Steve Suarez  

Partner

Executive Summary

Steve Suarez is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He works exclusively in the income tax area, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, inbound & outbound investment, corporate restructurings and audit management and tax dispute resolution, with particular focus on the natural resources sector. He writes and speaks frequently on taxation matters and is active in numerous Canadian and international tax organizations. He created and maintains www.miningtaxcanada.com, a website devoted to taxation issues of relevance to the mining community, and is on the Taxation Committee of the Mining Association of Canada. Steve is the National Co-Chair of BLG's Latin America Desk.

Representative Work

  • HollyFrontier Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. from Suncor Energy
  • Health Care REIT in connection with its $1-billion acquisition of HealthLease Properties REIT
  • Ridley Inc. in its acquisition by way of plan of arrangement by Alltech, Inc.
  • Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. in connection with its going private transaction by way of plan of arrangement involving Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • The DOW Chemical Company in connection with the sale of its ownership interest in MEGlobal to EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C. (EQUATE).
  • JLL Partners in connection with its acquisition of Patheon Inc. and concurrent combination with Royal DSM
  • Agents (co-led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc.) in the offering of senior unsecured debentures, Series G of Cameco Corporation
  • George Weston Limited in connection with its issuance of senior unsecured notes
  • Dominion Diamond Corporation (formerly Harry Winston Diamond Corporation) in connection with its acquisition of the Ekati diamond mine from BHP Billiton Canada Inc.
  • Parrish & Heimbecker Limited in its acquisitions of Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd., Thirdcoast Limited and Dover Industries Limited
  • Softchoice Corporation in connection with its going private transaction by way of plan of arrangement involving Birch Hill Equity Partners
  • North American Energy Partners Inc. in connection with the sale of its piling division to Keller Group Plc
  • Eldorado Gold Corporation in its acquisition of European Goldfields Limited
  • London Stock Exchange Group PLC in its proposed merger of equals with TMX Group Inc.
  • Inco Limited on its proposed merger with Phelps Dodge Corporation and subsequent acquisition by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
  • Placer Dome Inc. in the unsolicited offer by Barrick Gold Corporation and resulting negotiated merger
  • BCE Inc. in the formation of Bell Globemedia with The Thomson Corporation and The Woodbridge Company Limited
  • Adolph Coors Company on its merger with Molson Inc.
  • Walter Energy, Inc. in its acquisition of Western Coal Corp.
  • The Seagram Company Ltd. in its acquisition by Vivendi
  • Magna International in the going private transactions of its publicly traded subsidiaries, Tesma, Decoma and Intier Automotive, and in its spin-out of MI Developments Ltd.
  • CanWest Global Communications Corp. in its acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Inc.

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tax).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Tax).​
  • Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2017 edition (and since 2015) of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • ​Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (the Lexpert/ALM 500) (Corporate Tax).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Tax Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Legal 500 Canada (2017, 2016: Tax; 2015: Corporate Tax).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tax).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Tax).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Corporate Tax).
  • Recognized in 2015 edition of The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Highly recommended in the 2015 edition of The Tax Directors Handbook - The essential guide to the world's premier tax law firms.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.