Taj offers sophisticated solutions to clients’ tax challenges.
Taj specializes in the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate restructurings and reorganizations, corporate financing, estate planning and executive compensation.
Before joining Davies, Taj practised in the Tax group at two international law firms. He had previously served as a judicial law clerk at the Tax Court of Canada.
IOU Financial Inc.
Acted for IOU Financial Inc., a corporation listed on the TSX-V, in its sale to 9494-3677 Québec Inc., a corporation created by a group composed of funds managed by Neuberger Berman, Palos Capital and Fintech Ventures, for an all-cash consideration.
Integrated Media Company
Acted for Integrated Media Company, a TPG platform dedicated to the new media ecosystem, in its C$147.5-million acquisition of Toon Boom Animation Inc., an Emmy® Award-winning Montreal-based animation software company, from Nelvana Limited, a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Acted for Sustana, a portfolio company of Blackstone, in its acquisition of Hanna Paper, a high-grade paper recycling company.
Industrial and Financial Systems AB
Acted for Industrial and Financial Systems AB in its acquisition of Poka Inc., a Québec-based provider of connected worker platform software.
Burgundy Diamond Mines Limited
Acted for Burgundy Diamond Mines Limited (BDM) in its US$136-million acquisition of Arctic Canadian Diamond Company Limited, including the world-class Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and Arctic Canadian Diamond Marketing N.V. Upon closing, BDM became one of the largest listed diamond companies globally.
BELLUS Health Inc.
Acted for BELLUS Health Inc. in its US$2-billion sale to GSK plc, a British-based pharmaceutical company.
American Holt, LLC, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management
Acted for American Holt, LLC, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, in its acquisition of DMA Solution Inc., a leading engineering company for solutions in the manufacturing of high performance products for the PET plastic container and beverage industries.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. both in its acquisition of Cape D’Or Holdings Limited and Barrington Terminals Limited, which operate an independent convenience store and fuel network in Atlantic Canada under the Esso, Wilsons Gas Stops and Go! Store brands, and in connection with obtaining the Canadian Competition Bureau’s approval for the transaction. Also acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in the divestiture of 52 retail and fuel locations to Harnois Énergies.
HID Global Corporation
Acted for HID Global, a subsidiary of Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy, in its acquisition of Vancouver-based Guard RFID Solutions, a manufacturer of real-time location systems used in healthcare environments.
Outfront Media Inc.
Acting as Canadian counsel to OUTFRONT Media Inc. in the C$410-million sale of its Canadian business to Bell Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE.
Acted as Canadian counsel to KKR, a leading global investment firm, in its equity investment in connection with the strategic merger of 123Dentist with Altima Dental and Lapointe Group. The merger creates one of the largest dental support organizations in Canada, with nearly 350 supported dental practices.
E-Cycle Solutions Inc.
Acted for E-Cycle Solutions Inc. in its sale to JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation, a leading supplier of consumable electronic materials.
Acted for FS Investors, as lead investor, as well as Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Fondaction, Fonds économie circulaire and MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. in connection with their respective investments in the Montréal green tech company CarbiCrete Inc.
Searchlight Pharma Inc.
Acted for Searchlight Pharma Inc., a Montréal-based specialty healthcare company, in its acquisition of ERFA Canada 2012 Inc., a distributor of niche pharmaceutical products across Canada that addresses underserved medical indications.
Blackstone Tactical Opportunities
Acted as Canadian counsel to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in their acquisition (and related financing) of H.I.G. Capital-backed Sustana Group, a Wisconsin and Quebec-based manufacturer of premium, sustainable recycled fiber, paper, and packaging products.
Government of Canada Releases Package of Proposed Domestic and International Tax Legislation
Aug. 16, 2023 - The Department of Finance (Finance) released draft tax legislation for public consultation on August 4, 2023, with a stated focus on promoting tax fairness and a clean economy. The most significant item released is the draft of a major new statute, the Global Minimum Tax Act, spanning...
CIBC v. The King: Does the FCA undermine its decision in The Queen v. Bank of Montreal?
Aug. 01, 2023 - International Tax, Vol. 131, August 2023
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Federal Budget 2023 – Major Changes for Business and High Net Worth Individuals
Mar. 28, 2023 - On March 28, 2023 (Budget Day), the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Finance, delivered the Liberal Party’s federal budget (Budget 2023). Budget 2023 does not change the corporate and personal tax rates under the Income Tax Act (Act). Instead...
International Tax, co-author
Dec. 01, 2022 - Wolters Kluwer International Tax (Wolters Kluwer)
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Top Court Blesses Treaty-Shopping Arrangement: The Alta Energy Decision
Dec. 14, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently rendered its eagerly awaited decision in Canada v Alta Energy Luxembourg S.A.R.L., 2021 SCC 49 (Alta Energy). Six of the nine justices held that the Canadian statutory general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) did not apply to deny treaty...
“Certains aspects fiscaux des clauses de non concurrence”
May 01, 2019 - Développements récents en droit de la non-concurrence, Vol. 459 (Barreau du Québec, CAIJ)
IFA International Tax Seminar, “The Limitation on Benefits Provision of the Canada-US Tax Treaty: 10 Years of Observations’’; Montréal, QC
Apr. 11, 2019
“L’Affaire Univar: la Cour canadienne de l'impôt applique la RGAÉ à un dépouillement de surplus transfrontalier”
Dec. 01, 2016 - Stratège (APFF)