Reya Ali-Dabydeen


Reya, a partner of EY Law LLP and a limited partner of EY, advises a broad range of financial services clients on structuring cross-border transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and financing transactions in a tax-effective manner.


  • Extensive experience in international tax structuring/financings both into and out from Canada, demutualizations, foreign bank and insurance branches, loss utilization and establishing trading operations.
  • Capital markets experience includes debt financings, bond trades, derivatives and other securities lending transactions.
  • Works primarily with banks, insurers and asset managers in the financial services industry; currently the tax partner assigned to a number of Canadian and foreign banks and insurance companies, including the global account lead partner on a leading Canadian bank.
  • Clients include multinational corporations, several Schedule I banks, domestic insurers, and other financial services sector corporations, including a number of foreign non-resident insurers and banks.


  • Barrister & Solicitor of the Bar of Ontario
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), York University. Concentration: History

Professional Accomplishments

  • Has been published in both the Canadian Tax Journal and the Canadian Tax Foundation Conference and has presented at the Tax Foundation Conference.
  • Has tutored extensively at various levels over the years at the CICA In-Depth Tax Courses.


Select Publications

  • Published on the Domestication of Insurance Companies in the Canadian Tax Journal, 2003
  • Assisted R.D. Ashton, “Financing Foreign Affiliates: Foreign Exchange Issues” Paper at the 1999 Canadian Tax Foundation Conference
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions” Osgoode Hall Continuing Education Seminar, January 1999
  • With Michael J. O’Connor & Roger Ashton, “Financial Institutions: Recent Developments” 1997 Conference Report (Canadian Tax Foundation)
  • Assisted M.J. O’Connor, “Tax Aspects of Demutualizations” 1997 Hartford Insurance Conference, Prague
  • With Roger Ashton, “Tax Effective Debt Financing Transactions” Infonex, May 1997 & “Leasing: Recent Development” 1997 Corporate Tax Management Conference
  • Assisted on various other Infonex, Canadian Institute and Insight papers including updating the CICA Advanced course materials on International Taxation and Corporate Finance and various internal seminars
  • Review & edit: “Taxation” in Tax Planned Will Precedents, (Carswell, 1997); Armstrong, Estate Planning, Ch. 5 “Taxation” (Carswell, 1996); Pask & Haas, Division of Pensions, Ch. X, “Taxation” (Carswell, 1996)
  • Case law editor, The Canadian Tax Handbook 1994-95 (Carswell). Editor: J. Hobbs
  • Assisted A.H. Kingissepp on "Tax Considerations relevant to Financing of Canadian Subsidiary by a Non-resident Parent" (May, 1992) given at the Canadian Institute
  • Assisted A.H. Kingissepp on "Management and Service Fees", Journal of International Taxation, 1992


  • Member of Tax committee of CASLA (securities lending)
  • Active in the tax officers section of the CLHIA (life insurance)
  • Member, CIAA (P&C Insurance)
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation