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Peter H. Baek


Peter is a partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP. His practice focuses on tax law advising on income tax, GST/HST and other taxes (including land transfer tax), and representing clients in tax litigation and dispute resolution matters. He is a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the Law Society of Ontario.

English, Korean

Peter is qualified as a CPA CA and a lawyer and has been practising as a tax lawyer/accountant for over 20 years. Prior to pursuing his law degree, Peter worked as a senior tax auditor at the CRA where he audited companies with up to $1 billion in revenue. His experience provides special insight and diverse skills for helping clients in tax planning and representation matters.

Peter has assisted clients with a broad range of tax planning engagements involving domestic and international structures, cross-border transactions as well as a variety of corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and dissolutions. His experience includes tax planning for (a) clients setting up partnerships, trusts and other business/investment structures; (b) non-residents establishing Canadian business operations; (c) clients transferring foreign pensions to Canadian registered plans; (d) employers designing equity compensation plans; and (e) clients immigrating to (or emigrating from) Canada. He has also helped business owners and high-net-worth families optimize their structures from a tax and estate planning perspective, advising on capital gains exemptions, navigating income splitting rules, and implementing estate freezes, trusts, purifications and other strategies.

Peter also has extensive experience representing and counselling clients in tax disputes. Drawing upon his experience as a CRA auditor, CPA CA and lawyer, Peter has achieved significant tax savings for clients in numerous cases at various levels of the tax administration process from CRA audits to Tax Court appeals. He has also helped clients with voluntary disclosures, judicial reviews and other representation matters. He has experience dealing with a variety of issues including director's liability, foreign reporting penalties and TFSA/RRSP penalty taxes, as well as recent CRA audit activities in the real estate and restaurant industries.

Peter has spoken and moderated at tax conferences and has written numerous articles for various tax publications. He also served on the executive committee of various tax organizations.

Recent Presentations & Publications

  • Success in Bolton Steel Tube Co, v. The Queen featured in The Bottom Line, a business periodical for accounting and financial professionals (September 2014)

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Service Areas

Corporate & Commercial

Estates, Trusts & Succession Planning

European Practice Group

Mergers & Acquisitions



  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Ontario), 1999
  • J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1997
  • Chartered Accountant (CA) Designation, 1991
  • B. Com, University of Toronto, 1988

Professional Membership(s)

  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Member
  • STEP Canada, Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP)
  • Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Advocates Society, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association - Tax Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • CPA Ontario, Member
  • CPA Canada, Member