Brian is a partner who advises on a broad range of tax matters for both public and private sector clients, with particular emphasis on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, international tax planning, and transfer pricing. Clients turn to Brian for his sophisticated planning skills and creative solutions for their critical taxation matters — in Canada and abroad. He is regularly consulted for his expertise in structuring complex, major transactions, including the first tax-deferred conversion of a mutual fund corporation into a REIT and the first Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate aircraft financing in Canada. Brian also advises high-net-worth families on trust and estate matters. A tax lecturer at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Brian advised the Canadian government on e-commerce taxation. He is a former governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and presently sits on the Canadian Branch Board of the International Fiscal Association. He is also a member of the Lord Reading Law Society. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; Tax Directors Handbook; The Legal 500 Canada; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert® Special Edition — Finance and M&A.
On September 24, 2018, DCC Technology Ltd. acquired the JAM Group of Companies comprised of JAM Industries Ltd., JAM International Ltd. and their subsidiaries (“JAM”), North America’s largest value-added distributor of musical instruments, professional audio and consumer electronics products, for an initial enterprise value of US$170 million.
On May 1, 2018, Scotiabank announced the completion of its $950 million acquisition of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd. to create the third-largest Canadian active asset manager with $166 billion in assets under management (as of December 31, 2017).