199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1986 (ON)
Allan’s practice focuses on planning and advising clients in connection with the GST/HST, PST, customs valuation, tariff classification, and import/export restrictions. He has written for the GST & Commodity Tax newsletter, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the CPA Commodity Tax Symposium. Allan is a member of the GST Leaders Forum, Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Financing & Leasing Association Tax Committee. He was a member of the Department of Finance HST Focus Group established to review proposed HST legislation affecting financial institutions and was involved in the Ontario HST harmonization project. Allan is Past Chair of the CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section and is the current editor of the newsletter. Allan is a member of the editorial board for the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal (Thomson Reuters Canada) and is listed in Chambers Canada and the International Tax Review’s Indirect Tax Leaders.
On November 30, 2018, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (“ESAI”) concluded its comprehensive restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by way of the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc. (“ASI”).
On February 1, 2019, a company owned by Vertu FX Limited Partnership (“Vertu”), BDC Capital Inc. (“BDC”) and certain members of the Firmex executive management team completed the acquisition of Firmex Holdings Inc.
As part of the continuing transformation of its business since its spin-off from Element Financial, Steve Hudson’s ECN Capital Corp. [TSX: ECN] completed the acquisition of Triad Financial Services in December 2017 and sold its Canadian commercial and vendor finance business to Canadian Western Bank in January 2018.
In the culmination of a complex cross-border bankruptcy sales and auction process, on February 28, 2017, Performance Sports Group Ltd. (PSG) announced the completion of the sale of substantially all of its assets to an investor group led by Sagard Holdings Inc. (Sagard) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) for US$575 million, subject to certain adjustments, and the assumption of related operating liabilities.
On April 29, 2016, the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) sold the business operations and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a lease financing business and a division of Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited (Meridian), Ontario’s largest credit union.
Ashland Inc. successfully completed the divestment of its global Ashland Water Technologies (AWT) business unit to a fund managed by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in a transaction valued at approximately US$1.8 billion. Net proceeds from the sale totaled approximately US$1.4 billion, which will be used to return capital to shareholders in the form of share repurchases.
Scotiabank completed the acquisition of a 20 per cent equity interest in the financial services business of Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited for $500 million in cash. As part of the new business partnership, Scotiabank has agreed to provide a funding commitment to the financial services business of up to $2.25 billion and the parties have entered into a marketing program agreement to pursue joint marketing initiatives.