Jonathan N. Garbutt

Special Counsel | San Francisco

Jonathan is special counsel in the private client and tax team.

Jonathan’s practice focuses on all aspects of Canadian income tax law, including general tax planning, trusts and estates, global corporate tax minimization, M&A tax advice, international private investment and tax controversy and litigation. He also has experience with international transfer pricing matters.

Jonathan’s experience includes advising international high net worth individuals, families, family offices, financial institutions and trust companies with respect to matters involving the Canadian tax regime. He has advised clients concerning all aspects of non-resident trusts settled by or for the benefit of Canadian residents, as well as the tax-efficient immigration and emigration for high net worth individuals into and out of Canada. He also has advised high net worth Canadian resident clients in off-shore investments and on the structuring of such investments and transactions for financial institutions.

Jonathan regularly speaks on these issues at various private banking events, both in Canada and around the world.

Prior to joining Withers, Jonathan worked at a large firm in Canada providing tax advisory and compliance services for global high net worth individuals, cross-border families and businesses. Before becoming a lawyer, Jonathan’s career included working as an economist at the Canadian Electricity Association and with Nakamae International Economic Research in Tokyo, Japan. Jonathan is admitted to practice in the Alberta and Ontario provinces in Canada.

Jonathan is not currently admitted to practice law in the state of California.

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New York, 2006

Alberta, Canada, 2014

Ontario, Canada, 2006

_’_Withers Launches US-Canada Cross-Border Practice in California,’ International - December 8, 2021, featured

_’_Withers launches U.S.-Canada practice in San Francisco with new team,’ Withers Insight - December 8, 2021, quoted

‘Investment in Canadian Real Estate,’ Private Client Business, Issue 5, 2020 pp.205-217, author

Law Society of Upper Canada

Federated Press, 4th Cross-Border Personal Tax Planning, Co-moderator and Presenter on “Update & Issues in Canadian Life Insurance Planning”, Toronto, May 26 & 27, 2015

Federated Press, 8th Tax Planning for the International Client Course, “Creating Offshore Structures in a Tax Transparent World; How and Why?”, Toronto, November 5 & 6, 2014.

Canadian High Commission to South Africa Breakfast Briefing “Using the Canadian Tax, Treaty & Securities Law System to Optimize Global Returns for Mining and Resource-Related Companies” Sandton, Gauteng Province, South Africa, August 15, 2013



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