Craig Webster

Craig J. Webster  


Executive Summary

Craig Webster is a Partner and the Tax National Practice 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

  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition (and since 2015) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Tax Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Investment Funds & Asset Management).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).