Mark Bursey


"If you don't have time to enjoy an espresso on the premises, then you don't have time for an espresso."

Solid experience, practical expertise.

Mark's focus is on corporate reorganization and acquisitions with an emphasis on corporate income tax. He works with national and international clients spanning wide-ranging industries to navigate to the best possible advantage in buying, selling or expanding a business. In addition to ensuring compliance and retaining an optimal tax position, Mark's value is in his deeply collaborative approach to helping companies make bold moves forward.

Representative matters

Mark's diversified practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, including corporate reorganization and corporate finance with an emphasis on corporate income tax and estate planning. He advises private and public companies with national and international operations, and acts as Nova Scotia counsel to US-based multinationals on transactions involving acquisitions, mergers and hybrid-financing deals. His experience includes leadership on broad-scale corporate projects such as:

  • The sale by Empire Company Limited of its Empire Theatres business, comprising the sale of 46 theatres with 397 screens in Canada.
  • The sale of an international bottled water company to a multinational food corporation, including tax and corporate reorganization.
  • The reorganization, merger and initial public offering of a private Nova Scotia subsidiary to become one of only two national grocery retailers in Canada.
  • The reorganization of an Ontario-based, public Nova Scotia company with U.S. and Canadian operations which became the subsidiary of a newly-formed public Delaware-based corporation as the result of a merger.

Areas of practice:

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Owner Managed Business
  • Personal Services
  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Charities/Not for Profit
  • Pensions & Employee Benefits


Nova Scotia, 1990


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1989
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.Comm., 1986


  • Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation
  • Former chair of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Board of Governors
  • Former board chair of Sacred Heart School of Halifax 
  • Investment Policy Advisory Committee, Halifax Regional Municipality (1998-2006)
  • Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Directors Education Program (June 2013), and Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations, 2010
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners - Canada (STEP)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, Canadian Tax Foundation and Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)




Corporate / Commercial
Estate and Personal Tax Planning / Estate Litigation


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  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2013-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Tax Law, 2013-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Trusts and Estates, 2011-2018

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3371
F 902.420.1417

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