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Christopher Steeves Toronto Lawyer

Christopher Steeves

Partner | Tax Group Leader Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1994
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Christopher Steeves is the Leader of the firm’s Tax group and is a member of the firm's Partnership Board. Frequently advising Canadian businesses in corporate restructurings and acquisitions, Christopher also assists with income tax aspects of complex domestic and cross-border financings, and financial instruments including derivatives, securities lending and collective investment funds.

With expertise in transfer pricing and the resolution of disputes with Canadian tax authorities, Christopher has worked with clients and advisors outside Canada to develop innovative, tax-efficient means of accomplishing cross-border business objectives.

Regularly speaking at industry conferences and seminars, Christopher has been an instructor for the Canadian Bar Association's course Tax Law for Lawyers, "Cross-Border Tax Issues" since 2006, and taught a course on "Transfer Pricing" for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He taught at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, from 1999-2003. Christopher’s expertise has been recognized by Chambers Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal and the International Tax Review.


Client Work

  • National Bank of Canada and Macquarie Bank Limited co-lead international lending syndicate in the provision of aggregate C$425 million credit facilities for BW Gold Ltd.,
  • IAMGOLD Corporation completes sale of its interest in Rosebel Gold Mines to Zijin Mining for approximately US$360 million in cash and release of US$41 million in liabilities,
  • Bank of Montreal leads syndicate of international lenders in C$2.45 billion multijurisdictional financing for Element Fleet Management Corp.,
  • Syndicate of international lenders led by The Bank of Nova Scotia completes US$2.5 billion financing in favour of TELUS International,
  • Penske Truck Leasing Canada Inc. / Location de Camions Penske Canada Inc. completes C$275 million offering,
  • GlobalMed Inc. (Canada) and Schauenburg‐Truplast (China) acquired by Molded Devices, Inc.,
  • Schivo Medical Limited completes indirect acquisition of APN Inc.,
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal co-lead lending syndicate in US$2 billion sustainability-linked revolving credit facility for Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals International Ltd.,
  • eXp World Holdings, Inc. acquires Zoocasa Realty Inc. and its key property,,

Career & Education


  • LLB Queen's University
  • BA Queen's University

Community involvement

  • Ontario Council Member, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Young Canadians Challenge (2005 to 2010) and (2012 to 2018)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Secretary, Canadian Securities Lending Association 
  • Chair, Taxation Committee, Canadian Securities Lending Association 
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member of Council, International Fiscal Association, Canada Branch
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association - Tax Law Section
  • Co-Editor, Corporate Tax Planning, Canadian Tax Journal, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Tax Newsletter, CCH Canadian Limited 


Fasken Institute



Article Tax Treaty Interpretation – Société Générale Valeurs Mobilières Inc. v. The Queen CCH International Tax Newsletter – No. 93
Article Deductibility of Expenses in Merger and Acquisition Transactions Canadian Tax Journal, Volume 65, No. 1.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker Ethical Hot Spots for In-House Counsel Toronto Symposium (9th Edition) location location Toronto, ON
Inbound Investments - Cross-border Issues Canadian Bar Association location location Niagara-on-the-Lake
Recent Canadian Developments International Fiscal Association – Canada Branch location location Toronto


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