Craig J. Webster  

Partner

Executive Summary

Craig Webster is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is the Toronto Tax Group Leader. Craig practises tax law with an emphasis on investment funds and structuring investment products. He is also experienced in the areas of derivatives, income trusts and REITs, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and charities and non-profits.

Representative Work

  • Dealing with all tax aspects of investment funds, including tax effective structuring techniques.
  • Structuring and creation of income trusts and REITs and the tax aspects of their operations.
  • Advising on the tax aspects of innovative fund structures, including: mutual fund switch corporations, clone funds, hedge funds, multi-class funds and reduced management fee structures, derivative based funds, rollover funds, fund-on-fund structures, mutual fund based split-share corporations and other structured investment products.
  • Obtaining charitable registrations for hospital foundations, private foundations and charitable organizations and with respect to tax issues relevant to such entities.
  • Advising on the tax implications and benefits regarding the use of derivative instruments within investment fund vehicles.
  • Advising on financing techniques to fund deferred sales commissions; including limited partnerships, income trusts and securitization.

Publications & Presentations

Pre​pared and presented papers in various tax programs including papers presented at, and published in the reports to, the 1998 and 2000 Canadian Tax Foundation Annual Tax Conference.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Tax Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).