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Francesco Gucciardo

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2004

Francesco is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Practice Group Leader of the Tax Group and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Group. His practice focuses on corporate transactions for both public and private companies in the domestic and international sphere. 

Francesco’s clients rely on his sophisticated knowledge of domestic and international tax to further their business objectives. A prolific writer and speaker, he stays current on emerging issues and proactively works to keep his clients informed of opportunities and potential challenges.

Francesco has extensive experience in areas of corporate mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and divestitures, divisive reorganizations, structured finance, income funds, REITs, structuring Canadian inbound investment, private equity investment, structuring executive compensation plans, partnership agreements and joint ventures. He frequently advises international clients on doing business in Canada.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Tax Law
  • Stikeman Elliott/Carswell National Tax Award for performance in courses related to taxation
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Award in Advanced Taxation for performance in courses on advanced corporate taxation
  • Gowlings LLP Prize in Securities Regulation for performance in courses on securities regulation
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize for aggregate performance in all courses related to business and corporate law

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Francesco has written articles and spoken at different venues regarding cross-border and domestic tax issues.


  • International Bar Association, Officer of the Taxes Committee
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • International Fiscal Association (U.S. and Canadian Branches)
  • American Bar Association 

Representative Matters

Advised Putman Investments Inc., a Canadian-based, family-owned enterprise, on its acquisition of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.


  • LLB, University of Windsor, 2003
  • BA (Hons), Queen's University, 2000