Lexpert Magazine

Nov/Dec 2017

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44 LEXPERT MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 JARRETT FREEMAN Goodmans LLP Toronto Jarrett Freeman is a partner in the tax group at Goodmans LLP. His practice encom- passes all aspects of income taxation that arise in corporate and commercial transac- tions, with an emphasis on M&A, corpo- rate finance and real estate transactions, both domestically and internationally. He is a key member of Goodmans' REITs and income securities team. Freeman regularly advises REALpac (Canada's most senior, influential and informative voice in the real property investment industry) on strategic tax-related matters. He has written tax ar- ticles on a variety of income tax matters, including the taxation of real estate invest- ment trusts, income fund conversions and the SIFT rules. He has been the lead lawyer in the efforts of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Ontario Bar Association to respond to recent enactments to Ontario's Land Transfer Tax Act. JONATHAN FREEMAN Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Toronto Jonathan Freeman is a partner in Cas- sels Brock & Blackwell LLP's Real Estate and Development Group. He represents traditional bank and non-bank lenders in complex real estate financing transactions, including those relating to term, acquisi- tion, mezzanine and construction loan facilities, and he has extensive experience with commercial mortgage-backed secu- rities and other types of securitized debt. ties offerings in multiple jurisdictions, as well as securitization transactions involv- ing multiple public companies. rough this experience, he has gained a thorough understanding of complex transaction structures and the securities, listing and governance laws for many different juris- dictions, including the United States, Aus- tralia and the United Kingdom/Europe. TD's acquisition of approximately 50 per cent of CIBC's Aeroplan credit card port- folio is an example of a deal on which he has played a critical role. He has acted as United Way Ambassador for TD. DAVID FORREST Canada Goose Holdings Inc. Toronto David Forrest is General Counsel, Senior Vice-President at Canada Goose Holdings Inc. He started the company's in-house le- gal department, overseeing all legal issues for a diverse business that includes a vast manufacturing network, sophisticated marketing initiatives, a large IP portfo- lio and an international sales presence in 37 countries and multiple channels. His most significant recent accomplishment is guiding the company through its IPO in March 2017. Forrest also led the way on notable firsts for Canada Goose, includ- ing initiating e-commerce, opening the company's first retail stores in Toronto and New York and providing guidance on entering new global markets. He is a sup- porter of a number of charities, including those combatting poverty, funding par- ticipation in the Special Olympics and sending medical treatment overseas to underprivileged recipients. He has financed all real estate asset classes, including many of Canada's largest seniors' housing projects, hotels, office buildings, shopping centres and multi-family residen- tial apartment complexes. He has taken an active interest in veterans of the Cana- dian Armed Forces, specifically with their transition from military to civilian life. He is currently working with members of the Canadian Armed Forces, politicians and leaders in the business community to develop initiatives to assist troops with the transition from military to civilian careers. GARETH GIBBINS OMERS Toronto Gareth Gibbins is Vice President, Pen- sion Legal for OMERS. Among his con- tributions at OMERS, he is the legal lead of its Additional Voluntary Contribu- tions program (in which there are more than $650 million in contributions). is requires him to draw on his intimate knowledge of the applicable legislation and existing AVC framework along with his ability to synthesize complicated reg- ulatory and plan design considerations into an end product that is easy for plan members to understand. Having recently completed his term as Chair of the OBA Pensions and Benefits Law Section, Gib- bins worked closely with his executive to refine the OBA's pension education programs and introduced new initiatives to enhance the OBA's public affairs out- reach. In 2017, Gibbins was appointed to the FSCO Legal Advisory Committee, where he provides advice to the Deputy Superintendent of Pensions. He also ac- tively participates in the CCCA Mentor- ing Program. | RISING STARS |

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