was an associate in the M&A Group of White & Case LLP in New York, where he represented clients in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions.

Jonathan has been a frequent author and lecturer on topics including recent developments in the Canadian M&A market, the evolving role of shareholder rights plans and the rise of shareholder activism in Canada. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School where he has taught the course “The Art of the Deal”.

In 2011, Jonathan was recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and he was recognized in Lexpert’s 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a ""Corporate Lawyer to Watch"".

Jonathan is an active member of the community. In 2012 the University of Toronto awarded Jonathan its Arbor Award for outstanding voluntary service. As a co-founder of the Barrie to Baycrest 100km annual bike ride, Jonathan has been instrumental in helping raise over $10 million for the Baycrest hospital in Toronto.

Industry Recognition
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Jonathan Feldman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Jonathan Feldman - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Jonathan Feldman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Jonathan Feldman - Repeatedly Recommended , Private Equity, 2013

Lexpert’s Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40, Jonathan Feldman - Recognized, 2011

CSA Publish Update on Proposed Amendments to the Early Warning Regime October-14-2014

TSX Announces Rule Changes on Share Incentives and Backdoor Listings September-26-2014

CSA Propose Different Direction for Take-Over Bid Regime September-12-2014

Sino-Forest CFO's Settlement Agreement Highlights Standards of Executive Responsibility August-08-2014

Two New Ontario Court Decisions Reconsider Fairness Opinions June-09-2014

Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Proposed National Policy to Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms April-25-2014

Ontario Court Comments on Fairness Opinions in Corporate Arrangements April-04-2014

Quebec Announces Measures to Deter Hostile Take-overs February-24-2014

Toronto Stock Exchange Announces Amendments to Director Voting Requirements February-14-2014

Private Equity: What’s in Store for 2014? February-12-2014

Broadridge Calls Off Proxy Vote Changes February-11-2014

Broadridge U.S. Changes its Policy on Interim Voting Reports February-10-2014

OSC Proposes Rule on Gender Diversity January-20-2014

Significant Changes Proposed In M&A Regulation In Canada, Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers In Canada January-13-2014

Glass Lewis 2014 Proxy Season Policy Updates December-17-2013

ISS 2014 Proxy Season Policy Updates November-22-2013

Dual Class Share Policy from the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance September-27-2013

Canadian Securities Administrators to Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms September-20-2013

Legislative Amendments Give OSC Broader Disclosure Rights During Investigations July-17-2013

Toronto Stock Exchange Provides Guidance on Director Election Requirements July-11-2013

Amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act June-20-2013

OSC Provides Guidance on Forward-Looking Information Disclosure June-17-2013

Nominee Directors and Confidentiality: the Canadian Law Perspective June-01-2013

Significant Changes Proposed in M&A Regulation In Canada June-01-2013

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose New Regimes for Shareholder Rights Plans March-15-2013

CSA Proposes Significant Amendments to Early Warning Regime March-14-2013

OSC Staff Comments on Notice-and-Access Issues Affecting OBCA Companies March-06-2013

Advance Notice Policies on the Rise, Corporate Governance Report March-01-2013

Industry Canada Announces Availability of Exemption for CBCA Issuers Seeking to Adopt New Notice-And-Access System March-01-2013

OSFI Releases Final Version of the Corporate Governance Guideline February-01-2013

Corporate Finance and Securities: Recent Developments of Importance January-07-2013

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange Seek Public Comment in Ongoing Review of Emerging Market Issuers December-20-2012

CSA Adopts ""Notice-and-Access"" Rules and other Amendments to Improve Issuer Communications with Investors December-03-2012

PQ Announces Plans to Change Foreign Take-Over Bid Rules November-26-2012

ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Proxy Season Guidelines November-23-2012

OSC Releases Guidelines for Companies Operating in Emerging Markets November-12-2012

Ontario Securities Commission to Target ""Gatekeepers"" of Emerging Market Issuers Listed on Canadian Exchanges October-31-2012

Toronto Stock Exchange Announces New Director Voting Requirements October-10-2012

Annual Meeting Results Invalidated Due to Improper Telephone Proxy Solicitation August-14-2012

OSC finds former RIM employee acted 'contrary to the public interest' August-07-2012

Advance Notice Policies on the Rise August-07-2012

CSA Announces Results of Continuous Disclosure Review for Fiscal 2012 August-01-2012

Canada Proposes Additional Amendments to the Foreign Investment Review Process May-28-2012

The Problem of Coercion and Proposal for Reform November-03-2011

Proposed Governance and Disclosure Requirements for Venture Issuers August-31-2011

Changes to Executive Compensation Disclosure in Canada November-30-2010

Baffinland - The End of the Auction Generally Means the Time has Come for a Pill to Go November-25-2010

Supplemental Disclosure of Magna July-15-2010

OSC Spider Decision Muddies the Waters for Rights Plans July-12-2010

Magna - The OSC Decision June-30-2010

The Ontario Business Corporations Act's Backdoor Requirement for Annual Meetings May-19-2010

The Mechanics of an Ambush April-22-2010

News and Events
Jon Feldman at the LSUC's Securities Law Update 2014 November-06-2014

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Canadian hostile defence options grow"", IFLR June-17-2014

Goodmans at the CFA Society Toronto's Hostile Bid Luncheon March-06-2014

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Statute paper short on new ideas, lawyers say"", The Lawyers Weekly February-28-2014

Goodmans Presents: The Paperless Proxy: Notice-and-Access is Here January-23-2014

Jon Feldman at The Canadian Institute's 23rd Annual Forum on Securities Regulation November-20-2013

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Proxy battles chart course into less turbulent waters"", National Post September-27-2013

Jon Feldman quoted in ""To regulate or not to regulate?"", Canadian Lawyer Magazine March-26-2013

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Telephone use in proxy fights needs refining"", Financial Post October-03-2012

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Lessons In Failed $2B Lowe's Bid For Canadian Hardware Chain"", Law360 September-17-2012

Goodmans Presents: Winning the Vote - Keys to Success in Proxy Contests March-01-2012

Jon Feldman quoted in ""BCE ruling has subtle impact; Fiduciary duties"", National Post September-16-2009

Jon Feldman quoted in ""Unsung heros get Bell deal done"", National Post July-11-2007

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Areas of Law

  • Acquisition Finance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Shareholder Rights and Activism


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2000, New York
2005, Ontario

Law School Attended

University of Toronto
Class of 1999

University Attended

McGill University
Class of 1994

L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Class of 1995

McGill University
Class of 1996

Community Contributions

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Goodmans LLP - Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)

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