Mark D. Brender
Mark D. Brender
(514) 904-5777
(514) 904-8101
1000 De La Gauchetière St W, Suite 2100, Montréal, QC
Year called to bar: 1990 (QC)
Mark is a tax partner and leads Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s Tax Group in Montreal. He is the immediate past Chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation (Canada’s leading organization for tax professionals) having occupied the office of Chair of the Board of Governors of the CTF in 2019 and is currently a member of its executive committee. Mark is also co-editor of the Corporate Tax Planning feature of the Canadian Tax Journal published by the CTF. Furthermore, he has been recognized as an Academician by The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. Mark frequently advises on some of the most important business transactions and critical tax disputes. His practice is broad based, focusing on domestic and international tax-planning, cross-border and domestic mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financings and tax dispute resolution. Mark has extensive experience in advising Canadian and foreign multi-national corporations, private equity funds, venture capital funds and privately owned businesses. Mark also has significant expertise in advising private family enterprises and family offices on succession and estate planning.
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