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 and Canada-U.S. cross-border transactions. Robert's practice also encompasses all stages of tax dispute resolution, from dealing with tax authority audits and Canadian Competent Authority processes to litigating in court.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Principal consultant to the Province of British Columbia on its unlimited liability company legislation

  • 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:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2019-2020 (Tax Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019 (Controversy)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate Tax, Derivative Instruments, and Litigation - Corporate Tax)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Tax)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Tax)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Tax)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Tax)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2017-2018 (Corporate Tax and Derivative Instruments)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Corporate Tax)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Tax)

  • The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Tax)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Tax)

  • Chambers Canada 2018 (Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Tax)

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

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

  • 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)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016

  • Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2016

  • International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards, September 2014 - Tax Court of Canada Firm of the Year (Blake, Cassels & Graydon)

  • International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards, September 2013 - Americas Energy Tax Deal of the Year (CNOOC acquisition of Nexen)

PUBLICATIONS
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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.
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: 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.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Presenter: Tax Planning Considerations for the Acquisition, Holding and Financing of Canadian Businesses by United States Residents.
British Columbia Tax Conference, 1997.
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.
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