Mark is a tax partner with Clark Wilson LLP, a respected Vancouver business law firm.  He has practiced tax law for over 30 years, first in Toronto and since 1997 in British Columbia.  Mark’s tax practice is divided between tax planning and dispute resolution.  His tax planning and advisory practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and the tax-efficient financing of foreign corporations acquiring and carrying on business in Canada, with particular expertise in the domestic and cross-border tax treatment of corporate finance transactions and associated derivative financial instruments and the application of the “general anti-avoidance rule”.  Mark also carries on an active practice in the resolution of tax disputes with Canadian taxing authorities, at the initial audit response level through appeals and the court process. 

Mark has taught, spoken and published extensively in the area of taxation for the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF), CPA Canada and a variety of other professional organizations.  He is a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch).  Mark attended the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) where he received an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) in 1979 and a Master of Arts (Philosophy) in 1980, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, receiving his LL.B. in 1983.  He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985 (withdrawn 2013) and the British Columbia Bar in 1998.