Lawyer Profile Detail
University of Toronto
Mark Firman is a partner in our Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation Group in Toronto.
Mr. Firman advises on all aspects of pensions, benefits, and executive compensation. In particular, Mr. Firman is regularly involved with:
- pension, benefit, and incentive plans in mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs;
- pension fund investments, including real estate, private equity, and socially responsible investment;
- pension de-risking and defined benefit to defined contribution conversions;
- pension plan and trust fund governance; and
- stock options and other equity incentive plans.
Mr. Firman also writes extensively. Most recently, his articles and commentary have been published in Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Review, International Pension Lawyer, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. As well, Mr. Firman contributes a regular column for Benefits Canada and sits on that publication’s "Pensions & Benefits Expert Panel". He regularly speaks at conferences, seminars, and private governance training sessions.
In 2013, the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association awarded Mr. Firman its biennial Tony Thurnham Award for his article "Canadian Employee Life and Health Trusts", which he co-authored with Gregory Winfield.
In the current edition of Chambers Canada, Mr. Firman is named as an Associate to Watch in the area of pensions and benefits.
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.
Old Wine in New Bottles: Ontario’s 2016 Budget Re-Announces Previous Pension and Benefit Proposals
Ontario’s 2015 Budget: Pension Reforms of the Past, Present and Future
Federal Government Announces Amendments to the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations
Ontario Budget 2014: The Pension Budget
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
McCarthy Tétrault lawyers receive IPEBLA Tony Thurnham Award
Transactions & Cases
AccorHotels acquires three iconic hotel brands - Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel
Sun Life Financial Acquires the Bentall Kennedy Group
Direct Energy sells its Ontario home and small commerical services business to Enercare for C$550 million
Fairfax leads investor group in US$1.25 billion investment in BlackBerry
Leon's completes C$700 million acquisition of The Brick
Olympus Partners completes US$551 million acquisition of Centerplate
Olympus Partners completes acquisition of Waddington North America