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Zvi Halpern-Shavim

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Recent representative matters include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its C$330-million agreement to acquire Visual Compliance

  • Superior Plus on its purchase from Gibson Energy ULC of an option to acquire the retail propane business of Canwest Propane and associated divestiture

Financial Services

  • Scotiabank on the establishment of its joint venture with Cineplex, Canada's largest movie theatre chain, and Empire, one of Canada's largest grocery retailers, and the launch and expansion of the Scene+ national loyalty program

  • Global Payments Inc. on its acquisition of the merchant acquiring business and portfolio of 40,000 merchants of Desjardins Group

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc.

Real Property

  • JCF Capital ULC in connection with its acquisition of the former Trump Tower, Toronto, a mixed hotel/residential condominium, and the sale of the hotel portion to InnVest Hotels

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. in relation to the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of various solar and wind power projects


  • A private equity firm in connection with its acquisition and continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada


  • Various P3 Project Cos and Project Owners in connection with GST/HST in contractual negotiations, assessments and refunds for public infrastructure and similar projects

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Tax)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Indirect Tax – Spotlight Table)

  • International Tax Review's World Tax 2023 (Highly Regarded)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Tax Law)

  • Shortlisted for the North America Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year in 2020

Professional Activities

Zvi is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, and is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association. He is also an active member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association Tax Committee.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Tax Executives Institute Toronto Chapter
    Legal Day 2020 (online event), Toronto Ontario, October, 21, 2020.
  • Co-presenter: Income and Commodity Tax Considerations for the Sharing Economy
    Conference Report 2016, Report of Proceedings of the Sixty-Eighth Tax Conference, Ch. 35, pp. 1-26, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2017.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2010
JD, University of Toronto Faculty of Law – 2009
MA (Political Theory), Boston College – 2006
BSc (Physics and Literary Studies), University of Toronto – 2004
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