Stikeman Elliott

Stikeman Elliott is a leading law firm in the area of taxation and has remained at the forefront of tax advice, planning, advocacy and litigation. From its inception in 1952, the firm has specialized in tax matters.

Stikeman Elliott's tax practice is highly ranked. The current edition of Chambers Global's The World's Leading Business Lawyers describes Stikeman Elliott's Tax Group as "exceptional" and lists a number of our tax partners as leaders in the field. The Tax Directors Handbook recognizes Stikeman Elliott's ability to ensure that it 'adds value to every transaction it handles'.

The Tax Group's work involves tax advice, tax planning and tax controversy matters for Canadian and international business enterprises, and investment, in the context of both standalone tax mandates and integrated corporate, investment, real estate, commercial and tax mandates.

How Our Clients Benefit

Our clients benefit from the combined knowledge of an experienced group of tax lawyers. The Tax Group has significant experience in all aspects of tax law, including inbound and outbound international structuring and planning, trusts, commodity taxation, customs, corporate financings, reorganizations and restructurings, government representation, transfer pricing, compliance settlements, appeals, insurance taxation, pensions and employee benefits and resource taxation.

Tax Structuring and Planning

We believe that proper tax structuring and planning is key to the successful outcome of transactions or investments. Much of our tax practice involves the inbound and outbound international structuring of business arrangements and investments to optimize the tax position of our clients.

We have developed an extensive expertise that allows us to propose to our clients structures that are efficient from Canadian and worldwide tax perspectives. The challenges for a company are to ensure that the financing of its Canadian operations is optimal and allows a minimization of the Canadian and foreign taxes and that the repatriation of the excess cash for Canada up to the parent company does not trigger income and withholding taxes in other jurisdictions. In order to provide the best result for our clients, we are working with tax counsels in the relevant jurisdictions that are recognized for their high level of expertise.

In the recent years, transfer pricing has become an area that is under scrutiny by the Canadian tax authorities. Our tax group is involved in many mandates where we are representing clients in their discussions and negotiations with the tax authorities. Our involvement begins at the audit stage up to the appeal at the court.

In addition, we have particular experience with:

  • advice to financial institutions;
  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • corporate reorganizations;
  • employment compensation and pension arrangements;
  • taxation of insurance companies;
  • cross-border investment;
  • real estate;
  • sales taxes
  • transfer pricing;
  • private equity investments;
  • resource taxation;
  • estate planning;
  • wealth preservation;
  • private banking;
  • cross-border tax information exchange; and
  • advice to tax-exempt entities and sovereign funds.

Tax Advice

Our tax advice is state-of-the-art and supported by all of the research tools available to the profession. Our objective is to find the most tax-efficient manner in which our clients can achieve their business objectives., investment and wealth presentation objectives. The Tax Group provides advice in the areas of income tax, transfer pricing, customs, procurement, Goods and Services Tax and sales tax. Members of the Tax Group and other members of the firm also have considerable expertise in Canadian federal laws governing international trade and international trade agreements, as well as extensive experience in government relations and legislative affairs. We act for governments, industry associations and major corporations with respect to international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and those under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Key Contacts

Marie-Andrée Beaudry
Luc Bernier
Roanne C. Bratz 

Ron Durand
John G. Lorito

David G. Weekes

Richard J. Hay

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