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Year called to bar: 1997 (ON)
Paul Carenza is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and the practice group leader of its firm-wide Tax Group. Paul works with a broad range of Canadian and international clients in the private and public sectors, delivering creative and practical solutions to meet their business needs. For over 20 years, Paul has concentrated on providing clients with income tax advice in domestic and cross-border corporate acquisitions, reorganizations, offerings, and financings. He also represents clients in disputes with tax authorities and provides technical guidance on executive compensation matters, including compensation plan design and cross-border assignments. Paul also advises clients in the energy sector in Ontario on payments-in-lieu of taxes and related matters. Paul is a regular writer, speaker, and panelist at various conferences covering a variety of matters related to tax law. He is the editor-in-chief of Thomson Reuters’ Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Journal, and also serves as co-editor of Gowling WLG’s Canadian Tax newsletter. Fluent in both English and French, Paul is called to the Ontario Bar. He has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and TheLegal 500 Canada.
On March 14, 2019, Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) completed its acquisition of Emblem Corp. (TSXV: EMC) by way of a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act in an all share transaction valued at approximately $172.3 million at the time of the deal’s announcement. Pursuant to the arrangement, Aleafia acquired all of the common shares of Emblem, to form a new wholly-owned subsidiary continuing as “Emblem Corp.” Following the transaction, Aleafia graduated from the TSX Venture Exchange and commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.