Clients turn to John for his practical and business-oriented advice on all aspects of domestic and international tax planning.
He works closely with leading private and public companies, as well as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms and Crown corporations, on corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. He frequently consults on cross-border transactions, structuring non-resident investment into Canada and outbound investment by Canadian multinationals. John also advises high-net-worth individuals on a wide variety of taxation matters.
In addition to his tax planning practice, John represents taxpayers in tax audit matters and in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial taxation authorities, and acts as counsel in tax litigation matters before the courts.
A frequent speaker at tax conferences and contributor to various tax publications, John is particularly well-regarded for his thought leadership on the tax and legal issues surrounding financial technology and the budding blockchain industry.
New Look Vision Group Inc.
Acting for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $800-million projected sale to NL1 AcquireCo Inc., an entity created by funds managed by FFL Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Dr. H. Doug Barnes Family.
Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp.
Acted for Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp., a leading Canadian virtual care provider, in the sale of all of its issued and outstanding shares to Right-Health Inc., a subsidiary of TELUS Corporation and the owner and operator of the Akira virtual care platform.
Hypertec Infrastructures Inc.
Acted as lead tax counsel for Hypertec Infrastructures Inc. in the sale of its data center and colocation services business to Vantage Data Centers, one of the world's leading hyperscale data center providers.
Aebi Schmidt Holding AG
Acted for Aebi Schmidt Holding AG in its acquisition of Équipements Lourds Papineau Inc., a leading manufacturer of automotive equipment and attachments for snow removal and road maintenance.
Triage Technologies Inc.
Advising Triage Technologies Inc., a Toronto-based and AI-powered digital health company, with its business structure, commercial agreements and equity raise.
Vista Equity Partners
Acted for Vista Equity Partners in its joint investment with TA Associates in Aptean, a leading global provider of mission-critical, industry-specific enterprise software solutions.
BELLUS Health Inc.
Acted as counsel to BELLUS Health Inc. in its US$70-million initial public offering in the United States.
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust
Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in the public offering of its 4.5% Series 11 senior unsecured debentures due May 15, 2024, for the principal amount of $200 million.
Vista Equity Partners III LLC
Acted for Vista Equity Partners in the carve-out sale of the vertical business applications group of its Aptean portfolio companies to a subsidiary of ESW Capital, LLC.
Vista Equity Partners III, LLC
Acted for Vista Equity Partners in the carve-out by its portfolio company, Aptean, Inc., of its public sector and healthcare business and the merger of that business with Superion, LLC, and TriTech Software Systems Inc. to form one of the largest conglomerates focused specifically on state and local governments in North America.
World Law Group, Fall eConference, “Challenges for Infrastructure Projects in the Current Environment”; Webinar
Nov. 03, 2020
Disclosure Rules for Nominee Contracts Come into Force in Québec
Oct. 02, 2020 - Bill 42, An Act to give effect to fiscal measures announced in the Budget Speech delivered on 21 March 2019 and to various other measures was assented to on September 24, 2020, bringing into force the new rules respecting the disclosure of nominee contracts to Revenu Québec (RQ ). The...
Deadlines Under Federal Legislation Temporarily Extended Due to COVID-19
Sept. 24, 2020 - Introduction Parliament passed on July 27, 2020, the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) (Time Limits Act), which we summarized in a previous bulletin. Briefly, the Time Limits Act automatically suspends statutory time limits for federal civil proceedings for six months and...
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...
Canadian Tax Laws: A Review of 2019 and a Look Ahead to 2020
Jan. 30, 2020 - Each year at this time we look back at some of the more significant income tax developments in Canada affecting domestic and international business over the past year and look ahead to possible Canadian tax developments in the coming year. Review of Canadian Tax Developments in 2019 Tax...
Extended Deadline for Québec Nominee Agreement Disclosure
Aug. 22, 2019 - As outlined in our e-communications of May 21, 2019, and August 12, 2019, Québec’s Ministry of Finance has introduced new rules regarding the disclosure of nominee agreements. The new disclosure requirement is relevant to nominee agreements involving one or more parties that are subject to Québec...
Interpreting the Expression “Arrangement or Transaction” in the Principal Purpose Test of the MLI, co-author
June 01, 2019 - International Tax Newsletter, No. 106 (Wolters Kluwer)
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Proposed Amendments to the GST/HST Treatment of Cryptocurrencies
May 27, 2019 - The Department of Finance (Canada) (Finance Canada) has released, for public comment, draft legislative proposals (Draft Proposals) to amend the Excise Tax Act (ETA) in order to address certain issues regarding the treatment of virtual currencies for the purposes of the goods and services...
Québec Announces New and Expanded Measures to Combat Aggressive Tax Planning
May 21, 2019 - Québec’s Ministry of Finance (Finances Québec) recently published Information Bulletin 2019-5 (Bulletin) setting out new and significantly expanded measures to combat aggressive tax planning. These measures (published on May 17, 2019 and alluded to in the Québec budget of March 21, 2019) are the...
2019 Federal Budget: Tax Highlights
Mar. 19, 2019 - Budget 2019 is the last federal budget of the current Liberal government before the upcoming federal election in October 2019. Tax-related measures are intended to advance the government’s stated priority of creating a fair tax system. Proposals include changes to the employee stock option rules,...