Baker McKenzie

Tax Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for High-profile multinational law firm with strong tax capabilities in Canada. Particularly respected for its international co-ordination and handling of cross-border mandates. Provides counsel on various contentious matters, including controversies, as well as tax planning and transactions. Advises a broad range of clients including manufacturers and technology companies.

Strengths Sources report: "The team is extremely effective. Although they have very strong litigation skills they are generally able to resolve disputes without the need for litigation," adding: "The lawyers are very well placed and skilled in expediting the resolution of tax disputes."

One source commented: "The firm's international capabilities and co-ordination is excellent. The firm has always been able to connect me quickly with the expertise required in any jurisdiction in which I have required support. The expertise is always local, efficient and highly knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented Express Gold Refining in its judicial application to the Federal Court of Canada seeking to compel the Canada Revenue Agency to release the client's harmonised sales tax refund.

Notable practitioners


Jacques Bernier
is a highly regarded tax litigator with experience in cross-border controversies. Sources comment: "He has the ability to grasp complex tax matters and communicate them to both tax and non-tax practitioners. His service level and interest in his clients is extremely high."