Sharon Ford

Partner

Sharon Ford

Sharon Ford

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2012

Corporate tax planning is an important focus of Sharon’s broad tax practice.

Meticulous and detailed-oriented, Sharon assists clients on the tax aspects of their acquisitions and reorganizations. She regularly works on corporate finance, international tax planning and tax dispute resolution.

Before joining Davies, Sharon practised with a leading national law firm. As an articling student, she clerked for judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Sharon Ford

Partner

Corporate tax planning is an important focus of Sharon’s broad tax practice.

Meticulous and detailed-oriented, Sharon assists clients on the tax aspects of their acquisitions and reorganizations. She regularly works on corporate finance, international tax planning and tax dispute resolution.

Before joining Davies, Sharon practised with a leading national law firm. As an articling student, she clerked for judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its sale of TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions, to an affiliate of HelpSystems Holdings, Inc.

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure Ltd.

Acted as tax counsel to Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure Ltd. in its acquisition of USA Rail, an operator of short-line rail terminals in Louisiana and Texas.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acting for Northleaf Capital Partners in its strategic sale of a non-controlling interest to Mackenzie Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc., and Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Fine Capital Partners LP

Advised Fine Capital Partners LP, acting as investment manager for certain funds, in its financing of up to approximately US$18.5-million in exchangeable secured debentures issued by a newly formed subsidiary of WildBrain Ltd., a Canadian media production, distribution and broadcasting company.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $289-million bought deal equity offering of 4.3 million stapled units.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its inaugural $500-million green bond offering of senior unsecured debentures.

New Gold Inc.

Acted for New Gold Inc. in its sale of the Blackwater Project in British Columbia to Artemis Gold Inc. for $210-million and an 8% gold stream.

Hostess Brands, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Hostess Brands Inc. in its $425-million acquisition of Voortman Cookies Limited from Swander Pace Capital.

InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

Acted for InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. in the formation of US$1.2-billion InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund II, an infrastructure fund focused on investments in North America, with limited partners from Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $294-million bought deal equity offering of 4.6 million stapled units.

Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Acted for U.S.-based Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. in its acquisition of Viscor Inc., Canada's largest independent lighting manufacturer.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $231-million bought deal equity offering of 3.7 million stapled units.

AirBoss of America Corp.

Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. to form a new defense business, AirBoss Defense Group, through the merger of its AirBoss Defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Québec, with privately owned, U.S.-based Critical Solutions International, Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately US$132.7 million.

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Acted for Canada's leading banks and insurance companies to form the Canadian Business Growth Fund, an independent evergreen fund with a national mandate to provide long-term patient, minority capital to entrepreneurs pursuing growth and expansion strategies.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its acquisition of a majority stake in TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its majority equity investment in the GAL group of companies, a leading North American designer, manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems.

Birch Hill Equity Partners

Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in its acquisition of CCM Hockey from Adidas.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian tax counsel to Restaurant Brands International Inc., owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons, in connection with its US$1.8-billion acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., an Atlanta-based chicken chain.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of a US$1.4-billion Northleaf global private credit program and Northleaf's related acquisition, through a new Northleaf-managed investment fund, of a 16% equity stake in Antares Holdings from CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank in connection with Centerra Gold Inc.'s $195-million public offering of subscription receipts. The proceeds of the offering were used to partially finance Centerra's $1.1 billion purchase of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

Raymond James Ltd.

Acted for Raymond James Ltd. in connection with its acquisition of 3Macs (MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc.), creating Canada's leading independent investment dealer.

ISE Inc.

Acted for ISE Inc., a major supplier of ergonomic office and workstation products, in connection with the sale of its business to Workrite Ergonomics, LLC, a division of Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co., a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners.

Bulletin

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...

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Tax Issues for Distressed Corporations

Apr. 08, 2020 - The restrictions on social and commercial activity necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unprecedented economic strain. Although governments have enacted equally unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimuli, businesses will be affected and some will need to restructure debts or take...

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Canadian Tax and Other Measures Implemented in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 - Starting on March 18, 2020, the Canadian government has announced a series of emergency measures intended to help stabilize the economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include tax and economic measures aimed at providing financial support for individuals and businesses, and alleviating...

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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,...

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2017 Federal Budget: Tax Highlights

Mar. 22, 2017 - The Liberal government’s second budget (Budget 2017) comes during a period of exceptional global political and economic uncertainty. Of particular importance from a Canadian economic and tax policy perspective is the uncertainty about how the Trump administration’s agenda will unfold in the coming...

Bulletin

Canadian and U.S. Tax Laws: A Review of 2016 and a Look Ahead to 2017

Jan. 13, 2017 - The year 2016 was eventful from a Canadian tax perspective, with the current Liberal government introducing its first federal budget and important judicial developments that included two decisions in tax cases by the Supreme Court of Canada. Conversely, while U.S. tax developments in 2016 were...

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2012

Education

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, In-Depth Tax Course
Queen’s University, JD, 2011
McMaster University, BSc (Medical & Health Physics), 2007

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Tax Foundation

Corporate tax planning is an important focus of Sharon’s broad tax practice.

Meticulous and detailed-oriented, Sharon assists clients on the tax aspects of their acquisitions and reorganizations. She regularly works on corporate finance, international tax planning and tax dispute resolution.

Before joining Davies, Sharon practised with a leading national law firm. As an articling student, she clerked for judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its sale of TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions, to an affiliate of HelpSystems Holdings, Inc.

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure Ltd.

Acted as tax counsel to Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure Ltd. in its acquisition of USA Rail, an operator of short-line rail terminals in Louisiana and Texas.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acting for Northleaf Capital Partners in its strategic sale of a non-controlling interest to Mackenzie Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc., and Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Fine Capital Partners LP

Advised Fine Capital Partners LP, acting as investment manager for certain funds, in its financing of up to approximately US$18.5-million in exchangeable secured debentures issued by a newly formed subsidiary of WildBrain Ltd., a Canadian media production, distribution and broadcasting company.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $289-million bought deal equity offering of 4.3 million stapled units.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its inaugural $500-million green bond offering of senior unsecured debentures.

New Gold Inc.

Acted for New Gold Inc. in its sale of the Blackwater Project in British Columbia to Artemis Gold Inc. for $210-million and an 8% gold stream.

Hostess Brands, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Hostess Brands Inc. in its $425-million acquisition of Voortman Cookies Limited from Swander Pace Capital.

InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

Acted for InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. in the formation of US$1.2-billion InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund II, an infrastructure fund focused on investments in North America, with limited partners from Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $294-million bought deal equity offering of 4.6 million stapled units.

Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Acted for U.S.-based Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. in its acquisition of Viscor Inc., Canada's largest independent lighting manufacturer.

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted as tax counsel to Granite REIT in its $231-million bought deal equity offering of 3.7 million stapled units.

AirBoss of America Corp.

Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. to form a new defense business, AirBoss Defense Group, through the merger of its AirBoss Defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Québec, with privately owned, U.S.-based Critical Solutions International, Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately US$132.7 million.

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Acted for Canada's leading banks and insurance companies to form the Canadian Business Growth Fund, an independent evergreen fund with a national mandate to provide long-term patient, minority capital to entrepreneurs pursuing growth and expansion strategies.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its acquisition of a majority stake in TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its majority equity investment in the GAL group of companies, a leading North American designer, manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems.

Birch Hill Equity Partners

Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in its acquisition of CCM Hockey from Adidas.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian tax counsel to Restaurant Brands International Inc., owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons, in connection with its US$1.8-billion acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., an Atlanta-based chicken chain.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of a US$1.4-billion Northleaf global private credit program and Northleaf's related acquisition, through a new Northleaf-managed investment fund, of a 16% equity stake in Antares Holdings from CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank in connection with Centerra Gold Inc.'s $195-million public offering of subscription receipts. The proceeds of the offering were used to partially finance Centerra's $1.1 billion purchase of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

Raymond James Ltd.

Acted for Raymond James Ltd. in connection with its acquisition of 3Macs (MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc.), creating Canada's leading independent investment dealer.

ISE Inc.

Acted for ISE Inc., a major supplier of ergonomic office and workstation products, in connection with the sale of its business to Workrite Ergonomics, LLC, a division of Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co., a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners.

Bulletin

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...

Bulletin

Tax Issues for Distressed Corporations

Apr. 08, 2020 - The restrictions on social and commercial activity necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unprecedented economic strain. Although governments have enacted equally unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimuli, businesses will be affected and some will need to restructure debts or take...

Bulletin

Canadian Tax and Other Measures Implemented in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 - Starting on March 18, 2020, the Canadian government has announced a series of emergency measures intended to help stabilize the economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include tax and economic measures aimed at providing financial support for individuals and businesses, and alleviating...

Bulletin

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,...

Bulletin

2017 Federal Budget: Tax Highlights

Mar. 22, 2017 - The Liberal government’s second budget (Budget 2017) comes during a period of exceptional global political and economic uncertainty. Of particular importance from a Canadian economic and tax policy perspective is the uncertainty about how the Trump administration’s agenda will unfold in the coming...

Bulletin

Canadian and U.S. Tax Laws: A Review of 2016 and a Look Ahead to 2017

Jan. 13, 2017 - The year 2016 was eventful from a Canadian tax perspective, with the current Liberal government introducing its first federal budget and important judicial developments that included two decisions in tax cases by the Supreme Court of Canada. Conversely, while U.S. tax developments in 2016 were...

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2012

Education

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, In-Depth Tax Course
Queen’s University, JD, 2011
McMaster University, BSc (Medical & Health Physics), 2007

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Tax Foundation