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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 Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Tax Law)

  • ITR World Tax 2024 (Highly Regarded – Indirect Tax)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Tax)

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

  • ITR Americas Tax Awards 2023 (Shortlisted: Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year – North America)

Professional Activities

Zvi is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, and an active member of the International Trade Section.

Zvi is also a member of the GST Leaders Forum and the Ontario Bar Association. He also serves on the Tax Committee of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Tax Executives Institute Toronto Chapter
    Legal Day 2020 (online event), Toronto Ontario, October, 21, 2020.

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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