International influences and globalization continue to shift economic development in Canada and around the world. Organizations are enhancing their global growth and capitalizing on business opportunities across borders.
McInnes Cooper’s foreign direct investment (FDI) team consists of lawyers with experience engaging in international markets across North America, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers provide advice on the full spectrum of legal considerations for FDI activities, including mergers and acquisitions, international tax issues, tax efficient financing structures, financings, joint ventures and various dispute resolution issues. Our clients represent a number of industries, including energy and natural resources, real estate and manufacturing.
Whether your business is targeting growth prospects in the Canadian market, or you are a Canadian business seeking to expand internationally, we have the experience and global connections to ensure you get the right legal advice.
McInnes Cooper is the exclusive member firm in Atlantic Canada for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. Leveraging this network, our lawyers collaborate with legal advisors across borders to deliver strategic legal solutions that support our clients’ global business objectives.
- International Tax
- Corporate & Business
- Corporate Finance & Securities
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Counsel to Canada, U.S. and the Netherlands companies on the structuring of a $100 million acquisition of Canadian oil and gas properties
- Counsel to U.S. residents in reorganizing ULC financing and operating structures to address the anti-hybrid rule in the Canada-U.S. Income Tax Treaty
- Counsel to a U.S. purchaser of a railway company in the Atlantic Provinces on the structuring, acquisition and financing of the acquisition
- Counsel on implementing and advising on a $1 billion repo transaction
- Counsel to a multinational retailer replacing a $100 million royalty structure with $100 million hybrid debt
- Counsel to a multinational replacing a hybrid/reverse hybrid structure with $50 million hybrid debt
- Counsel to a multinational financial institution advising on the replacement of a $350 million intercompany hybrid debt arrangement
- Counsel to a manufacturing multinational replacing a hybrid/reverse hybrid structure with $300 million hybrid debt
- Counsel to a U.S. multi-national technology company on a multi-jurisdictional $120 million reorganization in Luxembourg, Canada, United States and Ireland
- Counsel to U.S. multi-national on a $300 million reorganization and coordinating U.S. and Luxembourg counsel
- Corporate and lead Canadian tax counsel in the extraction of a lower tier $250 million Canadian corporation from a foreign affiliate structure and its conversion into a partnership
- Documenting and advising on seconding individuals to Canadian companies and foreign companies including the formulation of tax equalization policies
- Canadian tax advice on US cash pooling arrangement
- Canadian tax and commercial advice in implementing a shared services function performed by a Canadian subsidiary of an Australian public company
- Canadian tax and contractual advice on structuring financial services agreement between Canadian affiliates and their foreign parents
- Canadian tax counsel to a US real estate syndicator providing advice on a number of inbound investments in real estate projects in Ontario and Quebec to maximize after tax returns back to the United States by dealing with, among other things, the good hybrid and anti-hybrid rules in the Canada-US Income Tax Treaty
- Counsel to a US multinational to implement a replacement of existing $90 million debt with a hybrid debt structure.
- Canadian tax and structuring advice for German companies developing wind projects in Canada
- Canadian tax litigation concerning transfer pricing, GST on services performed for foreign companies, and income tax withholding on payments to foreign companies for services performed in Canada
- Canadian tax advice to foreign companies in the digital economy carrying on business in Canada
Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures
- Counsel to a Korean multinational in a $90 million manufacturing joint venture with the Province of Nova Scotia
- Counsel to US private equity funds on the $82 million purchase and financing of timberlands and re-structuring of their Canadian investments
- Counsel to a Spanish company on a number of multi-million dollar acquisitions of engineering service companies in Canada and the U.S.
- Counsel to a British based multinational financial institution on the sale of shares of a Canadian affiliate
- Counsel to an Irish company advising on a $100-$120 million acquisition of a Canadian high-tech company
- Counsel to a large private Canadian agri-services business on the sale of a business division in Maine
- Counsel to an international mining company on a $270 million acquisition of a nickel exploration and development company with operations in the South Pacific
- Counsel to a Canadian subsidiary of a US company concerning a $100 million sale of large tracts of timberland to a US purchaser
- Counsel on a $800 million leveraged buyout of KCP Income Fund by Caxton-Iseman Inc.
- Counsel to a U.S. multi-national advising it on the appropriate structure for a wind farm construction project and obtaining necessary waivers from the Canadian tax authorities
- Counsel to a foreign acquirer and subscriber of shares for $10 million and migration of intellectual property to a tax-favourable jurisdiction
- Canadian corporate and tax counsel for a Thailand public company in the acquisition of 80% of the lobster processing operations in Canada and the United States for $12 million
- Canadian corporate and tax advice to a US public company in the course of a bid in an auction to acquire a Canadian public company by plan of arrangement for $252 million
- Canadian and tax counsel to a US lender and acquire of a convertible note for USD $17 million
- Canadian tax and corporate counsel to Canadian companies in the digital economy purchasing foreign companies or being the subject of an acquisition (a number of tax issues dealing with the exchange of options or the sale of shares that were acquired with options)