Jeffrey C. Trossman
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4290

Jeffrey is the Practice Group Leader for the top-tier Blakes Tax group. He advises a diverse client base on all aspects of income tax planning and tax dispute resolution. He has many years of experience providing strategic tax advice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound investments, and multi-jurisdictional reorganizations involving Canadian and global corporations and investment funds. Jeffrey 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 advisers and governmental officials in the Canadian and international tax communities. He currently serves as chair of the National Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Jeffrey interacts frequently with senior governmental officials in connection with current and proposed tax legislation and administration.

In September 2017, he was recognized by the International Tax Review as the Tax Practice Leader of the Year for the Americas.


Recent representative matters include advice to the following clients:

  • 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


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 Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018

  • The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017

  • Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2017

  • International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders 2015

  • Who's Who Legal 2015

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers 2014

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Blakes Bulletin on International Trade and Tax, January 23, 2017.
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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.
Co-chair: 31st Annual Senior Tax Practitioners' Institute
Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, October 25-27, 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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