John is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department. John solves tax problems with his unique and broad tax experience covering (i) transactional work, (ii) planning and counsel roles, and (iii) tax controversy/transfer pricing for many of Canada’s largest businesses and financial institutions. John represents multinational and Canadian businesses in a broad mix of tax matters, including tax structuring, international transactions, transfer pricing, tax controversy, corporate finance, derivatives, securitization and mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes representation of international and domestic businesses, banks, financial institutions, mutual funds and government agencies in domestic and cross-border transactions, infrastructure, energy (including wind, solar and hydro), public private partnerships, financial products, lending and securitizations, income funds, managed assets and leasing. John has extensive experience in the areas of federal and provincial income tax, international tax, sales and use tax, goods and services tax and harmonized sales tax. John teaches International Tax at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in equipment finance law and structured finance law (2006-2019)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in tax (2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate tax (2014); asset equipment finance/leasing (2010-2018); and derivative investments (2010, 2012-2018)
Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate tax (2018)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Equipment finance law lawyer of the year (2018) (Toronto)
Lawyers Weekly In House Counsel/Martindale-Hubbell–identified as one of Canada's Top Canadian lawyers (2012)
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2012)
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s IFLR 1000, Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading lawyer in capital markets (2007)
Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2007)
Silrun Information Services’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—One of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40 (2002)
John serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and he is the Director at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), as well as the Chair of the Hospital Construction Redevelopment Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Rethink Breast Cancer and a Tax Committee Member at both the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He has also had directorships for International Tax – Fall 2012; Spring 2013, Spring 2014 and Spring 2015, as a Co-lecturer with Jinyan Li. John also served as the President for the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association 2009 to 2012 and as an Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association from 2000-2014.
Memberships and Affiliations
John is a member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Finance Association. He is also a member of the Canada Company, where he serves as a liaison group between Canadian business leaders and the Canadian Forces.