Anu Nijhawan has extensive experience advising on the income tax aspects of corporate and partnership reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, and resource taxation issues. Her practice encompasses all aspects of income tax issues related to international structures for Canadian-based multinational corporations, on investments by non-residents in Canada, and on structuring cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, financings, and derivative transactions. In addition, a significant component of Anu’s tax practice is devoted to structuring tax-effective employee and executive compensation programs, including cross-border and domestic stock option plans, phantom unit plans and employee stock purchase trusts.
Anu is recognized as a leading corporate tax lawyer in national and international publications, including Lexpert, International Tax Review, and Lexology Client Choice Awards.
Anu joined Bennett Jones after having served as law clerk to Justices Hollinrake and Saunders of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Anu has authored numerous articles and presents regularly at several tax seminars and conferences on a variety of tax planning topics, including "Permissible Loss Trading", "Corporate Combinations" and "Topical Issues in Equity-Based Employee Compensation".
Anu serves on the Board of Governors and is Chair of the Conferences Committee of the Canadian Tax Foundation. She also serves on Council for the Canadian branch of the International Fiscal Association and has been selected as the Canadian Reporter on "Anti-avoidance Measures" for IFA's 2018 Congress. She is involved with a variety of charitable and community organizations and currently serves on the grants committee of Education Matters, a charitable trust funding innovative enhancement programs in Calgary public schools.