A senior tax partner with extensive domestic and international tax knowledge, John advises on the tax aspects of domestic and international business ventures for significant public and private companies in Canada, the United States, and Europe, with a focus on the real estate industry. He is lead adviser to a number of Canadian-based multinational groups on the tax structuring of their global investments and is trusted by many Canadian public and private real estate companies, REITs, funds, and other multinationals. John is a pioneer in the establishment of cross-border REITs. He frequently advises international funds and corporations on investing in Canada. John co-edited Essays on Tax Treaties: A Tribute to David A. Ward, is the co-author of Ward’s Tax Law and Planning, and is a contributor to Taxation of Companies on Capital Gains on Shares under Domestic Law, EU Law and Tax Treaties. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; Tax Directors Handbook TDH250; The Legal 500 Canada; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Who’s Who Legal: Canada; Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax.
On December 10, 2019, affiliates of real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. (collectively, Blackstone) acquired all of the subsidiaries and assets of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust (Dream Global)
Spear Street Capital LLC and its affiliates acquired the interests of BlackBerry Limited and its affiliates in the majority of BlackBerry’s real estate holdings in Canada located in Waterloo, Cambridge, Mississauga and Ottawa, Ontario, for approximately $305 million.