Élisabeth’s practice is focused on litigation and the settlement of tax disputes before tax authorities and the courts.
She works on files that raise a wide range of domestic and international issues – namely, cross-border taxation, indirect taxes, trusts, valuation of businesses and real estate property, the general anti-avoidance rule and tax credits. She has acted for clients, appealing tax assessments before the Tax Court of Canada and the Court of Québec, in matters of judicial review before the Federal Court and the Superior Court of Québec, and before several other trial and appellate courts.
Clients turn to Élisabeth for her tenacious and detail-oriented approach to finding solutions to their litigation matters.
NDT Global Corporate
Acted as Canadian tax counsel to Ireland-headquartered NDT Global, a leading supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and data analysis, on its sale to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec/Novacap-backed Eddyfi Technologies, a Québec-based innovative private test & measurement technology group focused on non-destructive testing (NDT).
Acted for a minority stockholder of a private company in a buyout of the majority stockholder of that company by way of a cross-border acquisition of all the assets of that company through both equity and debt financing from a private equity firm and an institutional lender.
J.G. Guy Simard et al.
Acted for Colonel J.G. Guy Simard (retired) and other taxpayers who participated in the "Synergy Program", a program designed to provide funding for start-up businesses, in their dispute before the Tax Court of Canada with the Canada Revenue Agency over the deductibility of related losses. The appeals served as de facto representative cases for approximately 4000 other taxpayers who contested potentially over two hundred million dollars in tax deductions.
Canadian Government’s Proposed Extension of Time Limits Due to COVID-19
May 27, 2020 - As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance recently published a draft legislative proposal, the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) (Proposal), that, if implemented, would provide for an automatic six-month suspension of time...
Super Priority or Super Powers? FCA Rules That CRA Can Collect Unremitted GST on Proceeds of Third-Party Secured Interest
May 20, 2020 - In The Toronto-Dominion Bank v Queen (2020 FCA 80), the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) confirmed a Federal Court (FC) decision and ruled that a secured creditor had a statutory obligation to pay the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for a tax debt of an arm’s-length borrower because the secured...
A Penalty Under GAAR Will Cause Ineligibility for Public Contracts in Québec
Mar. 23, 2020 - The Act mainly to establish the Centre d'acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec (Act) was assented to on February 21, 2020, by the National Assembly of Québec. The Act incorporates new provisions in the government procurement rules to combat abusive tax...
Invesco Case: Rebate for GST Paid in Error or Notice of Objection?, co-author
Nov. 14, 2019 - The Lawyer’s Daily
Download this article.
Invesco Case: Funding Services Not Subject to GST/HST, co-author
Nov. 08, 2019 - The Lawyer’s Daily
Download this article.
Federal Court of Appeal Says Funding Services Not Subject to GST/HST
Oct. 04, 2019 - In SLFI Group v Canada (2019 FCA 217), the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) overturned a Tax Court of Canada (TCC) decision and ruled that a group of Canadian mutual funds (Funds) was not required to self-assess GST/HST on funding services provided by a U.S. entity, because these services...
Tax Fraud Charges: Jordan Stay of Proceedings Ordered Due to Unreasonable Delay
Sept. 04, 2019 - In a recent decision, the Court of Québec (Court) held that section 11b of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees that any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time, had been infringed.1 It ordered a stay of proceedings in...
CRA’s Audit Powers Have Limits: Challenging Excessive Requests for Information
June 25, 2019 - In three recent decisions, the courts have curtailed the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) broad interpretation of its audit powers and, in so doing, have armed taxpayers with the legal means to push back against excessive or unreasonable requests for information (RFIs) by the CRA. First, in...
The CRA Cannot Compel Oral Interviews During an Audit
Apr. 10, 2019 - In Minister of National Revenue v Cameco Corporation, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) dismissed the Minister of National Revenue’s appeal and held that the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) audit powers under the Income Tax Act (ITA) do not extend to compelling taxpayers to be...
Federal Court’s Decision in Atlas Tube Canada ULC: Beware, Tax Due Diligence Reports May Not Be Privileged
Nov. 27, 2018 - In Canada (National Revenue) v Atlas Tube Canada ULC, the Federal Court (FC) held that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), in the course of an ongoing audit, was entitled to a draft tax due diligence report (Report) prepared by the accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY). The Report was...