Jon Northup


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Jon Northup is a partner in the Tax Group and a member of the Executive Committee at Goodmans.  Jon’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and investment funds, with a particular expertise in structuring cross-border transactions. He provides clients with dynamic, strategic and practical tax advice, frequently developing innovative structures and planning to address complex transactions and structuring challenges.

Jon is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Aging/Healthcare (including Seniors Housing) practice group and Chair of SenbridGe, a division of Goodmans that provides specialized advisory, education and networking programs to the healthcare and ageing sector.

Jon is recognized as a leading practitioner of tax law by Chambers Global who describe him as “indispensable” and comment that he is lauded by clients as an “exceptional deal and tax structuring attorney.” He attracts strong reviews from commentators, who say: “He is wonderful - very thoughtful, thorough, responsive, and he really understands our business.” Jon is also recognized as a leading corporate tax lawyer by Chambers CanadaThe Legal 500 Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, World Tax, and featured in the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A. Lexpert named Jon one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers” in 2006 and one of the “20 Corporate Lawyers to Watch” in 2007.

Featured Work

Jon’s representative work includes acting for:

Jon has extensive experience advising issuers and investment dealers on the structuring and taxation of public offerings, including offerings by REITs, investment trusts and similar yield-oriented issuers. He advised RioCan REIT on the first offering of preferred units by a Canadian trust and advised BSR REIT, NexPoint Hospitality Trust, Invesque Inc., WPT Industrial REIT, Milestone Apartments REIT, Agellan Commercial REIT and HealthLease Properties REIT on their cross-border IPOs. 


Professional Involvement

Jon speaks frequently in both Canada and the United States on topics related to going public in Canada and the tax efficient structuring of income securities.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Nareit