Richard Eisenbraun

Richard Eisenbraun  


Executive Summary

Richard Eisenbraun is a partner in our Calgary office. Richard’s practice has a particular emphasis on corporate tax and business/transaction structuring and implementation. He has experience working on major purchase, sale and take-over transactions, plans of arrangement, debt and equity financings, optimizing business structures, restructuring insolvent companies, “corporate divorce” and other divestiture transactions. He also advises clients on a broad range of commercial and tax issues, including shareholder agreements, estate plans and other transactions involving closely held entities and high-net worth individuals.

Richard has completed Levels I, II and III of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course, as well as the Canadian Bar Association’s Tax Law for Lawyers Course. Prior to joining BLG, he worked for an international sport and entertainment management firm, and also ran his own consulting business.

Representative Work

  • Represented buyers and targets in corporate take-over transactions, including those implemented by way of amalgamation or plan of arrangement.
  • Established or advised on capital structures for clients with various different businesses, including those that derive revenue or value from domestic and foreign real estate, oil & gas, mining, renewable energy, agriculture, cannabis, technology, intellectual property, investment assets, professional services, retail and wholesale distribution.
  • Eligibility opinions for tax-free savings accounts, registered retirement savings plans and other similar plans for mutual fund trusts, public companies, private companies and various other types of entities.
  • Planned or implemented transactions in a variety of “corporate divorce” and other divestiture scenarios.
  • Prepared or advised clients regarding a variety of agreements, including Purchase and Sale Agreements, Unanimous Shareholder Agreements, Trust Indentures, Settlement Agreements and Employee Incentive Plans.
  • Provided advice and implemented a variety of transactions for families with business holdings, including estate freezes and the establishment of family trusts.
  • Dispute resolution with taxation authorities, including voluntary disclosures, audit defense, notices of objection and criminal investigations.
  • Prepared memoranda, opinions and due diligence reports relating to a variety of tax and other matters.
  • Obtained charitable registration for various charitable organizations and foundations.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presentation, "Tax Advantaged Financing Structures – What's Left?," BLG Breakfast Seminar, April 18, 2018.
  • Presentation, "Taxation of Employee Incentive Plans," Canadian Bar Association, Tax Non-Specialist, April 4, 2017.
  • Presentation, "Alberta Investor Tax Credit Overview," Canadian Bar Association, Tax Non-Specialist, September 4, 2017.
  • Presentation, "Changes to Testamentary Trust Rules – A Comprehensive Case Study," 68th Annual Canadian Tax Foundation Conference, 2016.
  • Presentation, “Tax Efficient Financing for Start Ups in the Energy Sector,” 2015 Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Conference, 2015.
  • Presentation, “Changes in Wills and Gifting on Death,” 2015 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2015.
  • Presentation, “Current Issues Relating to the Taxation of Trusts,” Canadian Bar Association, Tax South, 2015.
  • Presentation, “USA Taxation and Related Structuring Issues,” BLG Breakfast Seminar, 2015.
  • Author, “New Tax Incentives to Advance Liquefied Natural Gas Projects," BLG Tax Bulletin, February 20, 2015.
  • ​​Presentation, “Unanimous Shareholder Agreements – Taxation Issues,” Wolters Kluwer Webinar, 2014.
  • Presentation, “Private Equity Transaction Tax Issues,” BLG Breakfast Seminar, 2014.
  • Presentation, “Tax Update for Commercial Real Property Practitioners,” Canadian Bar Association, Commercial Real Property South, 2014.
  • Presentation, “Legal Considerations for the Small Business Owner,” Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 2013.
  • Presentation, “Has the Federal Court of Appeal Buried the Pipeline?,” BLG Breakfast Seminar, 2014.
  • Author, “Canadian Tax Incentives for an ‘Active Business,’” Tax Notes International, 2013.
  • Author, “The Taxation of Royalties Excluded from the Resource Tax Regime,” Federated Press Resource Taxation, 2012.
  • Author, “Tax on Inbound Investment – Canada,” Getting The Deal Through – Tax on Inbound Investment in 33 Jurisdictions Worldwide, 2011 and 2012.
  • Author, “Investments in a Registered Plan – A Trap for the Unwary,” BLG’s Tax Law Bulletin, 2011.
  • Author, “Taxable Canadian Property Changes Facilitate Inbound Investment,” BLG’s Tax Law Bulletin, 2010.
  • Author, “Solutions under the New Section 116 Regime,” BLG’s Tax Law Bulletin, 2009.