Audrey GibeaultPartner, CPA, CA, M. FISC.

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Audrey Gibeault is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group specializing in tax law. In addition to being a lawyer and having a master’s degree in taxation, she is also a chartered accountant, giving her a much broader perspective as a multi-disciplinary advisor. As a legal partner and trusted business advisor, she assists clients in planning and implementing various complex and innovative commercial, corporate and tax structures. Her clients are loyal to her and entrust her with their most important transactions, including acquisitions, the sale of their businesses, implementation of profit-sharing plans for their employees, creation of discretionary family trusts and estate planning.

Because of her natural entrepreneurial spirit and strong educational skills, Audrey is very good at advising senior executives and entrepreneurs and assisting them in achieving their business objectives. She makes use of her extensive expertise in law, accounting, taxation and knowledge of market trends when negotiating and implementing transactions, strategic alliances and commercial agreements for her clients.

Audrey also has good oratorical skills, making her an outstanding speaker. She has a passionate personality and a very practical side, enabling her to give effective and persuasive advice.

Representative mandates

  • Tax advisor in the creation of three private Canadian infrastructure investment funds and a U.S. infrastructure investment fund established as public-private partnerships managed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure and the closing of subscriptions in the capital of those funds totalling more than $1 billion
  • Advisor to the Black Diamond Capital Management private investment fund in the asset acquisition of the White Birch Paper company (transaction valued at $236 million) and the establishment of their tax affairs in Québec including corporate taxes, GST, QST, and payroll deductions
  • Tax advisor to the CH Group (owner of the Montréal Canadiens) regarding its indirect acquisition of the share capital of Équipe Spectra and subsidiaries (which operate Spectra Musique, the Metropolis concert hall in Montréal, and Spectra Marketing). Équipe Spectra developed the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal, and Montréal en lumière.
  • Represent foreign clients wishing to do business in Canada
  • Advise a large SME regarding the restructuring of its activities and the optimization of its tax structure, including the creation of a trust
  • Represent several U.S. companies doing business in Canada or acquiring companies
  • Advisor in the reorganization of family businesses to transfer them to the next generation or to members of the management team
  • Represent several clients and a large municipality in voluntary disclosure to rectify the tax situation of taxpayers
  • Advise a group of Korean companies in dismantling their Canadian structure using a tax “bump”

Publications

  • Author, “Unexpected Application of Part XII.2 Tax to a Canadian Personal Trust,” Canadian Tax Focus, May 2013
  • Coauthor, “Règles canadiennes qui s’appliquent à des societies canadiennes faisant affaire à l’étranger”, APFF, Montréal, 2012
  • Coauthor, “Financement d’opérations à l’étranger”, 2010 Journée d’études fiscales, Association canadienne d’études fiscales, 2010

Seminars and Lectures

  • Course entitled “Aspects juridiques et fiscaux visés au transfert d’entreprise” given at the Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec, 2019
  • Acted as an expert on the panel organized by the Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec and the Institute for Leadership addressed to participants in the purchase and sale of businesses to enable them to obtain a certificate in the transfer of businesses, 2019
  • Speaker on several occasions on “Pièges à éviter entourant la fiscalité des employés à commission”, RBC financial planners convention, 2019
  • Co-speaker for a presentation entitled “Nouveautés en droit corporatif” at the symposium organized by Wolters, 2019
  • Speaker for the Groupement des chefs d’entreprises du Québec on tax planning for purposes of the sale of a business (2 seminars), 2019
  • Speaker on the topic of “5 choses à savoir en démarrage et en croissance” on the main stage of Expo Entrepreneurs, 2019 edition
  • Seminar for the organization Leadership au Féminin addressed to young female lawyers, 2019
  • Speaker, “Planification successorale et transition de l’entreprise : enjeux financiers, fiscaux et familiaux”, Groupement des chefs d’entreprise du Québec, 2018
  • Co-speaker on the topic of “La fiducie familiale et autres nouveautés – qu’en reste-t-il du budget Morneau?” for the Montreal CPA Group, 2018
  • Co-speaker, “Transfert et relève de moyennes entreprises”, 12th M&A Club Forum, 2018
  • Co-speaker, “Pièges à éviter en matière fiscale pour un avocat en droit des affaires”, Symposium on corporate law, 2017
  • Speaker, “Les lectures incontournables : Start with why: How great leaders inspire action”, Association of Quebec Women in Finance (AFFQ), 2017
  • Co-speaker, “Fiscalité de l’entreprise en croissance” M&A Forum, 2017
  • Co-speaker, “Nouveautés fiscales en matière d’achat/vente d’entreprise?”, M&A Club, 2017
  • Speaker, “Commencez par le pourquoi”, Convention of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance (AFFQ), 2017
  • Co-speaker “Erreurs et pièges à éviter en matière fiscale” webinar addressed to managers working for Québec municipalities, 2013
  • Speaker, “Règles canadiennes qui s’appliquent à des sociétés canadiennes faisant affaire à l’étranger”, Convention of the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), 2012

Education

  • L.L.B., Université de Montréal, 2010
  • M.A. in taxation, Université de Sherbrooke, 2009
  • Graduate diploma in public accounting, HEC Montréal, 2007
  • Chartered Accountants' Uniform Final Examination, 2007
  • B.A. in business administration, HEC Montréal, 2006

Boards and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of M&A Club,
    since 2017
  • Member and collaborator of the Professional development committee of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance, since 2014
  • Founding member of the Young Philanthropists Circle of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2012-2013
  • Member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA-CA), since 2010
  • Member and collaborator of the Succession committee of the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), 2010-2016
  • Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF)
  • Member of the Young Directors Committee of the Institute for governance of private and public organizations (IGOPP)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2011-2013
  • Member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA-CA) since 2010
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