Jeffrey Shafer
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3187

Jeffrey practises in all areas of Canadian domestic and cross-border income tax law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, international transfer pricing, private equity investment, domestic and international corporate and trust reorganizations, and the taxation of various investment vehicles. His practice also includes acting for taxpayers at all levels in the tax appeals process.


Jeffrey's recent work includes advising:

  • DP World on its US$3.7-billion joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to create an investment platform focused on investing in terminals globally

  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in Telus International

  • Superior Plus on its purchase of an option from Gibson Energy ULC to acquire the retail propane business of Canwest Propane

  • Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd. on its purchase of Accucaps Industries Ltd. from Apotex Holdings Inc.

  • Bell on its proposed C$670-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and subsequent sale of a 50 per cent interest in Glentel Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Transamerica/Aegon on the C$600-million sale of its business in Canada to Wilton Re/CPPIB

  • 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 REIT

  • Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of technology companies including Sony, Microsoft and Ericsson in the US$4.5-billion purchase at auction of Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6,000 patents

  • Several different multinational clients in connection with transfer pricing dispute matters, including competent authority requests and advance pricing arrangements


Jeffrey has been recognized as a leading tax practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Tax)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2018-2020 (Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2017-2020 (Tax)

  • International Tax Review’s World Tax 2019 – Highly Regarded (Tax Controversy)

  • Legal Media Group's Rising Stars 2016

  • International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders - 2015-2017