John Leopardi
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5030

John practises primarily in the field of income tax planning. He advises on domestic and international corporate taxation in respect of public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, corporate reorganizations, and structuring inbound and outbound investments. John also represents taxpayers throughout tax audits and disputes at all the stages in the Canadian federal and Quebec tax appeal process.

John advises domestic and foreign entities operating in the resource industry, including in respect of public and private financings structured to take advantage of Canadian and Quebec tax resource incentives in the mining area. He also has experience with infrastructure and public-private partnerships projects.

John is fluent in English, French and Italian.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • A private equity fund in its acquisition of a provider of specialty outsourced services to the railway and transit sectors in North America
  • A private equity fund in its acquisition of a major distributor and manufacturer of home fashion products in North America
  • Underwriters on the initial public offering of a REIT

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mining sector in the first cross-border business combination with a NYSE-listed mining company by way of plan of arrangement to occur under the Quebec Business Corporations Act
  • A syndicate of agents in the initial public offering of a limited partnership created for the purpose of investing in shares of resource companies in the oil and gas, mineral and renewable energy sectors
  • A NYSE-listed consumer products company in its acquisitions of a variety of complementary Canadian-based businesses
  • A Canadian-based pension fund in Canadian and foreign real estate investments
  • A large privately held group of technology companies on the disposition of substantially all of their Canadian and foreign assets
  • A large privately held company on its purchase of banner and franchise pharmacy businesses
  • The Government of Quebec in connection with the construction of the new concert hall in the Montréal region

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Canada: Federal Court of Appeal agrees with TDL on scope of Canadian interest deductibility purpose test
International Updates - International Tax Review, April 27, 2016.
Co-author: CRA's 2014-2015 Reports on the Mutual Agreement Procedure and Advance Pricing Arrangement Programs
Blakes on Canadian Tax Controversy & Tax Litigation, Taxnet Pro, September 2015.
Co-author: Government of Québec 2015-2016 Budget: A Balanced Budget and Ambitious Economic Plan
Blakes Update - Tax, March 2015.
Co-author: Tax Court denies interest deduction to TDL Group based on indirect use of borrowed funds
International Tax Review - ITR Correspondent, March 30, 2015.
Co-author: Canada: Recent Treaty Shopping Developments
International Tax Review, November 3, 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Foreign Direct Investment and CETA
The Canada Opportunity Conference, Milan, Italy, March 15, 2017.
Co-speaker: Income Tax Treatment of Transaction Costs
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 8, 2017.
Co-speaker: Le secret de leur succès : étude de cas et étude de style
Coaching d'affaires, Montréal, Québec, March 10, 2016.
Speaker: Primer on Canadian Inbound Taxation Matters Blakes CLE Seminar
Montreal, Quebec, September 1, 2016
Speaker: Recent Cross-Border Tax Developments Blakes TEI Seminar
Montreal, Quebec, June 8, 2016
Speaker: Canada's Thin-Capitalization (Tax) Rules: A Summary of the Basic Rules and Recent Amendments Dealing with Back-to-Back Loans
Blakes CLE Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, August 18, 2015.
Speaker: Thin Capitalization Rules
Symposium on International Taxation, L'Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), North Hatley, Quebec, June 3, 4 and 5, 2015.
Speaker: Foreign Affiliate Dumping
Symposium on International Taxation, L'Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), North Hatley, Quebec, June 3, 4 and 5, 2015.
Panellist: Recent Developments in International Taxation
Symposium on International Taxation, L'Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), North Hatley, Quebec, June 3, 4 and 5, 2015.
Co-speaker: Nuts and Bolts, Some Basic Transactional Tax Concepts
Blakes Montreal CLE, Montreal, Quebec, November 27, 2014.
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