Bobby Solhi

Bobby B. Solhi

Partner

Toronto
[email protected]
416.367.6467
Bobby's practice focuses on complex tax matters, including federal and provincial sales tax, indirect tax, and commodity taxes such as fuel, gas, tobacco, land transfer tax, and carbon taxes applied throughout Canada. He also maintains a tax practice catered to private business enterprises, including company formation, tax-driven reorganizations and tax-efficient planning for owners. 

Bobby is an experienced tax litigator that clients rely on to navigate Canada’s complex tax laws and procedures. He provides audit defense and strategic advice to resolve disputes expediently with tax authorities such as the Canada Revenue Agency and Ministries of Finance. Bobby represents clients before the Ontario Superior Court, Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. 

Prior to private practice, Bobby was a legislation design specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where he was a key advisor on many high-profile projects in tax administration, tax policy and the introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax in Ontario.

Bobby frequently presents on tax law matters before accounting, financial, and industry organizations and talks to media outlets on new and emerging developments in Canadian tax law. He is a featured Canadian tax law expert for LexisNexis’ Legal Practice Advisor, where he has developed practical modules on tax law for lawyers involved in corporate and commercial transactions.

Bobby provides legal services through a Law Corporation.

Experience

  • Acted as a tax advisor to Loblaws on its $875 million acquisition of the Lifemark Health Group to expands Shoppers Drug Marts healthcare services.
  • Represented Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company in its acquisition of Gerber Life Insurance Company’s Canadian insurance business from U.S.-based Western & Southern Financial Group.
  • Advised purchaser on the tax aspects of a successful acquisition of a Canadian bank.
  • Acted as tax advisor to Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment on their acquisition of Fallsview Casino and Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre.
  • Advised purchaser on the tax aspects of a significant acquisition of agricultural businesses in western Canada.
  • Advised on transaction tax related to a successful sale of an educational institution in Canada to private equity investors.
  • Advised on application of Carbon Tax to Major Clients in the Energy sector
  • Advised on tax aspects of renewal energy projects.
  • Advised on tax aspects of a multi-billion-dollar class action settlement.
  • Advised on tax structuring of several multi-unit real property developments.
  • Advised on tax residency for many foreign clients with Canadian business activities.
  • Advised multi-national chemical supplier on tax implications of interprovincial sales.
  • Advised multi-national technology firms on tax implications of cross-border technology service/SAS arrangement.
  • Acted for foreign technology companies with tax aspects of inbound transactions.
  • Acted for automotive suppliers on tax implications of exports and outbound transactions.
  • Acted for wholesalers of tobacco products in significant tax dispute.
  • Represented various individual and corporate clients in tax disputes at the Tax Court and Federal Court level.

Select Cases

  • Champlain College of Vermont – Montreal Campus v. His Majesty the King (2021-948(GST)G)
  • Alec Bradley Cigar Manufacturers of Canada Inc. v. The Minister of Finance (Ontario Superior Court of Justice – CV-21-00656871)
  • Ontario Electrical Construction Company Limited v. Her Majesty the Queen (2019-3772(GST)G)
  • Rybakova, et al. v. Her Majesty The Queen (2019-3772(GST)G)
  • Garipov, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen (2015-2106 (GST)I, 2015-2110(GST)I)
  • Rybakov, et al v. Her Majesty the Queen (2019 TCC 284)
  • Rybakov, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen (2019 TCC 209)
  • Lohas Farm Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen (2019 TCC 197)
  • 2253787 Ontario Inc. v Her Majesty The Queen (2014 TCC 121)
  • 2266504 Ontario Inc. v Her Majesty The Queen
  • Faisal Javaid v. Her Majesty The Queen (2015 TCC 94)
  • Ranjbar v. Canada (2016 FCA 116)
  • Kniazev v. Her Majesty The Queen (2017-456 (GST)I)
  • Kniazev v. Her Majesty The Queen (2017-457 (GST)I)

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Participant, several charities for children

Awards & Recognitions

  • Certificate of Achievement, Chartered Professional Accountants ("CPA") Canada
  • Honourable Paul I.B. and Mrs. Tevis Staniszewski Award
  • Millennium Excellence Scholarship

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2009
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008
  • Specialized GST/HST Financial Services Course, CPA Canada
  • In-Depth Tax Course Parts I, II, and III, CPA Canada
  • In-Depth HST/GST Course, CICA
  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008