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Jeffrey Shafer

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Jeffrey's recent work includes advising:

  • L Catterton on its minority equity investment in FYidoctors

  • Nasdaq on its US$2.75-billion acquisition of Verafin, Canada's largest software transaction since 2007

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc, Canada's largest rural-focused broadband service provider

  • Centerbridge Capital Partners in its acquisition of Walmart Canada Bank

  • L Catterton Management Company LLC in its significant strategic investment in Dental Corporation of Canada Holdings, Inc., the largest network of general and specialist dental clinics in Canada

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisitions of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and asset management firm Greystone Capital Management

  • DP World on its US$3.7-billion joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to create an investment platform focused on investing in terminals globally

  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its acquisition of a 35% stake in Telus International

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

  • Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd. on its purchase of Accucaps Industries Ltd. from Apotex Holdings Inc.

  • Bell on its proposed C$670-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and subsequent sale of a 50% interest in Glentel Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Transamerica/Aegon on the C$600-million sale of its business in Canada to Wilton Re/CPPIB

  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited on its sale to Scotiabank of a 20% interest in its financial services business for C$500-million

  • H&R REIT on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris REIT

  • Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of technology companies including Sony, Microsoft and Ericsson, in the US$4.5-billion purchase at auction of Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6,000 patents

  • Several different multinational clients in connection with transfer pricing dispute matters, including competent authority requests and advance pricing arrangements

Awards & Recognition

Jeffrey has been recognized as a leading tax practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Corporate Tax)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2020–2021 (Tax)

  • World Tax/International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders 2021

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2020–2021 (Tax Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2017–2021 (Tax Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Corporate Tax Law)

  • International Tax Review’s World Tax 2019 – Highly Regarded (Tax Controversy)

  • Legal Media Group's Rising Stars 2016

  • International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders – 2015–2017

Professional Activities

Jeffrey was an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 2010 to 2014. He speaks and writes regularly about Canadian domestic and cross-border income tax issues.

Jeffrey is a member of the International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2006
JD, University of Toronto – 2005
BASc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo – 2002

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