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Rahul Sharma Toronto Lawyer

Rahul Sharma

Partner Fasken
A pragmatic approach is critical when dealing with the challenges posed by many estate and succession planning situations, particularly when addressing the complexities caused by cross-border and international tax and legal considerations.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2011
Language(s) English, French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu
Office(s) Toronto


Rahul Sharma advises international and Canadian clients on a variety of tax, trust, and estate planning matters. He is particularly experienced with cross-border and international trust and estate matters, as well as matters involving offshore or non-resident trusts with ties to Canada. Rahul also counsels high and ultra-high net worth individuals, corporations, trusts and estates on Canadian income tax matters, including succession planning for closely held businesses. Rahul regularly advises both resident and non-Canadian trustees and trust companies on Canadian tax matters.

Rahul is recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in the area of private wealth law in Canada, particularly for his work on cross-border/international matters. Rahul is also recognized by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer for trust and estate matters in Canada. Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Hindi and Urdu, Rahul regularly speaks on private client and tax topics and has authored and co-authored various chapters, papers and articles on tax, trust and estate-related matters. Rahul is the Editor-in-Chief of Federated Press’ Personal Tax and Estate Planning journal and a co-editor of Thomson Reuters’ Taxes and Wealth Management publication.

Rahul’s broad experience in personal and corporate tax, trust, and estate matters extends across a wide range of mandates.

Private Client Services

  • Tax and estate planning, including for clients with non-resident (including U.S.) beneficiaries and/or cross-border and international asset and property holdings;
  • preparation of tax-planned wills and trust indentures, including in complex domestic and international circumstances;
  • succession planning for business owners and their families;
  • tax planning relating to immigration to and emigration from Canada;
  • tax considerations and planning involving non-resident trusts with links to Canada;
  • Canadian trusts and structures for holding U.S. property investments; and
  • preparation of continuing powers of attorney for property and personal care. 

Tax and Corporate Tax

  • Corporate reorganizations, including the implementation of “estate freezes” for succession planning;
  • voluntary disclosures and Canadian tax regularization for individuals, trusts, and estates; post-mortem tax planning, including the use of loss carrybacks and pipeline planning; and
  • tax advice and assistance for audits and reassessments involving trusts and estates.


  • Recognized in Trusts and Estates in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 to 2023
  • Recognized nationwide in Private Wealth Law, Chambers High Net Worth 2022 to 2023
  • Recognized nationwide as a Rising Start in Private Wealth Law, Chambers & Partners 2022
Best Lawyers Publication name with laurels The Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized in Trusts and Estates in Toronto Best Lawyers is an attorney ranking service. For more than 30 years, it has identified lawyers best qualified to represent clients in various jurisdictions and specialties.
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers High Net Worth Recognized nationwide in Private Wealth Law Chambers Canada Guide covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers & Partners Recognized nationwide as a Rising Start in Private Wealth Law Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) is Chambers & Partners’ publication specifically aimed at the international private wealth market

Career & Education


  • LLB University of Calgary
  • BA, Spanish Language and Literature Queen's University
  • BComm Queen's University


  • Course, CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program, Levels I, II and III Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Memberships & Affiliations



Article, Co-Author Dealing with Canada – Challenges and Opportunities for Global Wealth and Tax Planners IFC Media
Article, Co-Author The Principal Residence: Income Tax and Probate Considerations Canadian Association of Life Underwriters (CALU) Report
Book chapters, Co-Author Canada The Global Guide to Trusts (Academy & Finance SA)

Speaking Engagements

Co-Presenter Tax Issues for Settlement of Contentious Estate Disputes Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Canadian National Conference
Co-Presenter U.S. Trusts and International Estate Planning for Cross-Border Families CIBC High Net Worth Group
Co-Presenter Dealing with Canada in Wealth, Tax and Succession Planning – Key Considerations Boston Estate Planning Council


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