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Marvin Yontef


M&A, Securities, Restructurings/Reorganizations and Corporate Counsellor at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777. 7474

Marvin Yontef provides counsel on commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking and project finance, securities offerings, corporate reorganizations and restructurings. He also provides strategic and other legal advice to boards of directors, as well as commercial and investment bankers.

Marvin joined the firm after almost 40 years at another leading Canadian firm where he was lead counsel on many of the country's highest profile engagements. He is a director of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, which is part of the University Health Network. Marvin has been a director of a number of public and closely held companies, and charitable organizations, including the Air Canada group of companies in recent years.

Marvin is a frequent keynote speaker and panellist at professional, academic and commercial conferences on topics related to mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary responsibilities and business restructurings.

Numerous legal publications recognize Marvin as a leader in his field, including The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance & Transactional Lawyers, The Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert's Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada. He is AV® Peer Review Rated (Very High to Pre-eminent) according to Martindale-Hubbell, its highest level of professional ranking.

Select Experience

  • The independent members of the Board of Directors of Performance Sports Group Ltd. in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Read more
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Limited in connection with its proposed US$28 billion merger with Norfolk Southern Corp. 
  • Canadian counsel to Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, in connection with a $84 billion (implied enterprise value) reorganization and combination of their respective businesses and the separation of their non- property and property businesses into two new Hong Kong-listed companies, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited. The transaction also involved a transfer of approximately 6% percent of the shares of Husky Energy Inc.  

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017,The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Marvin Yontef, repeatedly recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2017, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

    Marvin Yontef, recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions
  • 2016, Best Lawyers in Canada

    Marvin Yontef, recognized as one of Canada's leading securities lawyers

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