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Barbara Worndl

Partner* Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1985
*Practising as a professional corporation

Clients appreciate Barbara’s dedication to finding the most tax efficient structures for their business. She thrives on the complexities of tax law and the challenges that regularly arise in the space. Drawing on her many years of experience, Barbara offers practical, innovative advice tailored to her clients specific needs.

Barbara is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the firm's Tax Group. Her practice is focused on income tax with an emphasis on corporate and partnership taxation, particularly in an international and cross-border context. She has extensive experience in structuring cross-border mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Barbara's practice includes advising on structures for real estate investments and divestitures, derivative transactions, REITs and syndications. She also has experience dealing with the resolution of tax disputes, including transfer pricing. Barbara frequently advises international clients on doing business in Canada.

Barbara is a contributor to Tax Profile and TaxLine, as well as many other publications and is a regular presenter on new developments relating to tax.

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in the prestigious Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Canadian tax lawyer
  • Noted in The Legal 500 Canada for her expertise in Tax
  • Recognized as a leader in Corporate Tax in three Who's Who Legal publications: The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Chosen to appear in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers and Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Tax Law
  • Peer reviewed and BV rated in Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability as well as a very high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Barbara is a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a member of its Executive Committee.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • International Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch)

Selected Speaking Engagement

Barbara is a frequent writer and presenter on tax matters, including;

"Alternative non-treaty attacks on cross-border intercompany debt," Current International Tax Issues in Cross-Border Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, 3rd IBA/CIOT Conference, London, England, February 10-11, 2014.

"Practical Issues for U.S. Investment into Canada," 24th Annual Philadelphia Tax Conference, November 6-7, 2013.

"Cross Border Tax Update: Understanding Canadian and U.S. Taxation of Foreign Investment in Real Property," BNA-CITE 19th Annual U.S.-Canada Cross Border Conference, October 22, 2013.

"Tax Tips and Tax Traps" and "Case Studies on Small Business Problems and Solutions," Aird & Berlis LLP Tax Breakfast, October 1, 2013.

"The Taxation of Foreign Passive Income for Groups of Companies: Canadian Report," International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch): IFA 2013 Congress Reports, Montreal, May 23-24, 2013.

"Beneficial Ownership," 13th Annual Tax Planning Strategies U.S. and Europe, ABA Tax Panel, London, England, April 11-12, 2013.

"Impact of GAAR on Financing," Current International Tax Issues in Cross-Border Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, 2nd IBA/CIOT Conference, London, England, February 11-12, 2013.

Selected Publications

Barbara is a regular contributor to various publications including;

"The Taxation of Foreign Passive Income for Groups of Companies: Canadian Report," IFA 2013 Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 25-30, 2013.

"2013 Federal Budget," co-authored with Jack Bernstein and Francesco Gucciardo, Tax Profile, June 2013.

"Update on Non-Resident Investment in Canadian Real Estate," co-authored with Jack Bernstein, Tax Notes International, May 6, 2013.

"Non-Resident Investment in Canadian Real Estate," co-authored with Jack Bernstein, Tax Profile, March 2013.

Recent Developments

Publications Article Jul 18, 2017 Tax News Flash - Changes to the Income Tax Act

Education

  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1983
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1980