Allan J. Gelkopf

Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Allan J. Gelkopf

Allan J. Gelkopf

Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Allan J. Gelkopf Partner | Toronto. Allan's practice focuses on planning and advising clients in connection with the goods and services tax (GST), the harmonized sales tax (HST), provincial sales tax (PST), customs valuation, tariff classification, import/export restrictions, and various aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement. AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Allan is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications: The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 (Tax Law); World Tax 2013, Supplement to the International Tax Review ("admired for his skill in indirect tax"); The 2013 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs); The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 (Commodity Tax/Customs), Publications: Co-author: Review of recent GST/HST case law CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, February 2013. Co-author: Review of Recent GST/HST Caselaw Indirect Tax Newsletter, Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, November 2012. Co-author: Canada Provides GST/HST Guidance on Government Grants and Subsidies ITR Premium, News by Jurisdiction, Canada, International Tax Review, July 23, 2012. Co-author: Elimination of HST in B.C.: De-Harmonization and Transitioning Back to PST Blakes Bulletin on Tax, March 2012. Co-author: GST/HST Filing Compliance for Pension Plans: Should You Register for GST/HST? Blakes Bulletin on Tax, October 2011. Author: Arranging for Financial Services: PC Bank Decision Expands GST Exemption; CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, January 2010. PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES: Discussion Leader: The HST Harmonization - One Year Later The GST Leaders Forum, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 4-5, 2011. Editor: CBA National Commodity Tax Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, The Canadian Bar Association, March 2011. Editor and Co-author: GST/HST Filing Compliance for Pension Plans: Should You Register for GST/HST? CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, Canadian Bar Association 2011. Co-author and Speaker: HST for the Non-Specialist and Strategic Considerations and Planning Opportunities The Canadian Tax Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, May 12, 2010. Speaker: HST - Are You Ready? Canadian Bar Association, Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, Toronto, Ontario, April 27, 2010. Editor: Sales Tax - CBA National Commodity Tax Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, January 2010. MEDIA APPEARANCES: CBA National Commodity Tax Customs and Trade Section Newsletter, The Canadian Bar Association, July 2012. PRACTICES: International Trade; Tax; Sales & Commodity Taxes. INDUSTRIES: Food, Beverage & Agribusiness; Aviation/Aerospace. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Allan has served as a consultant to the Department of Finance in connection with the GST/PST harmonization project and has assisted in the preparation of the GST Guide for Consumers of Legal Services and for Lawyers. He has written for the GST & Commodity Tax Newsletter, the Canadian International Lawyer and the Lex Mundi World Reports. He has also lectured at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) commodity tax symposium and at CICA's in-depth commodity tax course. Allan is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Financing & Leasing Association Tax Committee, the GST Leaders Forum, the Canadian Bar Association/Canada Border Services Agency Customs Committee, the Southern Ontario Commodity Tax Consultation Group and the Ontario Business Advisory Council. Most recently, he was appointed a member of the Department of Finance HST Focus Group to review proposed HST legislation involving financial institutions. Allan was a member of the Advisory Committee of the 2012 CICA Commodity Tax Symposium. Allan is also the editor of the CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter. EDUCATION: Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1986; LL.B., M.B.A. (Gold Medal), University of Windsor - 1984; B.Comm., University of Windsor - 1982; B.Sc., University of Toronto - 1980.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP provides legal advisory services. Its areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, aviation, communications, competition, construction, and e-commerce law. The firm offers legal advisory services in areas such as pension and employee benefits, products liability, restructuring and insolvency, sports, taxation, structured finance, outsourcing, and securities law. The company was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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McKesson Corporation purchases The Katz Group of Cos. /Subsidiaries (2) from The Katz Group of Cos.

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchases Paramount Parks, Inc. from CBS Corp.

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