Lesperance and Associates are Trusted International Tax and Immigration Advisors. We Provide Specialized, Holistic and Un-biased Solutions.
In the complex world of international immigration, citizenship, and taxation, Lesperance & Associates stands out. As highly respected International Tax and Immigration advisors we pride ourselves with providing our clients with expert advice. We always fully consider our clients’ personal, family, business and succession situations when offering bespoke, holistic solutions. Moreover, Lesperance & Associates never accepts commissions or financial incentives from any Citizenship by Investment, Residence by Investment or Golden Visa type programs. Therefore, our clients can be assured that the advice they receive from our firm is in their best interest. We represent them, and only them — and not ourselves or any foreign government.
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David Lesperance JD | Founder and Principal
David Lesperance is one of the world’s leading international tax and immigration advisors.
A published author in the field, David’s personal interest in these areas of law grew from his experience working as Canadian immigration and customs officer while studying law. Since being called to the bar in 1990, he has established his expertise with major law firms, his own law firm and as a private consultant. David has successfully advised scores of high and ultra high net-worth individuals and their families, many of whom continue to seek his counsel today. In addition he has provided pro bono advice to many governments on how to improve their Citizenship by Investment, Residence by Investment or “Golden Visa” type programs to better meet the needs of his global clients. David is supported by a team of professionals, some of whom have worked with him since the early 1990s.
“In addition to providing immigration, citizenship and international tax advice, my firm is special in the eyes of our clients because of our holistic and integrated approach to address their situations and needs. In most cases, our work is also carried out in close collaboration with our clients’ existing financial, legal and family office advisors – to get the best results.”
Pioneering the Back Up Plan ©
This holistic approach is best exemplified by the highly specialized Back Up Plans pioneered by Lesperance & Associates. Our innovative Back Up Plans provide a comprehensive and client-focused solution that “plans for the worst…and hopes for best”. Firstly each customized plan is designed to deliver the optimal citizenship, residency and domicile outcomes to our clients and their families. These plans are always based on their unique situations, requirements, and objectives. Therefore our Back Up Plans are aligned with our clients’ financial, family, business situations, their family wealth and personal protection objectives. Moreover they are fully integrated with their existing tax structures and estate planning. Most importantly, each Back Up Plan is meticulously researched, prepared and executed. They are not an “off-the-shelf” citizenship solution proposed by a salesperson or firm working on commission paid by some government program office.
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Michel LeMoine de Martigny LLB | Associate
Michel is a graduate of Concordia University (Montreal) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto). Shortly after being called to the Ontario Bar in 1992 Michel joined David as an associate at a specialist immigration law firm in Toronto. He was immediately sent on a 3-month assignment to Dubai… where he ended up staying for the next 20+ years. During that time Michel initially worked as an aviation / corporate lawyer. Subsequently he worked as an executive with two Fortune 500 companies with stints in England, Dubai and Hong Kong. After this Michel relocated to Canada with his family in 2014. Here he continued to consult in international business and corporate governance. Having remained friends over the years, Michel was pleased to rejoin David at L&A in 2019.
As a result of his legal and managerial skills and deep immersion into other cultures both professionally and personally (he has visited over 70 countries), Michel is well equipped to advise and assist L&A’s diverse and interesting clientele.
How can we help you?
Back Up Plans©
Our most requested service is the preparation of bespoke Back Up Plans© that ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best’
Citizenship by Investment
Not all Citizenship by Investment programs are the same. Therefore we work with you to find your best solution.
Citizenship by Ancestry
You may have a claim to citizenship arising from your ancestry. We can help.
International Tax Planning
We are one of the world’s pre-eminent specialist firms in the area of international tax related to residence and citizenship.
Changing Tax Residence
As tax and immigration experts we can advise and facilitate the process of changing your tax residence
Enjoy the freedom to travel to and remain in one or more jurisdictions securely and legally with a personalized Passport Portfolio.
“I have known and worked with David for over two decades, initially when I was Chair of the Global Private Client practice as DLA Piper (then the world’s largest law firm) and more recently as founding partner of my own specialized tax law firm focused predominantly on international clientele. David’s deep and broad knowledge of tax and immigration law across the globe is unparalleled and certainly well-appreciated. In each case, he brings his many years of experience to bear and addresses the most complex of issues, always integrating practical solutions to resolve multi-jurisdictional, multi-generational problems for clients.”
Michael J. Legamaro, Esq.
Legamaro Banipal LLP
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We have a reputation for advising exceptional people, with exceptional needs. Our approach focusses on objective and pertinent advice, driven by years of experience. We never accept commissions or financial incentives from any Citizenship by Investment, Residence by Investment or Golden Visa type programs we may recommend