Tax law has been a key focus of our firm since its foundation. Our tax lawyers have played a leading role in many of the most significant and innovative Canadian and cross-border business transactions. Our experience means that we are often called upon to provide tax advice on transactions in which our firm is not otherwise involved. With our integrated Canadian and U.S. tax practice, we are especially well positioned to assist our clients in achieving their North American tax planning objectives. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide creative and unified Canadian and U.S. tax advice, particularly where the two tax systems do not easily align.
The 32 members of our taxation department in Toronto, Montréal and New York work closely with the lawyers in the firm's other practice areas to provide timely, innovative and practical Canadian and U.S. tax advice on a wide range of commercial matters. Our integrated team approach provides highly effective, business-oriented solutions to complicated Canadian and U.S. tax issues including:
- Corporate and international tax planning;
- Mergers and acquisitions;
- Commercial real estate;
- Financings and derivatives;
- Investment funds;
- Transfer pricing;
- Tax dispute resolution/litigation;
- Personal tax planning and executive compensation arrangements;
- Sales tax.
In addition to our leading tax planning practice, we provide expert advice and counsel on all aspects of dispute resolution and tax litigation from the commencement of an audit by the tax authorities through representation before every level of court.
We have extensive experience providing tax advice and solutions on complex domestic and international transactions of all types, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and restructurings, financings, capital markets transactions and other transactions for clients in a broad range of industries, including financial services, real estate, manufacturing, telecommunications, publishing, technology, pharmaceuticals, mining and other natural resources, infrastructure and retailing. We also provide sophisticated personal tax planning to high net worth individuals and families.
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory place Davies Toronto and Montréal at the centre of their bull’s eyes for corporate transactions, relative to firm size, a category that includes our Tax practice
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business — Tax (Band 1 firm)
Tax Directors Handbook—Tax (Tier 1)
The Law Firm Tax 100 – Tax Directors Handbook—Tax
International Tax Review’s World Tax: The Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Firms—Taxation (Tier 1 – Canada)
International Tax Review’s World Tax: The Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Firms—Taxation (New York, U.S.A)
The Legal 500: Canada—Tax (Tier 1 firm)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
- Corporate Tax: Toronto and Montréal
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- Corporate Tax: Toronto (Most Frequently Recommended firm)
- Corporate Tax: Montréal
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Taxation Law
Who's Who Legal: Canada—Corporate Tax
Our partners are leaders in the national and international tax community, playing important roles in organizations such as the Canadian Tax Foundation, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Joint CICA/CBA Committee on Taxation and the International Fiscal Association. Our lawyers are widely published and are frequent speakers and lecturers at conferences and universities.