Veteran company tax lawyer Kevin Zimka has joined Cozen O’Connor’s Vancouver workplace as a shareholder, making him the 15th lawyer to affix Cozen O’Connor’s rising Canadian follow since June 2021.
Zimka, who has suggested on various Canadian M&A and mining transactions value a complete of greater than C$13 billion, is leaping from International 200 agency Blake Cassels & Graydon, the place he was a associate for greater than 22 years, Cozen mentioned in saying the rent.
The agency mentioned bringing Zimka on enhances its capacity to offer a “one-stop-shop” expertise for shoppers in issues involving enterprise capital, cross-border public listings, tax, company debt and fairness financing, regulatory compliance, and M&A piece. The agency mentioned it continues to develop its securities and capital markets practices and has been dealing with an elevated variety of cross-border M&A transactions.
Company M&A throughout industries continues to be very lively with tax points a crucial a part of any deal, mentioned Rory Godinho, chair of the agency’s Canadian capital markets and securities follow.
“Including an skilled tax practitioner like Kevin, who can present tax steering from a deal’s inception via its total lifecycle, clearly advantages our Canadian and American shoppers,” he mentioned.
Zimka mentioned he’s labored on a few of Canada’s largest M&A offers and he’s blissful to “be a part of a company rising each its footprint and its service choices right here in Canada.”
As a part of his M&A piece, Zimka usually counsels shoppers on company tax points associated to using exchangeable shares and the distribution of property to shareholders. He additionally brings substantial expertise offering steering on flow-through restricted partnership choices, in line with the agency.
“Canada’s mining trade is likely one of the largest on this planet, and roughly 75 % of the world’s mining corporations are headquartered right here,” mentioned Brigeeta Richdale, managing counsel of Cozen O’Connor’s Vancouver workplace. Having an skilled tax counsel like Zimka on board is “important” to the consumer companies they supply, she mentioned.
Cozen O’Connor has been boldly increase its Canadian presence over the previous 18 months with a number of hires in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It has 800 attorneys in 32 places, together with 26 in three Canadian places of work.