At Fogler, Rubinoff, we believe that making a difference begins with trust. Experience and sound judgment earn it. Client relationships are built on it. Results keep it.

Matthew B. Norris



Matt is a Partner in the Business Law Group.  Matt's practice focuses on assisting businesses on broad range of corporate, commercial and business matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing transactions and corporate structuring and restructurings. In addition to his transactional practice, Matt regularly advises a wide range of clients, from start-ups to institutional clients, on day to day corporate and commercial matters impacting their business.  Matt helps business owners with all aspects of their shareholder and partnership arrangements, including buy/sell arrangements and succession planning.  
Matt often works with entrepreneurial clients in helping them establish, grow, operate and organize their businesses.


APRIL 13 2018

Congratulations to our Lawyers Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

We are is pleased to announce that several of our lawyers have been named as leaders in their field in The 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and the firm itself has been ranked in Property Leasing and Property Development as a consistently recommended firm.

Fogler, Rubinoff lawyers named in the directory include:

Jack D. Coop – Environmental, Repeatedly Recommended

Steven A. Cygelfarb –  Property Leasing, Consistently Recommended

Michael B. Fraleigh –  Medical Negligence, Repeatedly Recommended

Bill Hearn – Advertising & Marketing Law, Consistently Recommended

Martin L. Middlestadt – Property Leasing, Repeatedly Recommended

Kenneth W. Movat –  Construction Law, Repeatedly Recommended

Matthew Norris – M&A, Lawyers to Watch

Colleen Spring Zimmerman –  Intellectual Property, Repeatedly Recommended

Michael S. Wolfish –  Property Leasing, Consistently Recommended

About the Lexpert Rankings

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory is an annual ranking of Canadian lawyers in over 60 practice areas, based on peer review surveys plus personal interviews with senior members of the profession. Details of the Lexpert survey process and ranking criteria can be viewed online at The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

AUGUST 31 2017

Congratulations to Matthew Norris for being selected as a Finalist in Lexpert's Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition

The Rising Stars competition showcases Canadian lawyers that have an outstanding track record of success with complex transactions, contributed to their communities and profession and demonstrated leadership within their law departments.  Finalists were also selected for being team players, who demonstrated business acumen and adaptability to change.

JUNE 13 2016

Matthew Norris is featured by Profit BusinessCast discussing the six legal matters you should tackle at start-up.

Business Law Partner, Matthew Norris speaks with PROFIT BusinessCast about the legal matters start-ups need to consider to safeguard their assets and be successful down the road.

Click here to listen to the podcast titled Six Legal Matters You Should Tackle at Start-up. (iTunes is required to listen to the audio)


Representative Work


Land Development and Assembly Project

  • counsel for complex Toronto-based land assembly and development

Acquisition of Value-Add Reseller

  • Counsel on acquisition of large technology value -add reseller

Formation of Private REIT

  • Counsel for vendor and investor of Private Real Estate REIT

Neo Material Technologies Inc.

Counsel to Neo Material Technologies Inc. in the negotiation and completion of its $1.3 billion sale to Molycorp, Inc. effected by way of Plan of Arrangement

Sports Franchise

Counsel to a group of investors in connection with obtaining a sports franchise in Canada

Business based in India

Counsel to a Canadian client with respect to its investment in, and start up of, a business based in India

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Counsel to RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust on its corporate and tax restructuring to qualify commencing for the 2011 taxation year as a REIT under the Canadian income tax legislation

Leading Canadian Horticulture Business

Counsel on sale of leading Canadian horticulture business

Neo Material Technologies Inc.

Counsel to Neo Material Technologies Inc. in respect of its acquisition of Recapture Metals Limited

Leading Ontario-based Masonry and Landscaping Products Manufacturer

Counsel to leading Ontario-based masonry and landscaping products manufacturer in respect of the refinancing of its senior and subordinated credit facilities

Neo Material Technologies Inc.

Counsel to Neo Material Technologies Inc. in respect of the refinancing of its senior credit facilities

Highground Capital Corp.

Counsel to Highground Capital Corp. in respect of its $23 million business combination with Algonquin Power Income Fund

Counsel Corporation

Counsel to Counsel Corporation in respect of the sale of its LTC portfolio to Macquarie and Leisureworld Senior Care

Acquisition of Large Canadian Horticulture Business

Counsel on acquisition of large Canadian horticulture business, the bridge acquisition financing in connection therewith, and the senior and subordinated debt financing of the business

"Lexpert" Big Deals - Fogler, Rubinoff Represents OSEG

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP represented OSEG on certain matters (including the acquisition of the Ottawa 67's, dealings with the Canadian Football League and the Ontario Hockey League and other matters relating to the sports teams)

Speaking Engagements

  • Equity-Based Incentive Plans for Employees; April 2016; Entrepreneurs' Organization Toronto
  • Term Sheets and Offerings, May 2016; Get Investment Ready, Keiretsu Central Canada Forum
  • Equity-Based Incentive Plans for Employees, April 2016; Entrepreneurs' Organization Toronto
  • Conducting Effective Corporate Due Diligence, November 2011; Osgoode CLE Speaker

Awards & Distinctions

  • The 2018 Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, recognized as a Lawyer to Watch in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Selected as a Finalist in Lexpert’s 2017 Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition
  • McCarthy Tétrault prize for academic standing, 2006
  • Shibley Righton prize in taxation law, 2005
  • Bereskin & Parr prize in trademarks law, 2005


  • Admitted to Bar, 2007
  • Osgood Hall Law School, L.L.B., 2006
  • Institution Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Hons), 2006

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