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.


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

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Co-author: Canada: Québec Sales Tax Amendments Targeting Digital Supplies
International Tax Review, August 24, 2018.
Co-author: Canada: Sweeping changes proposed to voluntary disclosure programme
International Tax Review, October 2017.
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.
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Speaker: Recent Quebec Cases and "Digital Tax" QST Proposal
TEI Seminar for Tax, Tax Executives Institute Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 31, 2018.
Speaker: CSE Talks: Blockchain in the Capital Markets
Canadian Securities Exchange, St. James Club of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, May 24, 2018.
Co-speaker: Dealing with Tax Officials: A Primer on Canadian Income Tax Administration
Enforcement and Appeals, Blakes CLE Seminar, October 26, 2017.
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
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