Michael draws on his in-depth understanding of tax and corporate law to help clients take advantage of business opportunities and develop strategies to mitigate tax. He advises a wide range of clients across Canada and internationally.
Michael is a member of the firm’s Tax and Estates & Trusts Groups. His practice involves personal and corporate tax planning, shareholder disputes and remediation, succession planning, corporate reorganizations, restructuring and cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience advising on inbound and outbound tax structuring; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporate financings; investment fund structuring and taxation; tax controversy resolution; and private client services.
Awards & Recognition
Recognized in TheBest Lawyers in Canada for his expertise in Tax Law
Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP)
Stikeman Elliot/Carswell National Tax Award
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Canadian Tax Foundation
International Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Manitoba Bar Association
Past Course Contributor, Corporate Tax, Faculty of Law (University of Manitoba).
Past Co-Instructor, Corporations II, Faculty of Law (University of Manitoba).
Selected Speaking Engagements
Co-Speaker, "Post Mortem Planning – Where Are We Now?," CALU 2023 Conference & AGM, 2023.
Co-Moderator and Presenter, “Update on Tax Issues in the Transportation Industry,” Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Conference, 2019.
Co-Author, "Transfers of Partnership-Owned Insurance on Cessation of the Partnership," Thomson Reuters Federated Press Insurance Planning – Volume XXVIII, No.4, October 27, 2023.
Chartered Professional Accountants Canada – Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business Course
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants – Corporate Reorganizations Course
CPA In-Depth Tax Course Parts I, II and III
Canadian Bar Association – Tax Law For Lawyers
LLB, University of Manitoba, 2004
Canadian Securities Course (Hons.)
B.Comm. (Hons.) in Finance (with Distinction), University of Manitoba, 1999