OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

"Top-tier national tax practice with offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver. Highly sought after for its experience in transactional planning, including a high volume of M&A activity, much of it cross-border. Also known for its diversity of practice, with impressive capabilities in transfer pricing and commodity tax issues, as well as tax controversy ."

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

 

As the trend towards global transparency and international co-ordination among tax authorities accelerates, successful businesses require direct access to tax advisers who understand their businesses and provide responsive, thoughtful and practical advice. Experienced deal-makers know that one of the key features of most successful transactions is increasingly early-stage input of tax counsel.

The national leadership role of the Blakes Tax group is widely recognized by the Canadian and international tax bar. Lawyers in the group have served as active members and chairs of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and have even been invited to testify before the Canadian Senate regarding proposed tax legislation. Members of the group also participate actively as leaders in the International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the tax sections of provincial bar associations and numerous other professional and industry organizations in Canada and abroad. With this longstanding tradition of deep involvement in the profession, Blakes Tax lawyers are constantly “plugged in” to the very latest tax developments, enabling our clients to plan effectively. The group’s tax bulletins provide timely briefings to our clients containing thoughtful commentaries on legislative proposals, major cases and pivotal tax rulings.

Blakes Tax lawyers work seamlessly with other team members to plan and execute a wide variety of transactions. Members of the group have specialized expertise in many practices and industries, including transfer pricing, financial institutions, capital markets transactions, structured finance, investment funds, real estate investment trusts, private equity and natural resources. The Tax group includes lawyers whose practices are dedicated exclusively to commodity taxes (harmonized sales tax and other sales taxes), providing our clients with an unmatched level of expertise. In addition, our Tax Controversy & Litigation lawyers advise and represent our clients in the audit process, administrative appeals, advance pricing agreements, competent authority proceedings and in the courts.

Operating as a unified group in all major markets across Canada, the Blakes Tax group provides exceptionally responsive, thoughtful and practical advice on all aspects of Canadian taxation.


Representative Matters

  • Wells Fargo & Company on its C$32-billion proposed acquisition of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance and Vendor Finance Businesses.
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its purchase of all of the shares of Canadian Oil Sands Limited valued at C$6.6-billion.
  • UnitedHealth Group on its subsidiary OptumRx’s US$12.8-billion combination with Catamaran Corporation.
  • TransCanada Corporation on its C$4.2-billion offering of subscription receipts in connection with the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., the largest bought deal in Canadian history.
  • Aegon Canada ULC on the sale of its Canadian operations for C$600-million to Wilton Re Holdings, a subsidiary of CCPIB.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the C$1.83-billion initial public offering of common shares of Hydro One Limited, the largest Canadian IPO since 2000.
  • Johnson Electric Holdings Limited on its C$800-million acquisition of Stackpole International.
  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$505-million acquisition of CanElson Drilling Inc.
  • BCE Inc. on its C$594-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and sale of 50 per cent of Glentel to Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Standard Life plc on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion.
  • KUFPEC Canada Inc. on its acquisition of Chevron Canada Limited’s 30 per cent interest in its Duvernay shale pay for US$1.5-billion.
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited on its sale to Scotiabank of a 20 per cent interest in its financial services business for C$500-million.
  • H&R REIT on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail REIT and subsequent sale of 18 Primaris properties for C$1.28-billion.
  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. on its defence of a hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold which resulted in a
    C$796-million acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla Mining Company.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of the Blakes Tax group are consistently recognized as leaders in their field in the latest editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked in Band 1.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked in Band 1.
  • International Tax Review’s World Tax – Ranked in Tier 1 for Canada.
  • International Tax Review's World Transfer Pricing – Ranked in Tier 1.
  • International Tax Review’s North America Tax Directors Poll – Ranked in the top tier for both Transactional and Tax Planning categories.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • The  Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada – Ranked in Tier 1.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • International Tax Review’s Women in Tax Leaders
  • International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders
  • International Tax Review’s Indirect Tax Leaders
  • Legalease Ltd.’s Tax Directors Handbook – Ranked in Tier 1.
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law
  • Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best
  • Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best Top 30 – Transfer Pricing Advisors in the World
  • Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Who's Who Legal

The Blakes Tax group has also received the following awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 – “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Tax Law.
  • International Tax Review's Americas Tax Awards 2016 – The Blakes Tax group has been awarded “Americas Energy Tax Deal of the Year” for work on the TransCanada/Columbia Pipeline Group transaction. Since the inception of the awards, Blakes has been awarded “Canada Tax Firm of the Year” six times, “Canada Tax Court Firm of the Year” two times and “North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year” two times.
     
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9775
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2994
Areas of Expertise: Tax
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9656
Areas of Expertise: Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Intellectual Property, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Oil & Gas, IP Litigation, Construction
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4172
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pension Fund Investment, Executive Compensation, Tax
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9715
Areas of Expertise: Pension Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4294
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2367
Areas of Expertise: Tax Controversy & Litigation
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3326
Areas of Expertise: Tax Controversy & Litigation, Tax
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2633
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Pension Fund Investment, Pension Litigation, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5277
Areas of Expertise: Tax
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5034
Areas of Expertise: Tax
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9779
Areas of Expertise: Tax, LNG
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3888
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pension Fund Investment, Executive Compensation, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5025
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Africa, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5849
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Class Actions, Privacy, Freedom of Information, Media & Defamation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Customs & Import Controls, Infrastructure, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Public-Private Partnerships, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2968
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Retirement & Savings Products, Executive Compensation, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3305
Areas of Expertise: Tax
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9725
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Cannabis, Environmental, Aboriginal
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4278
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Investment Products & Asset Management
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4180
Areas of Expertise: Tax
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Customs & Import Controls, Sanctions & Export Controls, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
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