Jason Kroft is a senior corporate lawyer in the firm’s structured finance and securitization practice. Jason is an experienced lawyer working with business to meet their needs with a specialized experience in finance, structured and alternative finance, securitization, derivatives and financial products and services.
Jason helps businesses structure, document, implement and close important deals of all sizes. Jason achieves successful outcomes for his valued business clients based on his years of experience, professional judgment, attention to detail and commitment to service.
For well over 20 years, Jason has served his business clients with practical, timely and effective counsel and support. His practice covers a broad range of advisory and transactional matters in the corporate-commercial law area with a focus on corporate and structured finance matters. These matters include financial products, structured finance, energy, commodity and mining products and transactions, public and private asset securitization, banking and secured finance including project finance and covering a range of exchange-traded and over the counter derivative products and other financial products. Jason is at the cutting edge of innovative and creative financings for businesses and assets of all types and sizes and specializes in complex and novel business transactions.
Jason has served as an Adjunct Professor and lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and other law conferences and faculties in the fields of ESG, climate change, financing and financial products, negotiation and business enterprises. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, an active member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. For over 20 years, Jason has developed and administered one of Canada’s oldest pro bono business law clinics.
Jason has written and spoken on various topics related to corporate finance and business law, including business enterprises, energy, emissions trading and climate change matters including renewable energy products and transactions, mine financing, asset securitization, structured finance, derivative products, mediation and negotiation theory.
Prior to joining Miller Thomson, Jason spent over 23 years as a lawyer (and over 16 years as partner) at another national law firm. Jason led teams to deliver legal advice and solutions on some of the most sophisticated business transactions for banks and other financial institutions and financial intermediaries, investment banks and securities dealers, investment and hedge funds, pension funds and their administrators, governmental and quasi-governmental entities including sovereign wealth funds, industrial companies, mining ventures, trustees, custodians, agents and rating agencies, among others.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 as a leading lawyer in Asset Securitization and Derivative Instruments
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Derivatives
- The 2021 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in Derivative Instruments
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 as a leading lawyer in Asset Securitization and Derivative Instruments
- The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in Derivative Instruments
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 in Banking & Finance, Corporate, Derivatives, Energy, Project Finance, and Structured Finance
- Lexpert’s Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2015
- Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a “Corporate Lawyer to Watch”
- Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, 2011
- Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure, September 2020, as a leading lawyer
- Lexpert Special Edition: Technology, May 2020, as a leading lawyer
- Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers, October 2017
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1999
- New York Bar, 2000
- LL.M, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2003
- LL.B (with distinction), University of Western Ontario, 1997
- B.A. (magna cum laude), Tufts University, 1994
- Jason completed his articles as a law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
- Jason completed a six-month secondment with a multi-national business firm focusing on cross-border business transactions and a four-month secondment at a Canadian Schedule I bank.