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Alain Ranger Montréal Partner/Associé

Alain Ranger

Partner Fasken
Canada has always encouraged foreign investment. Virtually all government activity has been adapted in order to encourage trade relations and respond to market needs.
Jurisdiction Québec, 1982
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal


Alain Ranger has been practising tax law for more than 35 years, more specifically tax law as it relates to corporate and business law. Over the years, Alain has developed a reputation for expertise in a variety of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, corporate restructurings, foreign investments, structured financings, and corporate tax.


Alain successfully develops and implements tax optimization strategies for public and private clients, domestic and international. In disputes, Alain's expertise is also sought to negotiate with tax and para-tax authorities.


As an intermediary, Alain's interventions have resulted in a number of major legislative amendments for the benefit of his clients.


In addition to being recognized for his knowledge, Alain is appreciated for his responsiveness, his solid understanding of business issues and the needs of his clients, and his pragmatism.


Alain is a former officer (2002-2006, 2009-2010 & 2012-2015) and Co-Chair (2016-2017) of the Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and he was elected as member of the Council of the Legal Practice Division (LPD) of the International Bar Association (IBA) for the years 2019 to 2022.


Alain received and has maintained for over 20 years the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating (AV Preeminent) for a lawyer, and is continuously recognized as a tax expert and a leading tax lawyer in Canada by several Canadian and British legal directories.


Client Work

  • Fielmann Group acquires Eyevious Style Incorporated,
  • Alfar Capital and Walter Capital Partners acquired MSP Corp and combined it with Groupe Access,
  • Equisoft secures $125M in equity investment,
  • Functionalab completes merger with FYi Medical Aesthetics, creating the largest network of premium aesthetic medicine clinics in Canada,
  • Nalcor Energy completes additional C$1 billion financing of the Muskrat Falls Project,
  • Sale of NSGold Corporation,
  • BonLook, a Quebec-based company known for its fashionable styles and technological approach to eyewear, sale to FYidoctors, Canada’s leading diverse healthcare organization, backed by L-Catterton,
  • Pacteon Corporation, a global leader in end-of-line packaging automation, through its subsidiary, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, in its acquisition of Phoenix Wrappers ULC,
  • Agropur Cooperative concluded an agreement with Lactalis Canada Inc. to sell all shares of its Canadian yogurt business, Ultima Foods Inc.,

Career & Education


  • LLM, Master’s degree, Tax Law option University of Toronto
  • LL.L. Université de Sherbrooke

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Québec Bar
  • Bar of Montréal
  • Canadian Bar Association, tax section (Québec division)
  • Member of the Legal Practice Division (LPD) Council, International Bar Association (IBA) [2019-2022]
  • Taxes Committee, International Bar Association (IBA) (Former officer [2005-2006, 2009-2010 & 2012-2015] and Co-Chair [2016-2017])
  • American Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Member and former governor (2000-2003), Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Association de planification fiscale et financière
  • Former member, External consultative committee of the Director of the Montréal Tax Services Office, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Former trainer, Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and Québec Bar
  • Former trainer, Canada Revenue Agency




Article Is Incorporation Right for my Situation From a Tax Point of View? or "What Brokers Acting on behalf of an Agency Should Know Before Planning to Practice Through a Corporation"

Speaking Engagements

Taxation of Renewable Energy Projects Co-chair at the 10th U.S. - Latin America Tax Planning Strategies organized by the American Bar Association. location location Miami Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Foreign exchange tax issues Presented at 6th Annual IBA Tax Conference : Current International Tax Issues in Cross-Border Corporate Finance and Capital Markets organized by the International Bar Association - Taxation Section. location location London


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