Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tax Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier national tax practice with offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver. Highly sought after for its experience in transactional planning, including a high volume of cross-border M&A work. The firm's diverse offering also features impressive capabilities in transfer pricing and commodity tax, as well as tax controversy and litigation. Notable expertise across various industry sectors, including energy, infrastructure and transportation. It is also active in the private equity space.

Strengths Sources enthuse: "The tax consultation services provided by Blakes are comprehensive, timely and of high quality."

One client commends the firm's ability to provide well-balanced advice, commenting: "I think their commercial strength finds its way into the tax group," adding: "The breadth of their view is immense."

Work highlights Advised a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan and Kinder Morgan Canada in connection with the CAD4.5 billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and related expansion project (TMEP) to the Government of Canada.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Trossman enjoys an outstanding reputation as a leader in the field. He offers extensive experience providing strategic tax advice to clients engaged in cross-border M&A transactions, as well as assisting clients in managing tax audits and resolving disputes. Trossman was recently part of the Blakes team advising on CREIT's CAD3.9 billion combination with Choice Properties.

Jeffrey Shafer possesses a broad practice covering both domestic and cross-border income tax law, with a particularly strong emphasis on international transfer pricing, as well as advising on M&A transactions and private equity investments. He recently advised PayPal Holdings on its USD400 million acquisition of HyperWallet Systems.

Kathleen Penny is described by clients as "hard-working, gracious and very solution-orientated." She recently acted for The Broe Group on the sale by its subsidiaries of the Hudson Bay Railway Company, Hudson Bay Port Company and Churchull Marine Tank Farm Company to the Arctic Gateway Group.

Paul Stepak is valued by clients for his tax planning advice in relation to international M&A and funds transactions. Sources say: "He is able to explain very complicated Canadian tax matters in simple terms."

Scott Wilkie is a long-standing name in the Canadian tax community and is particularly well known for his strong expertise concerning international taxation. He is the head of the transfer pricing group at the firm.