Andrew Ellis

Partner

Andrew Ellis

Andrew Ellis

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2013

A resourceful and client-focused practitioner, Andrew acts for Canadian and international clients on a wide range of tax matters.

Andrew advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, corporate finance, partnerships, and trusts and estates. He has offered guidance on disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial taxation authorities. Andrew has worked with clients in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, real estate, airlines, resources and mining.

Andrew teaches the tax component of the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Andrew Ellis

Partner

A resourceful and client-focused practitioner, Andrew acts for Canadian and international clients on a wide range of tax matters.

Andrew advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, corporate finance, partnerships, and trusts and estates. He has offered guidance on disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial taxation authorities. Andrew has worked with clients in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, real estate, airlines, resources and mining.

Andrew teaches the tax component of the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions at Osgoode Hall Law School.

SEMAFO Inc.

Acting as counsel to SEMAFO Inc. in its US$2.1-billion business combination with Endeavour Mining Corporation by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in its acquisition (and related bank financing) of Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent bandwidth infrastructure provider serving the enterprise, carrier and multi-dwelling unit markets in Toronto and Montréal over its owned fibre network.

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acted as Canadian counsel for FCF Co., Ltd. in its US$928-million acquisition of all the assets of Clover Leaf Foods and Bumble Bee Foods, North America's largest branded shelf-stable seafood companies, under a sale proceeding conducted under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

Apotex International Inc.

Acted as lead transaction and tax counsel to Apotex Inc. and ApoPharma USA Inc. on the sale of the ApoPharma business, including the global rights to Deferiprone, an iron chelator used to treat iron overload conditions resulting from blood transfusions, to Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Apotex International Inc.

Acted as tax counsel to Apotex International Inc. in the merger of its Australian and New Zealand generic pharmaceutical and over-the-counter operations with Arrow Pharmaceuticals, the Australian operating business of Strides Ltd., creating Australia's largest generic pharmaceutical and private label OTC business, Arrotex Australia Group.

Apotex Holdings Inc.

Acted as tax counsel to Apotex Holdings Inc. in connection with the sale of Accucaps Industries Limited, a developer and manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceutical softgels, to Catalent Pharma Solutions.

Square, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Square, Inc. in its acquisition of Dessa, a Toronto-based company building machine learning applications that address significant real-world challenges for all types of businesses.

McKesson Canada

Acted for McKesson Canada in its acquisition of Well.ca, an online retailer of health, wellness, baby and beauty products.

Forest Resources LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings LLC and Forest Resources LLC in connection with the sale of their Canadian operations, consisting of CanAmPac, Boehmer Box, and Strathcona Paper, to Rosmar Litho, a subsidiary of PaperWorks.

Schlumberger Limited

Acted for Schlumberger Limited in connection with its $205-million purchase of the XSR Coiled Tubing Services division of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

Viking Air Limited

Acted for Viking Air Limited in connection with its acquisition of the worldwide amphibious aircraft (CL-415 waterbomber) program from Bombardier, including the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of the waterbomber aircraft, and the after-market product support business.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Thermogenics Inc., an industrial manufacturer of coil-tube steam, hot-water boilers and related equipment.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Alliance Corporation, a distributor and manufacturer of products and solutions for North American wireless, broadband, broadcast and wireline networks.

The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc.

Acted for The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, in the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Sierra Systems Group, Inc., to NTT DATA Services, a Texas-based recognized leader in global technology services.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of H&A eDiscovery, a leading Canadian eDiscovery and litigation support firm.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of Bruneau Group, Inc., a prominent bilingual Canadian settlement administrator.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of Garden City Group from Crawford & Company.

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Acted for Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's leading rural broadband provider, in its acquisition of Silo Wireless Inc., a rural provider operating in southwestern Ontario and headquartered in Brantford, Ontario.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with its successful acquisition by plan of arrangement of TSX-V listed company Soltoro Ltd. for total consideration of approximately $32 million, consisting of shares of Agnico Eagle, cash and shares of a newly-formed SpinCo. As a result of the transaction, Agnico Eagle acquired the exploration projects held by Soltoro in Jalisco State, Mexico, including the El Rayo silver-gold project.

Bulletin

2018 Federal Budget: Tax Highlights

Feb. 27, 2018 - As anticipated, today’s federal budget (Budget 2018) focuses on a few targeted areas, including the taxation of passive investments made by private corporations, and does not contain any measures in response to the enactment of tax reform in the United States or relating to the OECD BEPS initiative....

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Education

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, In-Depth Tax Course
University of Western Ontario, JD, 2012
University of Toronto, BA, 2007

Teaching Engagements

Andrew is a lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching the tax component of the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions.

A resourceful and client-focused practitioner, Andrew acts for Canadian and international clients on a wide range of tax matters.

Andrew advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, corporate finance, partnerships, and trusts and estates. He has offered guidance on disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial taxation authorities. Andrew has worked with clients in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, real estate, airlines, resources and mining.

Andrew teaches the tax component of the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions at Osgoode Hall Law School.

SEMAFO Inc.

Acting as counsel to SEMAFO Inc. in its US$2.1-billion business combination with Endeavour Mining Corporation by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in its acquisition (and related bank financing) of Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent bandwidth infrastructure provider serving the enterprise, carrier and multi-dwelling unit markets in Toronto and Montréal over its owned fibre network.

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acted as Canadian counsel for FCF Co., Ltd. in its US$928-million acquisition of all the assets of Clover Leaf Foods and Bumble Bee Foods, North America's largest branded shelf-stable seafood companies, under a sale proceeding conducted under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

Apotex International Inc.

Acted as lead transaction and tax counsel to Apotex Inc. and ApoPharma USA Inc. on the sale of the ApoPharma business, including the global rights to Deferiprone, an iron chelator used to treat iron overload conditions resulting from blood transfusions, to Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Apotex International Inc.

Acted as tax counsel to Apotex International Inc. in the merger of its Australian and New Zealand generic pharmaceutical and over-the-counter operations with Arrow Pharmaceuticals, the Australian operating business of Strides Ltd., creating Australia's largest generic pharmaceutical and private label OTC business, Arrotex Australia Group.

Apotex Holdings Inc.

Acted as tax counsel to Apotex Holdings Inc. in connection with the sale of Accucaps Industries Limited, a developer and manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceutical softgels, to Catalent Pharma Solutions.

Square, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Square, Inc. in its acquisition of Dessa, a Toronto-based company building machine learning applications that address significant real-world challenges for all types of businesses.

McKesson Canada

Acted for McKesson Canada in its acquisition of Well.ca, an online retailer of health, wellness, baby and beauty products.

Forest Resources LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings LLC and Forest Resources LLC in connection with the sale of their Canadian operations, consisting of CanAmPac, Boehmer Box, and Strathcona Paper, to Rosmar Litho, a subsidiary of PaperWorks.

Schlumberger Limited

Acted for Schlumberger Limited in connection with its $205-million purchase of the XSR Coiled Tubing Services division of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

Viking Air Limited

Acted for Viking Air Limited in connection with its acquisition of the worldwide amphibious aircraft (CL-415 waterbomber) program from Bombardier, including the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of the waterbomber aircraft, and the after-market product support business.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Thermogenics Inc., an industrial manufacturer of coil-tube steam, hot-water boilers and related equipment.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Alliance Corporation, a distributor and manufacturer of products and solutions for North American wireless, broadband, broadcast and wireline networks.

The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc.

Acted for The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, in the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Sierra Systems Group, Inc., to NTT DATA Services, a Texas-based recognized leader in global technology services.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of H&A eDiscovery, a leading Canadian eDiscovery and litigation support firm.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of Bruneau Group, Inc., a prominent bilingual Canadian settlement administrator.

Epiq Systems, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of Garden City Group from Crawford & Company.

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Acted for Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's leading rural broadband provider, in its acquisition of Silo Wireless Inc., a rural provider operating in southwestern Ontario and headquartered in Brantford, Ontario.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with its successful acquisition by plan of arrangement of TSX-V listed company Soltoro Ltd. for total consideration of approximately $32 million, consisting of shares of Agnico Eagle, cash and shares of a newly-formed SpinCo. As a result of the transaction, Agnico Eagle acquired the exploration projects held by Soltoro in Jalisco State, Mexico, including the El Rayo silver-gold project.

Bulletin

2018 Federal Budget: Tax Highlights

Feb. 27, 2018 - As anticipated, today’s federal budget (Budget 2018) focuses on a few targeted areas, including the taxation of passive investments made by private corporations, and does not contain any measures in response to the enactment of tax reform in the United States or relating to the OECD BEPS initiative....

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Education

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, In-Depth Tax Course
University of Western Ontario, JD, 2012
University of Toronto, BA, 2007

Teaching Engagements

Andrew is a lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching the tax component of the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions.