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Blakes hires two litigators

Canadian law firm Blake Cassels & Graydon has taken two tax litigators from rival McCarthy Tétrault.

Ed Kroft QC, a prominent tax litigator, and Deborah Toaze, another tax litigation partner, started on June 21.

Kroft is heading up Blakes' national tax controversy and tax litigation practice from the firm's Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary offices. Toaze is based in Vancouver.

In addition to litigating in the country's major courts, Kroft conducts audit and appeals work and deals with tax authorities in and outside Canada on tax treaty and transfer pricing matters.

Toaze is a lawyer and chartered accountant who acts in disputes involving transfer pricing as well as the taxation of financial institutions and financial products. She has previously worked in industry posts.

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