Key Contacts

Bauer Thomas High Resolution Image Thomas A. Bauer
Partner, Co-Head of Tax
T: 416.777.6540
Moch Darcy High Resolution Image Darcy D. Moch
Partner, Co-Head of Tax
T: 403.298.3390
Rautenberg L. High Resolution Image L. Alan Rautenberg
T: 403.298.2067

One of the main goals in a corporate transaction is to maximize profit while minimizing risk. This takes sound tax advice, given the complexities of the Canadian tax system and the range of rules and laws that govern domestic and foreign companies. Bennett Jones' corporate tax practice provides sophisticated tax planning advice and creative, incisive approaches to stewarding tax-efficient transactions and solving tax controversies.

Tax is an essential element in helping clients maximize the return on their investments and operations. With that in mind, our tax lawyers are brought into transactions at the outset, and play a strategic role in the structuring and negotiation of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and all range of business ventures.

Our tax lawyers have a broad range of significant experience on both the Canadian and cross-border aspects of transactions in the resource, manufacturing, financial services, communications, technology, real estate, transportation, power (conventional and alternative) sectors. We advise private equity investors, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds and have been involved in the conversion of income trusts and royalty funds to corporate form.

Our practice includes all aspects of sales tax, GST, anti-dumping and other trade and commodity taxes. This commodity tax expertise is brought to bear both in connection with transactions involving cross-border flows of manufactured goods, financial services and commodities, and in tax controversy work.

As part of our practice we deal with the Canada Revenue Agency and international tax authorities in obtaining advance income tax rulings. We are called upon frequently to advise and provide opinions on proposed changes to both federal and provincial tax legislation and to advise on the handling of tax audits, and litigate tax reassessments. We also advise corporations in connection with stock option and other equity compensation arrangements.

Members of our group are active participants and leaders in tax organizations such as the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society. Many of our lawyers are recognized as leading practitioners in the area of corporate taxation by Lexpert, Euromoney's guides to the world's leading lawyers and Chambers Global:The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Select Experience

  • Total Energy, in connection with its unsolicited takeover of Savanna Energy Services Corp. Read more
  • Statoil ASA, in connection with the sale of its Alberta oilsands assets to Athabasca Oil Corporation for the consideration of $435 million cash, 100 million common shares and contingent value payments triggered at oil prices above US$65/bbl WTI. Read more
  • Acal PLC, a UK-based company and a leading international supplier of customised electronics to industry, in connection with its acquisition of Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of custom toroidal transformers for transportation, medical and industrial applications.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Tax

    "They are very responsive and very knowledgeable. They lead us without taking over - they take leadership of the files and have respect and understanding of how to balance tax with the business."
  • 2017, Chambers Global

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Tax
  • 201, The Legal 500: Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Tax

    "comparable to the major Bay Street firms" "always willing to go above and beyond"

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