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Jack Bernstein

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1979

Jack is one of Canada’s preeminent tax lawyers. He is a prolific writer and speaker and is internationally-recognized for excellent service and delivering practical and innovative advice that his clients can trust. Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2017 describes him as “the leading Canadian tax adviser” with an "unparalleled profile" in the market and ranked him among the top ten recommended tax lawyers in the world,” and Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 comments that “He is extremely strong – a number of players rated him as the star of the tax bar.” He is commended for his knowledge of the local market, outstanding legal ability and responsiveness. 

An authority on multijurisdictional matters, he regularly contributes to leading tax publications globally, including Tax Notes International, and has been actively involved at a senior level in several international and Canadian tax organizations, including being a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Former Chair Foreign Lawyers Forum, American Bar Association, Former Global Co-Chair Taxation Committee International Bar Association, and Member of Council International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch). 

Jack is the senior tax partner and Chair of the firm's International Tax practice as well as a member of the firm’s Tax Group, Tax Litigation Group and Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Team. He is well known in international tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations, and financing. Jack is experienced in dealing with public and private corporations and has advised hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds. He also has extensive expertise in cross-border estate planning and frequently advises international clients on doing business in Canada.

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in the prestigious Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Canadian tax lawyer and Chambers HNW: The World's Leading High Net Worth Advisers for his expertise in private wealth law
  • Recognized as a leader in Corporate Tax in three Who's Who Legal publications: Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax (One of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals and the Top Thought Leader in North America), The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Noted in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in Tax
  • Chosen to appear in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers
  • Named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for earning the highest level of professional skill and integrity in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Received the highest rating for legal ability as well as an extremely high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Corporate Tax and Estate & Personal Tax Planning
  • Appeared in The Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Corporate Tax
  • Appeared in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Corporate Tax
  • Listed in the Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining Special Edition
  • Former Co-Chair of the Taxes Committee, International Bar Association
  • Former Governor, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member of the Council, International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch)
  • Former Chair, Foreign Lawyers Forum - Taxation Section, American Bar Association (Recognized by the ABA, Section of Taxation, for distinguished service as Chair of the Foreign Lawyers Forum Committee)

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Jack is the author of four and editor of two CCH books.
  • He has been a regular contributor to Canadian Tax Highlights, a newsletter published by the Canadian Tax Foundation, and is a Canadian correspondent for Tax Notes International, a leading U.S. tax publication and the author of two newsletters - CCH's Tax Profile which is distributed nationally and Aird & Berlis LLP’s Taxline which is distributed internationally.
  • Jack has also written many articles for a number of other contemporary tax-related publications, including: The Canadian Tax Journal, CAmagazine, Tax Management International Journal, The Bulletin (a publication of the International Fiscal Association), The Journal of International Taxation, World Tax Report and Derivatives and Financial Instruments (IBFD).

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • International Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch)
  • Quebec Bar Association 
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada)
 

Education

  • Admitted to the Quebec Bar
  • LLB, McGill University
  • BCL, McGill University