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Jeffrey Citron

Partner

jcitron@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4256
Fax:   416.979.1234

Jeff Citron is a partner working in the Banking and Finance Law Group, the Hospitality Law Group and the Entertainment and Sports Law Group of Goodmans LLP. His multi-faceted practice focuses primarily on the areas of corporate lending and credit restructurings, as well as on hospitality and sports law matters.

In over 30 years of practice, Jeff has developed extensive experience in a broad range of legal matters, including complex domestic and international secured lending and corporate finance transactions, high-yield note offerings, mergers and acquisitions and debt restructuring transactions. Clients represented in the Banking and Finance area have included The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Fortress Credit Corp., Morneau Shepell, Clairvest Group, Masonite International Corporation and Cineplex Inc.

Jeff’s practice also includes extensive experience representing owners and operators of hotels and resorts with the acquisition, financing, operation and management of hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Jeff’s work includes complex negotiations in hotel management agreements, hotel restaurant license agreements and financing agreements with financial institutions involved in financing the development and operation of these properties.

Recent client representation includes:

  • The Ad Hoc Committee of senior secured noteholders in Canada in the Essar Steel Algoma Inc. restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) and the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited, a Canadian-based joint venture between prominent businessman and philanthropist Larry Tanenbaum O.C., and Junior Bridgeman, a former National Basketball Association player, renowned entrepreneur and owner of Kansas City-based Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, in financing its acquisition of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Company from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Leadon Investment’s $716 million post acquisition financing of the SilverBirch Hotel Portfolio;
  • Auberge Hotels and Resorts in connection with the preparation and negotiation of management agreements for the Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection; Solage, Castiloga, Auberge Resorts Collection; Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection; Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection; as well as residential properties in operated by Auberge in various resort destinations.

From 1995 to 2000, Jeff took leave from Goodmans to act as full-time associate counsel to the National Hockey League Players’ Association and was lead NHLPA counsel in drafting the 1995 collective bargaining agreement. In addition, Jeff acted as lead NHLPA representative on the Investment Committee of the NHL Players’ Pension Plan, as well as chairman and secretary of the board of trustees for the NHL Players’ Pension Plan from 1999-2001. Jeff returned to Goodmans in 2000, and has continued to practice in the sports law area as part of his multi-faceted practice, advising both current and former athletes and their representatives.

Jeff has been recognized as a leading banking and finance lawyer by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers, IFLR 1000, Chambers Global and by The Best Lawyers in Canada. Jeff is also recognized by Who's Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment as one of Canada’s leading sports lawyers.

Jeff graduated with honours from the University of Toronto Law School in 1985 where he achieved first place standing in business law, administrative law and public law courses in his graduating class, and he joined Goodmans LLP directly out of law school.

Jeff has been published in the National Banking Law Review, the University of British Columbia Law Review and in various sports publications on issues involving the business of sports. Jeff has been a frequent guest lecturer in the area of collective bargaining in sports and the business of sports at the University of Toronto Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School.
 

Education University of Toronto (J.D. (Dean's Honour List), 1985)
Osgoode Hall Law School - Certificate in Gaming Law, 2017
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association

Year of Call

1987 Ontario