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About Elena

Elena provides advisory, planning and dispute resolution services in all areas of sales and commodity tax, including GST/HST, provincial sales tax (PST), QST, land transfer tax, excise taxes, and carbon levies. Her practice also involves advising clients on the structuring of import/export arrangements, customs duties, valuation methodology and tariff classification.

Elena is dedicated to providing practical advice in varying sectors including real estate, e-commerce, natural resources, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, financial services, and non-profit organizations. Clients seek her expertise when establishing operations in Canada and to help navigate the complexities of indirect tax, minimize risks and reduce tax costs.

Elena also regularly represents clients in audits, objections and voluntary disclosures with the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the provincial tax authorities, and in appeals to the Tax Court of Canada.

Select Experience

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Northview Fund in its C$742-million acquisition of three multi-family portfolios with properties in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec

  • The appliance business purchaser in the cross-border Chapter 11/CCAA recognition proceedings of Instant Brands Group (retail)

  • The purchaser in the cross-border Chapter 11/CCAA recognition proceedings of David's Bridal (retail)

  • A large multinational recover over C$4-million in tax paid in error

  • A real estate developer in reducing a proposed GST/HST assessment by C$1.5-million

Awards & Recognition

Elena is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • ITR World Tax 2024 (Notable Practitioner – Indirect Tax)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Corporate Tax)

Professional Activities

Elena is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section), the Ontario Bar Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association.

Professional Appearances
  • Presenter : Canadian Sales Tax on Digital Sales
    Ontario Bar Association Legal Conference: Cross Borders, Toronto Ontario, May 4, 2023.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2007
JD, Osgoode Hall Law School – 2006
BSc (High Distinction, Life Sciences), University of Toronto – 2003

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