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About Lara

Lara has been practising tax law for more than 25 years. Her practice focuses on advising major Canadian and international financial institutions and institutional investors on tax issues relating to capital markets products (including derivatives, securities lending, repos, prime brokerage and linked notes), corporate finance (including credit facilities and securitizations), pension plan investments, and merger and acquisition transactions.

Lara spent the majority of her career practising tax law at another large law firm. She then joined the Canada Revenue Agency, where she drafted advance income tax rulings and technical interpretations and provided advice to auditors in respect of capital markets, corporate finance and partnership issues. Lara worked closely with the federal Department of Finance on drafting and policy aspects of proposed tax legislation. She has also considered potential GAAR (general anti-avoidance rule) files as a member of the GAAR Committee.

Before joining Blakes, Lara was vice-president of tax planning and advisory at one of Canada's largest banks. She advised on legal and reputational risk issues, focusing on capital markets transactions. She collaborated with business partners in developing capital markets products and transactions and worked extensively with U.S. and U.K. taxation teams on capital markets issues. She also led significant tax litigation matters and worked closely with industry peers to consider legislative proposals.

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Lara was an assistant professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law. She is the author of numerous articles, as well as the monograph Taxation of Corporate Finance.

Awards & Recognition

Lara is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Corporate Tax)

  • ITR World Tax 2024 (Notable Practitioner – General Corporate Tax)

Professional Activities

Lara sits on the editorial board of Corporate Finance, a Federated Press publication.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Recent Canadian Income Tax Developments
    Pension Investment Association of Canada, Tax Conference 2023, Montreal, Quebec, November 3, 2023.
  • Speaker : Mandatory Disclosure
    Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Tax Officers Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia, September 27, 2023.

LLM, York University – 2001
In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants – 1999
Admitted to the New York State Bar – 1998
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1997
LLM, Columbia University – 1996
LLB, University of Toronto – 1994
BA, McGill University – 1991

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