Mintz continues Toronto expansion with partner hire from Wildeboer Dellelce

Tax expert Katy Pitch is the 17th lawyer to join in Toronto since March office launch

Katy Pitch led Wildeboer Dellelce’s tax practice Photo courtesy of Mintz

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has hired tax lawyer Katy Pitch from Wildeboer Dellelce as the US firm seeks to expand its recently opened office in Toronto.

Pitch joins as a partner, bringing with her almost two decades of experience in domestic and cross-border corporate tax law for public and private companies. She regularly advises businesses in the financial services, consumer products, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and energy industries, among others. Her expertise spans a range of tax issues, including corporate transactions, executive compensation work and matters related to the digital economy.

Bob Bodian, Mintz’s managing member, said: “Katy is a skilled tax partner with a wealth of experience advising clients on a wide range of transactions. Her expertise in areas such as M&A, investment funds and emerging companies perfectly align with our firm’s strategic priorities and will be of great value to our clients seeking sophisticated tax advice.”

Pitch arrives at Mintz after six years as a partner at Wideboer Dellelce where she established and led its tax practice, having previously spent 13 years at Stikeman Elliott, all in Toronto.

Mintz launched in Toronto in March, led by five new arrivals from firms including Torys, Dentons and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The founding members included Michael Akkawi, Mitch Frazer and Cheryl Reicin, who led Torys’ private equity and fund formation, pensions and employment, and life sciences practices respectively. The founding members also included capital markets and M&A lawyer Eric Foster, who joined from Dentons, and life sciences IP lawyer Lee Johnson, who joined from Wilson Sonsini.

At the time, Frazer, who is the Toronto office’s managing partner, said: “All of us look forward to building an office in Toronto aligned with the Mintz culture: entrepreneurial and collaborative, nimble and forward-thinking. This will be a new kind of law firm in Canada and will be more reflective of who we are and the clients we represent in Canada, the US and beyond.”

The firm has since added another trio of senior lawyers from Torys – Matthew Atkey, Brad Tartick and Bernard Kwasniewski – as well as corporate lawyer Matthew Imrie from Dentons.

The Toronto office is Mintz’s first in Canada, adding to its six US offices.

Last November, UK law firm DWF entered the Canadian market through a tie-up with Vancouver independent Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation.

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