Brian M. Studniberg

Associate

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  • LLM (Taxation), Harvard Law School, 2016; Summer Academic Fellowship
  • JD/MBA, Gerald W. Schwartz Bronze Medal, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management, 2008; JSD Tory Fellowship (outstanding legal writing); Lily Rubenstein Prize (outstanding paper on fundamental freedoms)
  • MPA, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, 2004
  • BBA, with Distinction, Schulich School of Business, York University, 2003

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts
  • Ontario

Brian M. Studniberg

Associate

Brian Studniberg joined Ropes & Gray in 2017 as an associate in the tax & benefits department. Prior to joining the firm, Brian was an associate at a leading Canadian tax law boutique affiliated with one of the Big Four accounting firms in Toronto, where he worked chiefly on tax controversy matters.

Brian has an undergraduate degree in business, a graduate degree in public policy, and obtained his JD/MBA from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management, where he earned the Gerald W. Schwartz Bronze Medal. Brian has also graduated from Harvard Law School where he earned a Master of Laws degree with a concentration in taxation. Brian is the author of nearly two dozen articles in peer-reviewed, refereed, and professional journals and is the co-author of a text on Canadian tax administration.

Publications

  • Co-author with Gabrielle Hirz and Loretta Richard, “Is Fishing in Tax Waters Getting Easier or Just More High-Tech?” Tax Notes (March 26, 2018)
  • Author, “Identifying the De Facto Director,” Canadian Tax Journal, Volume 63, Issue 4 (2015)
  • Author, “What Are “Comparable Circumstances” for a Director’s Due Diligence Defence?,” Canadian Tax Journal, Volume 63, Issue 3 (2015)
  • Co-author with Joel Nitikman, “De Facto Control – Do We Know What It Means Yet? (Parts I & II),” CCH Tax Topics Nos. 2244 & 2245 (March 12 & March 19, 2015) 
  • Co-author with Derek Alty, “The Corporate Capital Structure: Thin Capitalization and the “Recharacterization” Rules in Paragraphs 247(2)(b) and (d),” Canadian Tax Journal, Volume 62, Issue 4 (2014)
  • Author, “The Concept of De Facto Control in Canadian Tax Law,” Canadian Business Law Journal, Volume 54, Issue 1 (2013)
  • Author, “Minding the Gap in Tax Interpretation Post-Copthorne: Does Specificity Oust Application of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule?,” Queen’s Law Journal, Volume 38, Issue 1 (2012)
  • Author, “Taxpayer Self-help Versus Rectification,” Canadian Tax Focus, Volume 2, Issue 4 (2012)
  • Author, “The Economic Substance Doctrine in Canadian Tax Law,” Tax Management International Forum, Volume 31, Issue 2 (2010)
  • Author, “Representing People and Not Interests: A Rawlsian Conceptualization of the Right to Vote,” Review of Constitutional Studies, Volume 14, Issue 1 (2009)
  • Author, “Politics Masquerading as Principles: Representation by Population in Canada,” Queen’s Law Journal, Volume 34, Issue 2 (2009) 
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