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AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Toronto
Mark Firman is an Associate in our Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation Group in Toronto.
Mr. Firman advises on all aspects of pensions, benefits and executive compensation, including related taxation and trust law issues. In particular, Mr. Firman is regularly involved with pension and benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions, stock options and other equity incentive plans, pension plan investments, pension de-risking and pension plan governance.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Mr. Firman practised as a pension and benefits lawyer at a major labour and employment law boutique firm.
Mr. Firman has been published in Benefits Canada, Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Review, International Pension Lawyer, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. In addition, Mr. Firman regularly speaks about pension and benefit law issues. Most recently, he has presented on pension plans in business transactions at Federated Press’s 8th Pension Law & Litigation course and on fiduciary duties at Federated Press’s 21st Essential Skills for Pension Committee Members course. In 2013, the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association awarded Mr. Firman its Tony Thurnham Award for his article “Canadian Employee Life and Health Trusts”, which he co-authored with Gregory Winfield.
Mr. Firman received his B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University in 2005 (where he medaled); his J.D. (with honours) from the University of Toronto in 2008 (where he was Senior Editor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review); and a Certificate in Pension Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2009.
2013 Labour & Employment Client Conference - British Columbia
8th Pension Law & Litigation
Supreme Court of Canada Releases Decision in Indalex
Pensions, Benefits, & Executive Compensation
21st Essential Skills for Pension Committee Members
The First Wave of Federal PRPP Regulations
10th Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement
Québec’s 2012-13 Budget: The Next Step Towards Pooled Registered Pension Plans
New Priorities? The Ontario Superior Court Applies Indalex and Reaches a Different Result
Indalex Case to Be Heard by Supreme Court of Canada
McCarthy Tétrault lawyers receive IPEBLA Tony Thurnham Award
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