Alan M. Schwartz, Q.C.


Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
P.O. Box 20
Toronto, ON M5H 2T6


Alan M. Schwartz is a tax lawyer whose practice involves advising on corporate transactions such as acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, prospectus disclosure and the establishment of investment vehicles. A significant part of his practice includes pleading cases in tax courts at all levels from the Tax Court to the Supreme Court of Canada. Alan has been involved in leading tax cases on the general anti-avoidance rule, the existences of a separate business, partnership reorganizations, asset classification, residence of trusts and employment benefits, including the case of Savage v. the Queen which was decided in favour of the taxpayer by the Supreme Court of Canada. He is also involved in advising on estate planning and trusts. Alan is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Carswell Tax Service, "GAAR Interpreted" which is a leading publication on the general anti-avoidance rule.

Alan joined the firm as an associate in 1970 and became a partner in 1976. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1985. He was elected Managing Partner of Fasken Campbell Godfrey in February 1994 and was the Toronto office's Managing Partner and national chair of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin until June 30, 2001. Alan was the firm's national chair of the Taxation group until August 2005.


  • AB, Princeton University, 1965
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1968

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