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 Tobin 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 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 teaches International Tax at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Representative Work

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Lexpert/Thomson Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate tax (2014); asset equipment finance/leasing (2010-2017); and derivative investments (2010, 2012-2017)

Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in equipment finance law and structured finance law (2006-2018)

Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Equipment finance law lawyer of the year (2018) (Toronto)

Lawyers Weekly In House Counsel/Martindale-Hubbell–identified as one of Canada's Top Canadian lawyers (2012)

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2012)

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s IFLR 1000, Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading lawyer in capital markets (2007)

Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2007)

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


Canadian Tax Foundation 68th Annual Tax Conference

“Professional Responsibility in Tax Matters”.

Bloomberg BNA 3rd Annual Global Transfer Pricing Conference

“Value Creation and Transfer Pricing Outcomes”.

Investment Funds Institute of Canada 11th Annual Tax Symposium

“Case Law Update”.

U.S. and Canada Tax Developments

Capital Markets Mid-Year Report 2016



  • Adjunct Faculty of Law - Osgoode Hall Law School
  • International Tax – Fall 2012; Spring 2013, Spring 2014 and Spring 2015 Co-lecturer with Jinyan Li
  • President, Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association 2009 to 2012
  • Director, Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital)
  • Chair, Hospital Construction Redevelopment Committee, Michael Garron Hospital
  • Chair of the Board, Rethink Breast Cancer
  • Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association (2000-2014)
  • Tax Committee Member, Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
  • Tax Committee Member, Investment Funds Institute of Canada

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
  • Investment Funds Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Canada Company (liaison group between Canadian business leaders and the Canadian Forces)
  • International Finance Association