John J. Tobin

John J. Tobin

Toronto: 416.865.7999
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1987
Osgoode Hall Law School

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1989


John is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department. John solves tax problems with his unique and broad tax experience covering (i) transactional work, (ii) planning and counsel roles, and (iii) tax controversy/transfer pricing for many of Canada’s largest businesses and financial institutions. John represents multinational and Canadian businesses in the private and public sector in a broad mix of tax matters, including tax structuring, international transactions, transfer pricing, tax controversy, corporate finance, derivatives, securitization and mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes representation of international and domestic businesses, banks, financial institutions, mutual funds and government agencies in domestic and cross-border transactions, infrastructure, energy (including wind, solar and hydro), public private partnerships, financial products, lending and securitizations, income funds, managed assets and leasing. John has extensive experience in the areas of federal and provincial income tax, international tax, sales and use tax, goods and services tax and harmonized sales tax. John taught International Tax at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in tax (2020-2021)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in tax (2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in equipment finance law, structured finance law (2006-2021)

Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate tax (2018-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate tax (2014, 2017-2020); asset equipment finance/leasing (2010-2020); derivative investments (2010, 2012-2018); asset securitization (2017-2020)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in tax (2018)

Best Lawyers in Canada—2018 Equipment Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto

Silrun Information Services’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—One of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40 (2002)


Case Law Update

Investment Funds Institute of Canada Annual Tax Symposium



John is a current governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a current director of the International Fiscal Association (Canada Branch). John is a Tax Committee Member of both the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. John is the current Chair of the Board of the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), as well as the former Chair of its Construction Redevelopment Committee (2017-2020) (currently erecting a $500 million addition). He is also a director of Rethink Breast Cancer (and former Chair). John served on the Adjunct Faculty of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School (2012-2015) (teaching International Tax Seminar). John also served as the President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association 2009 to 2012 and served as an Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association Tax Section from 2000-2014 (Vice Chair 2014).

Memberships and Affiliations

John is a member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association. He is also a member of Canada Company, which is a liaison group between Canadian business leaders and the Canadian Forces.