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Firoz Ahmed | Tax Lawyer in Toronto

Firoz Ahmed

Partner, Taxation


Contact Information

fahmed@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6696

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1986

Education
  • Queen’s University, LL.B.
  • Carleton University, B.Comm.
Language(s)
English

Firoz specializes in the taxation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, debt restructurings, partnership arrangements and international taxation. He has written articles and presented papers on a number of income tax subjects for the International Tax Review, Journal of International Taxation, Canadian Tax Journal and the Tax Executives Institute. Firoz has been seconded to the Rulings Directorate of Revenue Canada, Taxation as a senior rulings officer in the corporate reorganizations section.

  • Essar Steel Algoma

    Algoma Steel Inc. and certain senior secured term lenders in Canada in Algoma’s acquisition of substantially all the assets of Essar Steel Algoma in connection to a restructuring under the CCAA

  • Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley in its proposed acquisition of Solium Capital for $1.1 billion

  • Concordia International Corp.

    Osler advises the Secured Debtholder Committee of Concordia International Corp. in connection with US$3.7 billion recapitalization transaction

  • South32

    South32 in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Arizona Mining

  • Mitel Networks Corporation

    Mitel in its sale to affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for US$2 billion

  • GFL Environmental Inc.

    Investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in the $5.125 billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.

  • Blackstone-Led Consortium

    Blackstone-Led Consortium in its $20 Billion Partnership Agreement with Thomson Reuters

  • RSM US LLP

    RSM US LLP in the launch of RSM Canada

  • Corus Entertainment Inc.

    Corus Entertainment Inc. in the proposed sale of specialty channels to Bell Media Inc. for approximately $200 million

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its offering of $1.4 billion 4.00% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by installment receipts.

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One in its proposed $6.7 billion acquisition of Avista

  • Stryker Corporation

    Stryker Corporation in its acquisition of NOVADAQ Technologies Inc.

  • Tervita Corporation

    Tervita Corporation completes $3.5 billion recapitalization transaction under the Canada Business Corporations Act

  • Mitel Networks Corporation

    Mitel in its proposed $1.96 billion acquisition of Polycom

  • Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.

    Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Vail Resorts

    • SmartREIT in connection with the acquisition of the remaining assets of OneREIT by way of a plan of arrangement.
    • Corus Entertainment Inc. in connection with its proposed $2.65 billion purchase of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc.
    • Tim Horton’s Inc. in its combination with Burger King.
    • Magna International Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Getrag GKA.
    • Talisman Energy Inc. in its acquisition by Repsol.

     

    Private Transactions

    Firoz has been extensively involved in the reorganizing of numerous corporate groups as well as in planning acquisitions and dispositions of foreign operations by Canadian corporations.

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Chambers

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2019: Band 1, Tax
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2014 & 2015: Tax (Star Individual), 2017-2019: Band 1, Tax
    • "His communication is excellent. He can distil issues and describe risks and has the ability to make suggestions on how we can adapt to allow us to better achieve our objectives."

Lexpert

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016-2019: Corporate Tax
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2018: Corporate Tax; Corporate Finance and Securities
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2017-2018: Corporate Tax

Legal 500

  • The Legal 500, 2019: Leading Lawyer, Tax Law

Who’s Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Corporate Tax - Advisory 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal: International - Corporate Tax - Advisory 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Corporate Tax 2018

Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2019: Tax Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017: recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Tax Law

Expert Guides

  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, 2018: Tax

  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • 2016 Proposed Changes to Subsection 55(2) (20th Taxation of Corporate Reorganization Conference)
  • 2015 Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations – Current Issues and Future Trends