Stikeman Elliott is a firm that was founded on tax expertise and the desire to provide pragmatic advice to our clients that is insightful, creative and tailored to protect each client’s business interests. This legacy continues to influence how our lawyers approach legal advice, helping clients accomplish their goals in the most tax-efficient manner possible.

Clients benefit from a full suite of services for domestic and international tax advice, tax planning and tax controversy matters on both standalone tax mandates as well as integrated with corporate, investment, real estate, commercial matters. Drawing upon the expertise of each of our team members, Stikeman Elliott provides clients with efficient, expert tax advice that reflects a full consideration of their tax matters. These clients include publicly listed and private entities, Canadian pension funds, foreign sovereign wealth funds, multinational companies, REITs, infrastructure funds, and US and global private equity funds.

Many clients have integrated operations that cross multiple borders, requiring creative solutions in order to achieve their business objectives while optimizing their tax position. Working closely with counsel in other jurisdictions, we create structures that minimize Canadian and foreign taxes and avoid triggering income or withholding taxes elsewhere, through the repatriation of excess cash. We are also frequently called upon to represent clients in discussions and negotiations with tax authorities, with whom we maintain an on-going and productive relationship.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Commodity taxation
  • Corporate financings
  • Cross-border tax information exchange
  • Customs
  • Debt and equity financings
  • Estate planning
  • Inbound and outbound tax structuring
  • Income tax
  • Insurance taxation
  • Reorganizations and restructurings
  • Resource taxation
  • Transfer pricing
  • Trusts
  • Voluntary disclosures and compliance settlements
  • Impact Deal of the Year Award – 2019 International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Tax
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Tax
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Corporate Tax and Litigation: Corporate Tax
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Tax
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