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Jeffrey C. Trossman

Jeffrey C. Trossman
Jeffrey C. Trossman Senior Counsel | Toronto
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Recent representative matters include advice to the following clients:

  • Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation in connection with their substantial issuer bid share buy-backs and the structuring of tenders into such share buy-backs by Power Financial Corporation and IGM Financial Inc.

  • Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT) on its C$3.9-billion combination with Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. in its acquisition of Atoka Cranberries Inc. from The Bieler Group

  • Washington Companies in connection with its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation, and related debt financing

  • Element Financial Corporation on its "butterfly" spin-out transaction by way of plan of arrangement pursuant to which Element separated into two new public companies: Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN) and ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN)

  • Sagard Holdings on the US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group Ltd.

  • IGM Financial Inc.'s subsidiary Mackenzie Investments on its acquisition of a 13.9% interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. for C$647-million

  • TransCanada Corporation in respect of its C$4.4-billion offering of subscription receipts, the largest bought deal in Canadian history

  • UnitedHealth Group on its subsidiary OptumRx's US$12.8-billion combination with Catamaran Corporation

  • H&R REIT on frequent public offerings of debt and equity securities and on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail REIT

Awards & Recognition

In 2017, Jeff was recognized by the International Tax Review as the Tax Practice Leader of the Year for the Americas. He is also recognized as a leading tax practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Tax)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2022–2023 (Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Tax Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2022 (Corporate Tax)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate Tax)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Tax)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2022 (Corporate Tax – Advisory)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Corporate Tax)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global 2021 (Corporate Tax – Advisory and Corporate Tax – Controversy)

Professional Activities

Jeffrey previously served as chair of the National Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is also co-chair of the Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness Council of the C.D. Howe Institute, an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the editor of the publication Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy. Jeffrey has a served as a member of the Research Committee of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Planning Committees for the Canadian Tax Foundation's September 2017 Policy Conference on Taxation of Private Corporations and the November 2017 Annual Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Since 2015, he has co-chaired the Senior Tax Practitioner's Institute, an invitation-only meeting of the leading senior tax practitioners in Canada, held annually in Cambridge, Ontario.

Jeffrey writes and speaks frequently in numerous venues, including the Canadian Tax Foundation, the International Fiscal Association, the American Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the International Tax Review.

  • Author: Proposals for Business Tax Reform
    Canadian Tax Foundation, Leading Tax Thought, 2020, October 27, 2020.
  • Author: Higher or Lower? Perspectives on Corporate Tax Levels in Canada
    Canadian Tax Foundation, Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2020.
  • Author: Tax Certainty: Recent Trends and Suggested Reforms
    Canadian Tax Foundation, Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2020.
Professional Appearances
  • Co-chair: 35th Annual Senior Tax Practitioners' Institute
    Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, October 27-28, 2022.
  • Speaker: Translating Model Rules: Scope & Computation
    Canadian Tax Foundation, Pillar Two Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario, July 27, 2022.
  • Chair: 2022 Lex Mundi Tax Practice Group Global Meeting
    Milan, Italy, June 19-20, 2022.
  • Co-chair: 34th Annual Senior Tax Practitioners' Institute
    Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, October 28-29, 2021.
  • Speaker: Anti-Avoidance Symposium
    Canadian Tax Foundation, GAAR Symposium (on-line), Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2021.
  • Speaker: Corporate Tax Avoidance – Key Principles and Practice Issues
    Faculty of Law – University of Toronto, Special Lecture on Tax Policy (on-line), Toronto, Ontario, February 4, 2021.
  • Speaker: Proposals for Business Tax Reform
    Canadian Tax Foundation, Leading Tax Thought (on-line), Toronto, Ontario, October 27, 2020.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Trudeau open to discussions after Yellen calls for global minimum corporate tax rate
    Article by Bill Curry, Globe and Mail, April 6, 2021.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1991
LLB, University of Toronto – 1989
MA, University of Toronto – 1984
BA, University of Toronto – 1983

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