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Faculté de droit

Université McGill

Admission au barreau

Ontario, 1984
British Columbia, 1995
Alberta, 2006

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Robert is a versatile and strategic tax lawyer who delivers practical solutions tailored to clients’ unique commercial needs

Robert Kopstein is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s National Tax Group. Largely focused on advising oil and gas clients across Western Canada, he delivers deep and diverse tax expertise spanning advisory, tax planning and dispute resolution. 

Robert’s practice covers all stages of tax dispute resolution, from dealing with audits and Canadian Competent Authority processes to litigating in court. It also includes domestic and international taxation, M&A, resource taxation, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations, structured finance and Canada-U.S. cross-border transactions.

« He has our best interests at heart. »
Chambers Global

Robert’s experience and connections are deeply rooted in industries leading the Canadian economy, where clients rely on his strategic oversight and guidance to navigate complex tax planning and high-profile tax litigation matters. His experience includes:

  • Principal consultant to the Province of British Columbia on its unlimited liability company legislation

  • CNOOC Nexen Finance (2014) ULC and CNOOC Nexen ULC on offering of US$4-billion of guaranteed notes 

  • Counsel to Spruce Credit Union on its successful GAAR appeal in the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal

  • Nexen Inc. on the C$15.1-billion acquisition of Nexen by CNOOC

  • ExxonMobil Canada on C$3.1-billion acquisition of Celtic Exploration

  • Pembina Pipeline on the C$3.8-billion acquisition of Provident Energy

  • Suncor on the C$515-million acquisition of Total E&P's interest in the Voyageur Upgrading Limited Partnership

  • Suncor on the $6 billion acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands

  • Jinchuan Mining on its acquisition of Continental Minerals

  • Husky Energy on the US$2-billion acquisition of Lima Refinery

  • Husky Energy on the US$11-billion oil sands joint venture with British Petroleum

  • Precision Drilling Corporation on its US$1.2-billion purchase of Grey Wolf

  • Husky Energy on the C$4.2-billion take-over of Renaissance Energy

  • TC Energy Corporation on its sale of a 65 per cent equity stake in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project to KKR and AIMCo

Robert is a contributing author of Report to the United Nations Ad Hoc Group of Experts on International Cooperation on Tax Matters. He is also the principal Canadian contributor to the Bloomberg BNA Global Tax Guide and Tax Planning for International Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Restructurings. He has published numerous papers for Canadian Tax Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Tax Executives Institute, the Young Presidents' Organization, the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and various other professional organizations.