Frank is a senior tax partner who heads up the Vancouver Tax Group. His practice focuses on tax planning and tax-motivated commercial transactions, with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, real property development, financings and corporate reorganizations. With over 20 years' experience as a tax practitioner, Frank has structured and advised on a long list of significant Canadian and international commercial transactions. Frank has also lectured and written on various corporate and tax issues, and has authored and edited papers and given presentations for various groups including the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.
Frank has extensive experience structuring mergers, acquisitions and divestures, including tax deferred transactions, earnouts, butterfly "spin-off" reorganizations, cross-border issues, and transactions involving income funds, limited partnerships and "hybrid" entities. Frank has also advised on a variety of capital market engagements related to public and private financings and financial restructurings, including initial public offerings, convertible debt and preferred shares, tax shelters, derivatives, futures trust unit offerings and mutual fund unit offerings.
Frank represents a number of real property investors and developers, both offshore and domestic. These groups have made significant real property investments in BC in recent years.
Frank also has extensive experience in taxation issues related specifically to the mining industry, including flow-through shares and other financings, inbound and outbound structuring, resource pools, royalties, loss utilization planning, and joint ventures and partnerships, including investments with First Nations.
In the high-tech area, Frank has structured and negotiated agreements respecting technology acquisitions and outsourcing, licensing, distribution and cost-sharing arrangements. He has advised on numerous cross-border reorganizations and acquisitions of Canadian technology companies by offshore investors.
Frank advises on all aspects of cross-border trade, including tax treaties, NAFTA, customs and excise, and business immigration and emigration. He also regularly advises on all tax aspects of employment compensation, including designing stock option plans, equity bonus plans, share appreciation right plans and deferred profit sharing plans.
- Treasurer and Director, Columbus Long Term Care Society
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Planned Giving Committee
- Taxation Section, Canadian Bar Association
- Taxation Section, American Bar Association
- Canadian Tax Foundation
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Vancouver Board of Trade