Jeffrey C. Trossman
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4290

Jeffrey serves as Senior Counsel in the top-tier Blakes Tax group, having previously led the group as National Practice Group Leader for over 15 years. He provides strategic tax advice on domestic and cross-border transactions and also assists clients in managing tax audits and resolving tax disputes at all levels in the audit and appeal process.

Jeffrey is widely known and respected by advisors and governmental officials in the Canadian and international tax communities. He is the immediate past chair of the National Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association and immediate past co-chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is also a member of the Fiscal & Tax Competitiveness Council of the C.D. Howe Institute, an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the editor of the publication Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy.

Jeffrey interacts frequently with senior governmental officials in connection with current and proposed tax legislation and administration.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advice to the following clients:

  • Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation in connection with their substantial issuer bid share buy-backs and the structuring of tenders into such share buy-backs by Power Financial Corporation and IGM Financial Inc.

  • Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT) on its C$3.9-billion combination with Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. in its acquisition of Atoka Cranberries Inc. from The Bieler Group

  • Washington Companies in connection with its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation, and related debt financing

  • Element Financial Corporation on its "butterfly" spin-out transaction by way of plan of arrangement pursuant to which Element separated into two new public companies: Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN) and ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN)

  • Sagard Holdings on the US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group Ltd.

  • IGM Financial Inc.'s subsidiary Mackenzie Investments on its acquisition of a 13.9 per cent interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. for C$647-million

  • TransCanada Corporation in respect of its C$4.4-billion offering of subscription receipts, the largest bought deal in Canadian history

  • UnitedHealth Group on its subsidiary OptumRx's US$12.8-billion combination with Catamaran Corporation

  • H&R REIT on frequent public offerings of debt and equity securities and on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail REIT

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

In 2017, Jeff was recognized by the International Tax Review as the Tax Practice Leader of the Year for the Americas. He is also recognized as a leading tax practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Tax)

  • WWL: Thought Leaders – Corporate Tax 2020 (Advisory & Controversy)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Tax Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2020

  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019 (Advisory and Controversy)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019

PUBLICATIONS
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-chair: 33rd Annual Senior Tax Practitioners' Institute
Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, October 23-25, 2019.
Speaker: What You Missed While You Were Away: Summer 2019
CBA/CPA Canada Joint Committee Update, OBA Taxation Law Program, Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2019.
Chair: Cross-Border Financing including Anti-Hybrid Rules
2019 Lex Mundi Tax Practice Group Global Meeting, Athens, Greece, June 2-3, 2019.
Speaker: Interest Deductibility
The Canadian Bar Association, 2019 Tax Law for Lawyers Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 26-31, 2019.
Co-chair: 32nd Annual Senior Tax Practitioners' Institute
Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, October 24-26, 2018.
Speaker: What You Missed While You Were Away: Summer 2018
CBA/CPA Canada Joint Committee Update, OBA Taxation Law Program, Toronto, Ontario, September 12, 2018.
Speaker: United States Tax Reform and the North American Response Thereto
2018 Lex Mundi Tax Practice Group Global Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, June 3-4, 2018.
Speaker: Interest Deductibility
The Canadian Bar Association 2018 Tax Law for Lawyers Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 27 – June 1, 2018.
Speaker: Tax Planning with CCPC's – Future of CCPC Taxation Seminar
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2017.
Chair: Concurrent Session
Canadian Tax Foundation 69th Annual Tax Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 20, 2017.
Speaker: Canadian Corporate Tax Update Legislative Developments – New Provisions, New Challenges
72nd TEI Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 24, 2017.
Speaker: What You Missed While You Were Away: Summer 2017 Tax Developments Ontario Bar Association
Tax Law Section Toronto, Ontario, September 28, 2017
Speaker: Policy Conference on Tax Planning Using Private Corporations: Analysis and Discussion with Finance: Taxation of Investment Income
Canadian Tax Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario, September 25, 2017.
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