Chris Van Loan
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2687

Chris practises income taxation law and provides tax advice on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including financings, corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, particularly those involving foreign affiliates and outbound structures.

He has also acted for numerous domestic and foreign financial institutions with respect to a wide range of issues, including the taxation of global trading, derivatives, securities lending and other capital market transactions.


Representative transactions include advising:

  • Acted for Element Financial Corporation on public financings involving convertible debentures, subscription receipts and preferred shares aggregating more than C$2.8-billion and various other transactions for Element

  • Acted for underwriters in connection with C$1-billion public offering of REIT units and debentures of Choice REIT and follow-on offerings of partnership notes and debentures

  • TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its privatization by PD Kanco LP and Starlight Investments Ltd. for aggregate purchase price of approximately C$1.03-billion
  • The initial public offering by Starlight U.S.Multi-Family Core Fund in the amount of approximately US$75-million
  • The underwriters in connection with the initial public offering by Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust of approximately $113.7-million
  • The underwriters in connection with the initial public offering by American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP of approximately $113.7-million

Chris is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Tax Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Tax Law)

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

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

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers 2015

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Co-author: Mark-to-Market Disallowed for Forex Option
Corporate Finance, pp. 2706-2708, Volume XX, No. 1, 2015.
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Speaker: Taxation of Securities Lending
PIAC 2017 Tax Forum, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, November 22, 2017.
Co-presenter: Workshop on the Taxation of Derivatives and Tax Features of the ISDA Master Agreement
Canadian Tax Foundation's 69th Annual Tax Conference, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, November 19, 2017.
Co-presenter: Selected Tax Issues Involving Foreign Currency
2017 Tax Officers Annual Conference, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Ottawa, Ontario, May 16-18, 2017.
Lecturer: The Taxation of Non-Resident Trusts
Masters of Law in Taxation, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario May 28, 2016.
Co-speaker: Issues for Insurers Structuring or Investing in Investment Funds
Tax Officers Annual Conference 2016, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, St. John's, Newfoundland, May 18, 2016.
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