Jason Arbuck

Jason Arbuck
Telephone: 416 860 6889
Fax: 416 644 9364

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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“What makes him stand out is his out-of-the-box expertise. He works alongside international hotel clients to help them figure out how they'll transact in Canada. He's really good on the regulations as well as the transactions."
Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

Jason Arbuck* is a partner in the Financial Services Group, the Private Equity Group and the Hospitality and Tourism Group. His practice is devoted to commercial and asset-based lending transactions, banking, and structured finance transactions.

Jason has worked extensively in both the mining and hospitality industries on a variety of unsecured and senior secured debt facilities (including acquisition and project finance). Jason acts regularly for lenders and borrowers on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Jason is a director and Vice President of the Canadian Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), a member of the American Bar Association and a director of the Association for Commercial Finance Attorneys in the United States, and he speaks regularly within these associations. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to cross-border transactions. He also has expertise in cash management and related banking services and regularly provides advice in this area to major Canadian banks.

Jason began his legal career at Cassels Brock in 1997. He left Cassels Brock for a short period to gain in-house experience which included employment at the head office of a major Canadian financial institution and a TSX listed high-tech firm.

Jason is a graduate of the LL.B/MBA Joint Degree Program offered at the Schulich School of Business and York's Osgoode Hall Law School. He received both degrees in 1997. Jason also has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from the University of Western Ontario. During his undergrad years, he completed the first two Society of Actuaries professional examinations.

In addition to practising law, Jason has an interest in speaking and education. He has appeared on BNN's SqueezePlay, speaks regularly at industry events, and has guest lectured at the Schulich School of Business. He has also lectured at many continuing education seminars, including Ontario Bar Association seminars and US based continuing legal education seminars. He is an avid sailor and devoted father to two young girls.

Jason sits on the board of directors of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, the JD/MBA Alumni Association for Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND) and the Osgoode Hall Alumni Association.  He is also an active member of the Toronto Opinions Group (TOROG) and the Personal Property Security Legislation subcommittee of the Ontario Bar Association (PPSL).

Jason's representative work includes:

  • Acting for True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust  in amending its $45 million credit facility with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • Acting for Global Resource Fund, as senior secured lender to Jaguar Mining Inc. in connection with Jaguar’s proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the conversion of $268 million unsecured bond debt to equity
  • Acting for Starwood Capital Group, in connection with its acquisition of 5 Westin hotel properties across Canada
  • Acting for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in respect of the securitization of a $500 million portfolio of automobile receivables
  • Acting for Solutions 2 GO Inc. in connection with its $175 million syndicated senior revolving credit facility with Bank of America, N.A. as sole lead arranger
  • Acting for the Cash Store Financial in respect of its offering of $132.5 million of Senior Secured Notes
  • Acting for Starlight in respect of the financing relating to its $2.3 billion acquisition of TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Acting in respect of Gibralt Capital’s acquisition of Skyservice Airlines
  • Acting in respect of Global Resource Fund’s bridge loan to Tamerlane Ventures Inc.
  • Acting for Goldcorp Inc. in connection with its secured financing arrangements connected to the sale of the San Dimas gold-silver mine in Mexico to Primero Mining Corp.
  • Acting for Hotel 550 Wellington LP in its development and acquisition of the Thompson Hotel Toronto

Client Commentary

  • “A prominent figure in the hospitality space.” – Chambers Canada (Hospitality)
  • “What makes him stand out is his out-of-the-box expertise. He works alongside international hotel clients to help them figure out how they'll transact in Canada. He's really good on the regulations as well as the transactions." – Chambers Canada (Hospitality)

*denotes Professional Corporation


Osgoode Hall/Schulich School of Business, LL.B./MBA, 1997

Western University, B.Sc. (Mathematics and Statistics), 1993

Recent Work

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Jason Arbuck and Jonathan Sherman Speaking at the Hotel Association of Canada’s National Conference

Proud Sponsor of CHIC 2018: Featuring Expert Insights from Jason Arbuck, Kristin Taylor and Jonathan Sherman

Call to the bar

Ontario, 1999


  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Commercial Finance Attorneys (Board Member)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Commercial Finance Association (Vice President and Board Member of the Canadian Chapter)
  • Ontario Bar Association (member of the PPSL subcommittee)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association (Board Member)
  • Toronto Opinions Group (TOROG)


  • Chambers Canada (Hospitality)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016-2019 (Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing; Asset-Based Lending)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017-2020 (Banking and Finance Law; Asset-Based Lending)
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Banking & Finance)


Asset-Based Lending
Energy: Renewable & Clean Technology
Financial Services
Hospitality & Tourism
Lending & Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Project Finance
Securitization & Structured Finance