Summary

Regardless of the size of your business, BLG’s Corporate Tax Group can help guide you through your company’s most complex taxation issues. With tax professionals operating in five offices across Canada, we act as a cohesive group to provide our clients in public and private corporations, financial institutions, trust companies, mutual funds, pension funds, owner-operated businesses and foreign enterprises with comprehensive tax expertise.

Our Corporate Tax Group works closely with other professionals at our full-service firm, in areas including commercial, financial, real estate, labour, litigation, corporate and wealth management matters, to provide you with the best corporate tax services available. Our specific services include:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, and demergers and divestitures
  • Reorganizations and restructurings, and corporate loss utilization strategies
  • Structured financing transactions, derivative products and mutual fund and pension fund planning
  • Taxation of e-commerce transactions and tax matters relating to the high tech industry
  • Employee compensation arrangements
  • Partnerships, joint ventures and trusts

Our team has experience with domestic and international transactions, and some group members have served in government and private industry tax departments. We are active in numerous professional organizations including the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association. We regularly make submissions to government on tax laws, and write and lecture on taxation matters.

Publications

Representative Work

  • Health Care REIT, Inc. in is $1 billion acquisition of HealthLease Properties REIT.
  • Globalive Capital in its $300 million acquisition of WIND mobile by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Lumina Copper Corp. in its $470 million acquisition of First Quantum Minerals by way of plan of arrangement.
  • China Oil and Gas Group Limited in its $235.6 million acquisition of Baccalieu Energy Inc. by way of acquisition of shares.
  • Western Energy Services Corp. in a series of acquisitions from 2010 to 2014 aggregating to $806.8 million.
  • Northland Power Inc. in its $3.2 billion financing of its 60% stake in Project Gemini
  • JLL Partners, Inc. in its $1.98 billion acquisition of Patheon Inc. by way of plan of arrangement.
  • North American Energy Partners Inc. in its $320 million acquisition of its piling division by Keller Group Plc.
  • Strides Arcolab Limited in its $1.75 billion sale of its Agila injectables business to Mylan Inc.
  • Husky Energy Inc. in its issuance of US$750 million of unsecured notes in a public offering.
  • Northland Power Inc. in North Battleford Power L.P.’s $667.3 million private placement offering of bonds.
  • Manulife Asset Management Limited’s Manulife Floating Rate Senior Loan Fund $283.35 million initial public offering.
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Canada Housing Trust No.1 in the offering of over $19.5 billion of mortgage backed securities from 2006 to 2014 bringing the cumulative total to approximately $275 billion.
  • Dominion Diamond Corporation in its $680 million acquisition of all diamond mining assets of BHP Billiton Canada and its affiliates in respect to the Ekati Diamond Mine by way of acquisition of shares.
  • Celtic Exploration Ltd. in its $3.2 billion acquisition of ExxonMobil by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Health Care REIT in its $1.35 billion acquisition of a 75% interest in 47 seniors housing facilities owned by Revera Inc.
  • Eldorado Gold Corporation in its $2.5 billion acquisition of European Goldfields Limited, by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Pan American Silver Corporation in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Minefinders Corporation Limited, by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Bonterra Energy Corp. in connection with the approximate $1.4 billion combined arrangement with Spartan Oil Corp.
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in connection with IAMGOLD Corporation’s $650 million private placement of senior unsecured notes.
  • Acuity Funds Ltd. in connection with its $339 million acquisition by AGF Management Limited, by way of acquisition of shares.
  • KOGAS Canada Ltd. in connection with a $565 million farmout agreement with EnCana Corporation regarding 50 per cent of EnCana’s working interest in certain British Columbia natural gas properties.
  • Investors and their listed and non-listed corporations on tax efficient structures to make their inbound investments in Canada.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Corporate Tax Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2018 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2017 edition of The Legal 500: Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of International Tax Review's World Tax.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Global –The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Corporate Lawyers.
  • The 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada.
  • The 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.