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Christian Canas

Associate

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9674
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Christian Canas is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Canas has represented tax-exempt organizations and nonprofits, including health care organizations, public charities and private foundations, in a wide range of tax, transactional, corporate, and governance matters, including formation, mergers and acquisitions, unrelated business taxable income, fundraising, joint ventures, political activities and lobbying, and dissolutions.

Christian Canas is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Canas has represented tax-exempt organizations and nonprofits, including health care organizations, public charities and private foundations, in a wide range of tax, transactional, corporate, and governance matters, including formation, mergers and acquisitions, unrelated business taxable income, fundraising, joint ventures, political activities and lobbying, and dissolutions.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (2007)
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, Columbia University (2004)

Admissions

  • California

Affiliations

  • California State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Nonprofit Organizations; Standing Committee Member (2014-Present)
  • California State Bar Association, Taxation Section, Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations; Committee Chair (2016–2017)

Representative Engagements

  • Formed and obtained tax-exemption for numerous organizations, including public charities and supporting organizations
  • Performed full federal and state nonprofit governance and compliance reviews for several tax-exempt organizations
  • Advised social service organizations regarding the establishment of taxable and tax-exempt subsidiaries
  • Advised a public charity on a joint venture with a for-profit company to develop a job training program, including on unrelated business income and private benefit issues
  • Represented two supportive housing providers in their merger

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Forming and Representing Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organizations,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Los Angeles, CA (2011, 2013, 2015)

Courts

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit