Michael McLaren
Toronto Office & Vancouver Office

Michael McLaren


Michael McLaren is a partner working out of the Vancouver and Toronto offices of Thorsteinssons LLP.

Michael’s practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning, regularly advising Canadian and foreign-based multi-national groups on a variety of matters, including: inbound and outbound investment and financing; mergers and acquisitions; divestitures; spin-offs; restructurings; and natural resource taxation. He also has considerable experience in handling tax controversy issues.  Michael acts for a number of Canadian and foreign-based multi-national companies that operate in the following industries: e-commerce; fintech; software; digital services; pharmaceuticals; medical devices; environmental and applied solutions; financial services; media and entertainment; natural resources; real estate; and paper and household products.


  • B.Sc., University of Victoria (Genetics/Mathematics)
  • LL.B, University of Western Ontario (concentration in Taxation; Thorsteinssons Award in International Tax Law, Stikeman Elliott-Carswell National Tax Scholarship, Law Society of Upper Canada Prize)

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member, CBA-CPA Joint Committee on Taxation (Contributions: 10/15/1312/11/1305/16/1405/26/1505/27/15, 07/25/16, 11/15/16
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Tax Planning Journal, Federated Press
  • Editor, CCH Income Tax Act (International Tax Provisions)
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, CBA Tax Subsection
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia (BC Bar)
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (ON Bar)

Community Involvement

  • Former Board Member, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver