Title: Commercial law


Leonard Glass



Leonard Glass

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Len’s practice focuses on taxation including both income and commodity taxation. He advises both private and public clients primarily on transactional and corporate reorganization matters. A large part of Len’s practice involves working for clients that carry on business outside of Canada. For these clients, Len designs tax efficient structures including utilizing appropriate vehicles and transfer pricing methodologies. He also provides advice to Canadian pension plans in connection with their acquisitions and divestments both inside and outside of Canada.


Languages: English
Joined the Law Firm in: 1999


Areas of Practice


  • Taxation


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

* Advisor to major western Canadian public sector pension plans and government investment entities with respect to investments in various domestic and international private equity funds and direct investments
* Advisor to sponsors of various Western Canada based private equity and venture capital funds in relation to the tax structuring and formation of those funds
* Advisor to Canadian listed Australian mining corporations in respect of their worldwide mining acquisitions
* Advisor to both issuing corporations and underwriters with respect to various public offering of securities
* Structure and advise in connection with public company spin-outs and spin-offs
* Structure run-of-the-river Hydro-electric project
* Advisor to industry in respect of British Columbia’s new carbon tax
* Tax advisor to a recreational property developer in connection with waterfront developments
* Drafted and structured deferred compensation arrangements, including stock option and share appreciation rights for non-resident clients acquiring Canadian businesses

Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* International Fiscal Association, Member
* Canadian Tax Foundation, Former Governor
* Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), Tax Subsection, former Chair
* Former BCIT Sessional Lecturer, Management Studies Department


"2012 Federal Budget: Changes to the thin-capitalization rules" (April 10, 2012), Co-Author

"Proposed Amendments to Section 892 Regulations" (November 2, 2011), Co-Author

"Overview of the Differences between the U.S. and Canadian Entity Classification Systems" (October 6, 2011), Author

"US Canada Cross-Border Tax: Getting out of Canada" (June 1, 2011), Author

"US Canada Cross-Border Tax: When to Worry About Canada" (March 23, 2011), Author


* "Canada - doing business, transaction taxes, cross-border transactions", Seattle Chapter of the TEI and the University of Washington School of Law 2013 Tax Forum (February 22, 2013), Speaker
* "Overview of Inbound/Outbound Transactions from a Canadian Perspective", International Tax Conference, Washington Society of Certified Professional Accountants (WSCPA), Seattle, WA (April 27, 2012), Speaker
* "Inbound to Canada", International Taxation Seminar, Sterling Education Services, Inc., Seattle, WA, (February 17, 2012), Speaker
* "Outbound to Canada: Recent Developments", International Tax Conference, Washington Society of Certified Professional Accountants (WSCPA), Seattle, WA (May 4, 2011), Speaker

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1991)
Northwest Territories (2002)



University of Manitoba (B.A., 1984)
University of Toronto (LL.B., 1989)