Raphael Tachie Partner Head of Private Client Services Group in Vancouver


Speaks:  English, Twi

Year of Call: 2011 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2010 - Ontario


Primary office:  Vancouver

Secondary office:  Toronto




Raphael Tachie

Raphael Tachie is a partner and head of Gowling WLG's Private Client Services Group in Vancouver. Raphael's practice is primarily focused on providing strategic legal advice to high-net-worth clients and financial institutions across all areas of estates and trusts law.

Raphael assists high-net-worth individuals, families, entrepreneurs and business owners with estate and trust planning, business succession planning, incapacity matters and planned charitable giving in a manner that is both tax efficient and in line with their personal, family or other important values and objectives. In addition, he advises executors, trustees and other fiduciaries in all aspects of estate and trust administration, including probate, fiduciary duties, obligations and liability issues, and post-mortem planning.

Raphael also has extensive experience in delivering strategic advice to insurance, investments and trust companies with regard to the impact of the laws and regulations relating to older and vulnerable customers, incapacity, estates, trusts and beneficiary designations on their products, services and market conduct. He collaborates closely with financial institutions and their advisors in developing, implementing and maintaining best-in-class estates and trusts, life and health insurance, registered and non-registered investments, and high-net-worth advice practices and processes that are compliant with applicable laws and regulations. This work often involves reviewing and drafting compliance policies and procedures, including internal control manuals, compliance programs and legislative compliance management tools.

In addition, Raphael advises trust companies in their fiduciary capacities as trustees, executors, attorneys, agents and custodians on estate and trust administration and regulatory issues, including new product development.

An active member of the legal community, Raphael is the current president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), and has been a member of several committees of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. He also sits on the editorial board of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

    • Community
       2020
      Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, President
    • Community
       2020
      Canadian Law Awards, Judge
    • Community
       2020
      Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board
    • Community
       2020
      Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 Awards, Judge
  • 2019

    • Community
       2019
      Canadian Bar Association, National Section Wills, Estates and Trusts, Member at Large
    • Community
       2019
      Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Ontario Branch, Member at Large
    • Career
       2019
      TD Bank Group, Senior Legal Counsel, Estates, Trusts and Seniors and Vulnerable Clients
  • 2017

    • Education
       2017
      Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Executive MBA
    • Career
       2017
      MD Financial Management, Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel, MD Life, MD Insurance Agency and MD Signature Private Wealth
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Manulife Financial Corporation, Assistant Vice President, Regional Tax, Retirement and Estate Planning
  • 2011

    • Community
       2011
      Simon Fraser Alumni Association, Board Member
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2011
      Year of Call, British Columbia
    • Career
       2011
      Bull Housser & Tupper LLP (Norton Rose Fulbright LLP), Associate Lawyer, Wealth Preservation Group
  • 2010

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2010
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      University of Victoria, Bachelor of Laws
  • 2008

    • Community
       2008
      APPEAL: Review of Current Law and Law Reform, University of Victoria, Co-Editor in Chief
  • 2007

    • Community
       2007
      Black Law Students' Association of Canada, National President
    • Community
       2007
      Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Student Representative
    • Community
       2007
      Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), Student Representative
  • 2005

    • Education
       2005
      Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Arts

Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, National President
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Canada, Board Member

Insights & Resources

Podcasts
22 February 2022 Diversonomics | Season 6 Episode 1: The importance of intentionally claiming your agency CLE/CPD:This program will count for up to 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism credit toward the mandatory CPD requirements of the Law Society of Ontario.

Articles and Presentations