Soraya Jamal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3305

Soraya advises on domestic and international corporate taxation matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, complex reorganizations, debt and equity financings, divestitures and debt restructurings. She also has experience in cross-border transactions and intra-group restructurings.

As part of her practice, Soraya advises public and private business entities, including corporations, trusts, partnerships and joint ventures.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some of Soraya's recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Trilogy International Partners on a US$875-million business combination with Alignvest Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC)
  • Quadra Mining Ltd. on its merger with FNX Mining Company to form a US$3.5-billion copper company
  • CGA Mining Limited on its C$1.1-billion acquisition by B2Gold Corporation
  • BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Canada's largest for-profit education organization in the restructuring of its business
  • Catalyst Paper Corporation in the restructuring of its approximately C$840-million in senior debt
  • Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with its acquisition of Carfinco Financial Group Inc.'s Canadian business for approximately $298 million by way of plan of arrangement.

  • Active Network in connection with its acquisition of IPICO Inc.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Soraya has been recognized as a leading tax lawyer - International Tax Review: Women in Tax Leaders. She has also received numerous awards, including the Canadian Tax Foundation - Bert Wolfe Nitikman Foundation Award.

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Current Cases
2017 British Columbia Tax Conference & Live Webcast, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2017.
Co-author: Canadian 2017 Budget Provides Update on BEPS
International Tax Review, April 26, 2017.
Co-author: Canadian Voluntary Disclosure Programme Rises in Popularity
International Tax Review, March 9, 2016.
Co-author: Update on Proposed Amendments to Subsection 55(2)
Corporate Structures and Groups, Corporate Tax Planning Journal, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Federated Press, 2015.
Co-author: Welcome Withholding Relief for Foreign Employers with Frequent Business Travelers to Canada
International Tax Review, May 27, 2015.
Co-author: Canadian 2014 Budget: A Focus on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
International Tax Review, 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Chair: Current Issues
2017 British Columbia Tax Conference & Live Webcast, Canadian Tax Foundation, September 19, 2017.
Speaker: Current Cases
2017 British Columbia Tax Conference & Live Webcast, Canadian Tax Foundation, September 18, 2017.
Presenter: Corporate Taxation Update
Developments in Taxation: Welcome to the New Age, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., May 26, 2017.
Presenter: What You Need to Know About Inter-Company Dividends and 55(2)
Blakes Business Class Seminar, February 17, 2017.
Chair: Panel on Inbound Investments, and Small Business Deductions/Dealing with Professional Corporations
British Columbia Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation, September 19, 2016.
Presenter: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Tax
Tax Executives Institute Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 9, 2016.
Presenter: Corporate Distributions
BC Continuing Legal Education course "Tax Issues for Commercial Practitioners 2015", November 27, 2015.
Chair: Panel on US-Citizen Canadian Trusts, Issues Around Renouncing US Citizenship, and When Intercorporate Dividends Are Not Tax-Free, Including Changes to Subsection 55(2) in the Federal Budget 2015
British Columbia Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation, September 28, 2015.
Presenter: You Asked, We Answer: Dealing with Corporate Income Tax Matters
Blakes Seminar, September 22, 2015.
Presenter: Taxation of Cross-Border Transactions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Blakes Seminar, September 16, 2015.
Presenter: Tax Update
Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia, Richmond South Delta Chapter, March 17, 2015.
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