Robert Kopstein
Partner | Calgary, Vancouver
Calgary: 403-663-2825
Vancouver: 604-631-3317

Robert practises in the areas of domestic and international taxation, mergers and acquisitions, resource taxation, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations, structured finance, Canada-U.S. cross-border transactions and tax litigation.

He is also the principal consultant to the Province of British Columbia on its unlimited liability company legislation.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • CNOOC Nexen Finance (2014) ULC and CNOOC Nexen ULC on offering of US$4-billion of guaranteed notes

  • Counsel to Spruce Credit Union on its successful GAAR appeal in the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal
  • Nexen Inc. on the C$15.1-billion acquisition of Nexen by CNOOC
  • ExxonMobil Canada on C$3.1-billion acquisition of Celtic Exploration
  • Pembina Pipeline on the C$3.8-billion acquisition of Provident Energy
  • Suncor on the C$515-million acquisition of Total E&P's interest in the Voyageur Upgrading Limited Partnership
  • Suncor on the $6 billion acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands
  • Jinchuan Mining on its acquisition of Continental Minerals
  • Husky Energy on the US$2-billion acquisition of Lima Refinery
  • Husky Energy on the US$11-billion oil sands joint venture with British Petroleum
  • Precision Drilling Corporation on its US$1.2-billion purchase of Grey Wolf
  • Husky Energy on the C$4.2-billion take-over of Renaissance Energy
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Robert is recognized as one of Canada's leading corporate tax lawyers by:

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Tax)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Tax)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Corporate Tax and Derivative Instruments)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Recommended)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2016
PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Modern Approach to Statutory Interpretation
Canadian Tax Journal, pg. 483-490, Volume 62, No. 2 (2014).
Co-author: The Meaning and Effect of the Copthorne Decision on "Series of Transactions" for the Non-GAAR Provisions of the Income Tax Act
Report of the Proceedings of the Sixty-Fourth Tax Conference, 2012 Conference Report, Canadian Tax Foundation, Vol. 12, pp. 1-37, Toronto, Ontario, 2013.
Co-author: When Should the Courts Allow Reassessments Beyond the Limitation Period?
Vol. 58, No. 3, Canadian Tax Journal, pp. 475-527, 2010.
Co-author: Foreign Exchange Issues
Presented at the Canadian Tax Foundation 55th Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, September 2003 and presented at the Canadian Tax Foundation 2003 British Columbia Tax Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2003.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-presenter: Reconsidering Tax Policy, Principles and Administration
Today's Environment 2016 Annual Conference, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Calgary, Alberta, June 15, 2016.
Co-presenter: Subparagraph 212(1)(b)(vii) Withholding Tax Exemptions
Report of Proceedings of the Fifty-Seventh Tax Conference, 2005 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2006) 15:1-44.
Co-presenter: Guaranteed to Enlighten: The Impact of Guarantees on Financing Arrangements
Report of Proceedings of the Fifty-Second Tax Conference, 2000 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2001) 22:1-37.
Presenter: Canadian and US Income Tax Issues Relating to Inbound-to-Canada Corporate Reorganizations
Report of Proceedings of the Fiftieth Tax Conference, 1998 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 1999) 49,1-73.
Presenter: Tax Planning Considerations for the Acquisition, Holding and Financing of Canadian Businesses by United States Residents.
British Columbia Tax Conference, 1997.
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