Canada: Private Client 2018

In this chapter we recognise 36 practitioners for their work advising clients on wealth and private tax matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Pamela L Cross Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
2. Martin J Rochwerg Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto
3. Paul Gibney Thorsteinssons LLP, Toronto
4. Elena M Hoffstein Fasken, Toronto

Fasken is a leading firm in the area and sees five practitioners recognised here.
Elena Hoffstein is described by sources a “well-known, top-tier practitioner”. She is recognised for her impressive practice that focuses on estate and succession planning as well as wills and trusts.
Corina Weigl is widely regarded as a seasoned and adept practitioner who impresses interviewees with her work on business succession planning as well as her deep understanding of tax and regulatory regimes.
Maureen Berry advises foreign and domestic clients on matters relating to trust structuring, estate planning and wills, with sources describing her as a “super top-tier lawyer”.
Edgar Frechette is highlighted by peers as “an excellent practitioner” for his work in the private client space, where he advises on estate planning and taxation issues.
Howard Carr is commended for his extensive experience advising clients on issues such as business succession planning, estate planning and international will planning.

Miller Thomson sees three individuals recognised in this chapter.
Martin Rochwerg is an expert in tax and estate planning matters, advising clients on both administration and dispute resolution. He is well respected among peers who consider him “an excellent practitioner”.
Rosanne Rocchi focuses her practice on trust and estate planning, and is highly sought after for her experience advising on trusts, pensions and succession planning. 
William Fowlis QC is highly regarded among peers for the first-rate advice he delivers to clients on taxation, trust, succession and estate planning issues.

Thorsteinssons is another strong firm in the market with three practitioners nominated.
Paul Gibney is a highly rated private client specialist, who focuses his practice on providing personal, corporate and trust structuring advice for individuals and businesses on a domestic and international scale.
David Baxter advises on complex private client issues that often involve cross-border elements, impressing sources with his understanding of matters such as estate planning and international trust structures.
David Thompson has over three decades of experience in taxation planning and advisory work, and regularly counsels clients on taxation elements of estate planning and trust structuring.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg achieves three listings this year.
Elie Roth is recognised as a standout private client practitioner, who possesses a deep understanding of domestic and international tax regimes.
Rhonda Rudick is a tax specialist who impresses sources with her extensive knowledge of taxation issues relating to individual succession planning and corporate reorganisations.
Timothy Youdan excels in both contentious and non-contentious matters and frequently advises clients that range from high-net-worth individuals to trusts.

At Borden Ladner Gervais, Pamela Cross is one of the leading lights in the private client market. She is described by sources as “an outstanding practitioner” known for her particular expertise in tax issues and succession planning.

Arthur Fish is an expert in advising on family wealth and draws praise for his work on issues including estate planning, trust creation and guardianship.

At Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, Martin Lord excels in providing high-quality advice on tax matters and succession planning, impressing with his knowledge of trusts and wills.

Marilyn Piccini Roy leads the firm’s estate, wills and trusts practice and is recognised for her deep expertise in wealth management and succession planning matters.

Margaret O'Sullivan at O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers is “very well known” in the market as a trust and estate specialist. She wins praise for her dedicated practice and in-depth knowledge of the field.

At McCarthy Tétrault, Hilary Laidlaw specialises in estate and trusts matters, impressing sources her excellent work on contentious and non-contentious issues including estate litigation, planning and administration.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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