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

  • TransGlobe Apartment REIT privatization by Starlight Investments Ltd. and sale of 14 multi-unit residential properties in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia to Canadian Apartment Properties REIT; 26 multi-unit residential properties in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta to Timbercreek Asset Management Inc.; 63 properties in four Canadian provinces to Starlight and its affiliates; and the 72 remaining REIT properties to a joint venture comprised of Starlight and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.
  • Legacy Hotels REIT C$2.5-billion privatization by LGY Acquisition LP.
  • Scott’s REIT acquisition, lease-back and financing of 12 pharmacy-anchored retail properties in five Canadian provinces.
  • Primaris Retail REIT C$85-million acquisition of Place Fleur de Lys, an enclosed regional shopping centre in Québec city.
  • Primaris Retail REIT C$199-million acquisition of Midtown Plaza, an enclosed regional shopping centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Cornwall Centre, a two-storey enclosed shopping centre in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan.
 

 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: 416-863-2789
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Asset-Based Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, REITs, Gaming, Infrastructure, Banking
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
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4019
Areas of Expertise: Construction, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Hospitality & Leisure, Infrastructure, Investment Products & Asset Management, Latin America, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Commercial Real Estate, REITs, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2930
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, Corporate Governance, Investment Products & Asset Management, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Pension Funds Investment, REITs, Oil & Gas, United States, Europe
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