OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Structuring, financing and operating real estate investment trusts (REITs) require a detailed understanding of many complex issues. These include real estate, corporate governance, finance, tax, securities and partnership law, as well as compliance with numerous disclosure and reporting obligations.

Blakes REIT lawyers provide clients with diverse experience and a sophisticated understanding of a wide range of matters. Our comprehensive, strategic advice on REIT matters includes structuring, management, financing, securitization and tax issues, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, take-over bids, equity offerings, public offerings, leaseback arrangements, reorganizations, and many other issues related to the ownership of commercial properties.

We take a multidisciplinary approach and draw on the expertise of our Tax, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Capital Markets and Commercial Real Estate lawyers to provide efficient and cost-effective services. We also work closely with investment banking firms, accounting firms and other professionals to assist clients with their financing needs and tax obligations.

Our clients are publicly and privately owned REITs, equity and mortgage REITs, real estate funds, partnerships, joint ventures, and other real estate owners and participants. They also include issuers, underwriters, lenders, sponsors and other advisers.

If you want expert REIT advice, Blakes has the comprehensive expertise to meet your needs.


Representative Matters

  • R&R REIT in connection with its related-party acquisition of five U.S. hotels comprising 656 rooms for an aggregate purchase price of US$31.5-million.
  • The underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of REIT units of Minto Apartment REIT.
  • The underwriters in connection with the US$135-million initial public offering of REIT units of BSR REIT, a Southeastern U.S. apartment operator.
  • CREIT in connection with its security-holder-approved and court-approved arrangement transaction pursuant to which it combined with Choice Properties REIT to create Canada’s largest diversified REIT with a C$16-billion enterprise value.
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$40.3-million bought deal offering of REIT units by True North Commercial REIT.
  • The agents in connection with the C$1.3-billion private placement of two series of senior unsecured debentures by Choice Properties REIT.
  • H&R REIT in connection with its agency private placement of US$125-million series P floating rate debentures.
  • The Special Committee of InterRent REIT in connection with the internalization of the REIT’s property management functions at a price of C$38-million.
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$184-million bought deal offering of common shares by Sienna Senior Living Inc.
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$132-million bought deal offering of subscription receipts by Slate Office REIT.
  • H&R REIT in connection with its offering of US$250-million series O debentures.
  • The agents in connection with the C$650-million offerings of two series of senior unsecured debentures by Choice Properties REIT.
  • Mainstreet LLC in connection with its support, as a significant shareholder, of Mainstreet Health Investments Inc.’s acquisition of Care Investment Trust LLC for US$425-million and rebranding as Invesque Inc.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9720
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Private Equity, REITs, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2356
Areas of Expertise: Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, REITs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2219
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Real Estate Financing, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Power, Construction, Development, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, REITs, Pension Funds Investment, Europe, United States
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2789
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Asset-Based Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, REITs, Gaming, Infrastructure, Banking, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4121
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Banking, Development, Real Estate Financing, REITs, Debt Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3328
Areas of Expertise: Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Shareholder Activism, REITs, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3386
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Public-Private Partnerships, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Construction, REITs, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2536
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, REITs, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4223
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining Law, LNG, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Construction, REITs, Technology, Cannabis
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