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.

  • 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


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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Tax Law)

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

  • 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

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Co-presenter: Reconsidering Tax Policy, Principles and Administration in Today's Environment
2016 Annual Conference, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Calgary, Alberta, June 15, 2016.
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