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Kjellander returns to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Vancouver

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 2:28 PM | By Paula Kulig


Kirsten Kjellander has returned to the tax group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in its Vancouver office, this time as a partner.

Kirsten Kjellander

Kirsten Kjellander

Kjellander comes to the firm from the Vancouver office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she’s been an associate since 2008.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Kirsten back to the firm,” Sean Weir, BLG's national managing partner and CEO, said in a news release. “She brings significant tax expertise and a unique skill set that will have a positive impact on our clients."

After graduating with a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2005 and receiving her call to the B.C. bar a year later, Kjellander joined BLG’s tax group as an associate, before leaving in 2008. Before getting her law degree, she obtained a B.A. in Chinese and German from UBC, and spent time as an intern in Beijing translating market research reports from Chinese to English.

"Kirsten's reputation precedes her, and her domestic and international tax experience will undoubtedly strengthen our team,” David Whelan, BLG's national group head, specialized business law, said in the release.

Her practice focuses on international and public company taxation. She has experience advising clients on a wide range of domestic and international tax issues and has particular experience with the interpretation of tax treaties, the offshore trust rules, and public-private partnerships, debt restructurings, cross-border transactions and the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR).

Kjellander has been a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s government budget and finance committee, where she served as co-chair of a subcommittee that drafted a position paper on the return of the provincial sales tax in B.C. She is also a member of the International Fiscal Association and completed Part 2 of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' in-depth tax course.