Year called to bar: 1984 (ON); 1995 (BC); 2006 (AB)
Robert is a partner practising in the areas of Canadian, US, domestic, and international taxation, with emphasis on Canada–US cross-border transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, resource taxation, structured finance, corporate reorganizations, tax disputes, and mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies and governmental agencies. Recently, he was counsel to Spruce Credit Union on its successful GAAR appeal in the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has authored and presented numerous papers on a variety of topics at various professional organizations, including the CTF, TEI, CPTS, CRA, CBA, and ABA. He also assisted in the preparation of the Report to the United Nations Ad Hoc Group of Experts of International Cooperation on Tax Matters and is the principal Canadian contributor to the Bloomberg BNA Global Tax Guide and Tax Planning for International Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Restructurings, published by Wolters Kluwer.
On October 24, 2018, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. completed the acquisition of the 62% undivided co-ownership participation of TransCanada Corporation in five wind energy farms in Quebec (“Cartier Wind Farms”), as well as TransCanada’s 50% interest in the operating entities of the Cartier Wind Farms, for approximately $620 million. Innergex already owned the remaining interests in the Cartier Wind Farms and its operating entities. The transaction will increase Innergex’s net capacity by 366MW.
On February 23, 2018, Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor), through its affiliate Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership, completed the acquisition of a 5-per-cent participating interest in the Syncrude oilsands project from Mocal Energy Limited (Mocal), a wholly owned subsidiary of JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX), for a purchase price of US$730 million.
On May 30, 2017, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML) completed its initial public offering (the IPO) by issuing 102,942,000 restricted voting shares at a price of $17.00 per share, for total proceeds of approximately $1.75 billion.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) completed its acquisition of all outstanding common shares of InterOil Corporation (InterOil) on February 22, 2017. InterOil’s assets include the Elk-Antelope gas fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea and exploration licenses covering about 16,000 square kilometers in Papua New Guinea.
KUFPEC Canada Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company K.S.C., completed the acquisition of a 30 per cent interest from Chevron Canada Limited in Chevron’s Alberta Duvernay shale play for a purchase price of US$1.5-billion.
PrairieSky Royalty (PrairieSky) completed its acquisition of Range Royalty Limited Partnership (Range Royalty), a private oil and gas royalty company, pursuant to a plan of arrangement. With closing of the transaction, PrairieSky acquired approximately 3,000 barrels of oil equivalent of royalty production and 3.5 million acres of royalty lands
On June 25, 2014, North West Redwater Partnership entered into a four-year $3.5 billion syndicated credit facility with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Toronto Branch, Royal Bank of Canada, certain other lenders, and Royal Bank of Canada, as agent.
Burnaby, B.C.-based Gateway Casinos Income Fund, one of the largest casino operators in Western Canada, completed a $106 million initial public offering of trust units through a syndicate of underwriters led by Scotia Capital Inc., and including BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc.