As the trend towards global transparency and international coordination among tax authorities accelerates, successful businesses require direct access to tax advisers who understand their businesses and provide responsive, thoughtful and practical advice. Experienced dealmakers know that one of the key features of most successful transactions is increasingly early-stage input of tax counsel.
The national leadership role of the Blakes Tax group is widely recognized by the Canadian and international tax bar. Lawyers in the group have served as active members and chairs of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and have even been invited to testify before the Canadian Senate regarding proposed tax legislation. Members of the group also participate actively as leaders in the International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the tax sections of provincial bar associations and numerous other professional and industry organizations in Canada and abroad. With this longstanding tradition of deep involvement in the profession, Blakes Tax lawyers are constantly “plugged in” to the very latest tax developments, enabling our clients to plan effectively. The group’s tax bulletins provide timely briefings to our clients containing thoughtful commentaries on legislative proposals, major cases and pivotal tax rulings.
Blakes Tax lawyers work seamlessly with other team members to plan and execute a wide variety of transactions. Members of the group have specialized expertise in many practices and industries, including transfer pricing, financial institutions, capital markets transactions, structured finance, investment funds, real estate investment trusts, private equity and natural resources. The Tax group includes lawyers whose practices are dedicated exclusively to commodity taxes (harmonized sales tax and other sales taxes), providing our clients with an unmatched level of expertise. In addition, our Tax Controversy & Litigation lawyers advise and represent our clients in the audit process, administrative appeals, advance pricing agreements, competent authority proceedings and in the courts.
Operating as a unified group in all major markets across Canada, the Blakes Tax group provides exceptionally responsive, thoughtful and practical advice on all aspects of Canadian taxation.