Canada: Corporate Tax 2018

Our research sees 83 practitioners highlighted in this chapter for their outstanding work across a range of domestic and international corporate tax matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Al Meghji Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
2. Jack Bernstein Aird & Berlis LLP, Toronto
3. Jerald M Wortsman Torys LLP, Toronto
4. Firoz Ahmed Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
5. Carrie Smit Goodmans LLP, Toronto
6. Steve Suarez Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
7. John G Lorito Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon sees an impressive 11 lawyers from across its offices highlighted in our guide.
Jeffrey Trossman is an excellent corporate tax lawyer who receives widespread praise from respondents for his work on issues arising from foreign and inbound investment and cross-border M&A.
Kathleen Penny commands great respect from colleagues in the field who rate her highly for her work on tax matters concerning corporate financings, reorganisations and private equity transactions.
Robert Kopstein “stands out in the field” according to commentators who consider him “a smart lawyer” who “has a lot of big clients”. They add he is someone they “always enjoy working with” on matters including resource taxation and structured financings.
Scott Wilkie is an impressive practitioner who sources praise for his great expertise on issues relating to transfer pricing matters.
Paul Stepak is a widely recognised figure in the Canadian tax space where he comes highly recommended for his strong understanding of cross-border and domestic tax planning.  
Nancy Diep is a firm favourite among clients who praise her excellent work advising on sophisticated resource taxation matters.  
Edwin Kroft QC
is a first-rate advocate who is highly respected by market commentators for his expertise handling contentious tax matters and litigation proceedings.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt sees seven practitioners listed in this chapter for their excellent work in the space.
Al Meghji is rated by sources as one of Canada’s foremost corporate tax lawyers. He is recognised for his expert handling of contentious issues and is regarded by peers as “the most famed tax litigator” in the country.
Firoz Ahmed is commended for his “fantastic practice” and stands out among peers for his strong expertise handling the tax aspects of acquisitions, financings and corporate restructurings.
Patrick Marley is widely respected for his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate tax law, offering clients specialist understanding of issues relating to cross-border tax planning and corporate finance.
Monica Biringer is highly sought after by clients who praise her impressive work advising on corporate reorganisations and tax litigation.
Mark Brender enjoys a great reputation in the Canadian market for his outstanding experience on matters ranging from cross-border tax planning and transfer pricing to corporate reorganisations.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg achieves eight nominations in this chapter.
Ian Crosbie is an outstanding professional who excels across a range of matters including private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions.
John Ulmer receives plaudits this year for his wealth of experience on international investment and related tax issues. He is particularly adept on matters relating to the real estate industry.
Brian Bloom is a tax specialist who stands out in the Canadian market for his strong expertise in international tax planning and transfer pricing matters.
Elie Roth wins high praise from market commentators who commend his excellent work advising clients on tax planning as well as tax litigation.

Bennett Jones is home to four outstanding practitioners highlighted in this year’s research. 
Darcy Moch is “one of the deans of the bar in Calgary” according to market players. He runs an enviable practice that sees him involved in tax matters arising from corporate reorganisations and asset-based finance.
Claire Kennedy is “a real star” in the field of corporate tax who wins praise from peers for her “great practice”, which provides specialist expertise on issues relating to transfer pricing.
Thomas Bauer receives much commendation in our research this year. He is adept on corporate reorganisations and mergers, with additional experience representing clients in front of the Canada Revenue Agency and Federal Court.
Stephen Bowman is “an outstanding lawyer” who is recognised by market sources for his deep expertise in both domestic and international tax planning. 

At Torys, Jerald Wortsman is a distinguished practitioner who receives outstanding praise from peers. His practice is one of the most highly respected in the country, offering clients insight into the tax aspects of M&A and corporate reorganisations.
Corrado Cardarelli commands great respect from respondents who praise his superb experience in a transfer pricing, international tax planning and real estate investment.

At Goodmans, Carrie Smit receives widespread recognition in our research for her leading expertise on cross-border financings and mergers.
Alan Bowman is praised for his “knowledge of the intricacies of tax” that “allow him to come up with creative solutions to solve difficult problems”. One client states: “One of the things I really like about Alan is his balance between the theoretical and practical”.
Mitchell Sherman wins commendations for his depth of capability in acquisitions and divestitures as well as his great understanding of corporate tax law.
Jon Northup is also recognised in this chapter for his impressive work in the tax arena, most notably in relation to corporate acquisitions.

Stikeman Elliott’s John Lorito is one of the most prominent practitioners in the Canadian corporate tax space. His practice covers the gamut of tax matters with expertise in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, REITS and corporate reorganisations.
Dean Kraus is also recommended by a high number of sources this year for his impressive work handling complex tax matters relating to spin-offs, cross-border M&A and corporate reorganisations.

McCarthy Tétrault’s Christian Meighen has “great skills to negotiate a favourable outcome” and is praised for his “out of the box thinking, in-depth knowledge and practical approach" to complex tax matters.
Gabrielle Richards is an excellent corporate tax lawyer who commands great respect from colleagues in the field. She is adept on tax issues arising from corporate transactions and reorganisations.
Douglas Cannon is a well-recognised practitioner who is identified by market players for his great work on matters such as M&A, reorganisations, transfer pricing and investments.

At Thorsteinssons, Ian Gamble wins high praise from market observers. His practice focuses on tax issues relating to cross-border financing and M&A and he is particular expertise in the mining industry.
Michael Colborne is a taxation specialist who stands out among peers for his expertise handling a range of contentious matters before superior courts in Canada. One sources notes, “He has a fantastic client base in the natural resources area.”
Michael McLaren is well known among market sources for his expertise in international tax planning matters, an area in which he frequently counsels both domestic and foreign corporate clients.

The "knowledgeable, reliable and creative" Jack Bernstein at Aird & Berlis is an "outstanding" name in the Canadian market for his superb work in advisory and transactional tax matters.

At Borden Ladner Gervais, Steve Suarez enjoys an excellent reputation in the Canadian market for his vast experience on cross-border outbound and inbound acquisitions and is also recognised for his work on contentious tax matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Wilfrid Lefebvre QC is “one of the leading tax litigators in the country” according to commentators. He is adept on issues arising from transfer pricing and international treaties.

At Couzin Taylor, Angelo Nikolakakis is highlighted by sources for his wide-ranging expertise in domestic and international corporate tax. He excels on matters that relate to divestitures, M&A and cross-border investment.


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