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Bobby Solhi

Bobby B. Solhi

Associé

Toronto
BSolhi@blg.com
416.367.6467

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As a GST/HST lawyer, Bobby focuses his practice on GST/HST and other commodity taxes such as carbon tax, land transfer tax, and PST across Canada.  Bobby also provides tax planning services for privately held companies and their owners.

He regularly provides GST/HST and tax advice to Canadian and foreign clients across various industries on business transactions including:

  • new ownership structures
  • re-organizations
  • mergers, acquisitions, and divestures

As a tax litigator, Bobby has a very active tax litigation and dispute resolution practice where he represents clients in tax disputes with tax authorities such as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He has appeared as lead counsel before the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal with the vast majority of tax cases favourably settled prior to a formal hearing.

In a previous role at the Ministry of Finance, Bobby was a legislation design specialist and key contributor to several high-profile projects in tax administration, tax policy design and the introduction of the HST in Ontario.

Bobby frequently presents on tax law matters before accounting, financial, and industry organizations as well as providing media outlets such as Tax Notes, Bloomberg, CBC and others on new and emerging developments in Canadian tax law. He is also a noted contributor to several industry publications, and is a featured Canadian tax law expert for LexisNexis’ Legal Practice Advisor where he writes extensively and has developed practical modules on tax law for lawyers involved in corporate and commercial transactions.

Bobby was previously a board member and contributing editor to Sales and Use Tax, a quarterly journal published by Thomson Reuters devoted to Canadian commodity tax developments, including the GST, excise taxes and provincial sales taxes.

Experience

  • 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

  • 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, Faculté de droit Osgoode Hall de l'Université York, 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, Faculté de droit Osgoode Hall de l'Université York, 2008