OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

"Top-tier national real estate practice, with a notable propensity for infrastructure development, PPP projects and significant commercial real estate transactions. Widely recognized for its representation of prestigious domestic and international clients, including financial institutions, pension and property funds and foreign investors."

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

 

Canada is valued for its economic stability, government regulatory transparency, strong private-property rights and low-volatility marketplace. This makes our country an attractive and highly competitive market for domestic and international investors in Canadian commercial real estate.

Blakes has one of the largest commercial real estate practices in Canada. Our lawyers’ breadth of knowledge of the Canadian commercial real estate market lets us offer seamless service on a complete spectrum of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, development and leasing across Canada.

Clients rely on us to assist them with all their real estate requirements, from negotiating and drafting through dispute resolution and exit strategies including:

  • Ownership, investment and transaction structuring
  • Acquisition and disposition of all classes of real property assets, including office, retail, hotel, industrial, recreational and development properties
  • Financing, including long-term, construction and other loans and mortgage securitizations
  • Real property ownership structures, including joint ventures, partnership and shareholder arrangements
  • Cross-border investments
  • Leasing and asset management
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Construction and development agreements
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Workouts and restructurings

Our clients are Canadian, U.S. and other international institutional and private entities, developers, real estate advisers, banks, pension funds, fund managers, insurance companies, REITs, retail and other commercial property owners and occupiers, governments and government agencies, and hotel owners and operators. These clients have relied upon us in some of the most challenging and complex real estate transactions in recent years, some of which are listed below.

If you are an investor seeking to expand your real estate interests, our Real Estate lawyers can provide the cutting-edge, strategic advice you need to take your investments to the next level.


Representative Matters

  • Bell Canada and Rogers Communications C$1.3-billion purchase of a 75 per cent interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
  • Deka Immobilien Global approximately C$400-million sale of Bentall V, a 33-storey class AAA office building located in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
  • Ontario Pension Board C$300-million purchase of a 50 per cent interest in the RBC Centre, a 41-storey class AAA Toronto office building, and negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with Ontrea Inc.
  • KanAm Grund Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH C$250-million two-step acquisition of the Nun’s Island office complex, a five-building office property in Montréal that comprises the new corporate headquarters of Bell Canada.
  • Ontario Pension Board C$264.5-million purchase of a 50 per cent interest in Southgate Centre, a prominent enclosed regional shopping centre located in Edmonton, Alberta, and negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with Ivanhoe Cambridge.
  • PCC Properties (Calgary) Ltd. and its joint-venture co-owner C$370-million first mortgage bond financing of the Suncor Energy Centre, a two-tower office complex in downtown Calgary, Alberta, consisting of 32- and 53-storey class AA office buildings.
  • Great-West Life Assurance Company and Minto Apartments Limited C$182.6-million financing of a nine-building, multi-unit residential complex known as High Park Village in west Toronto.
  • Detroit River Tunnel Partnership acquisition of an existing operating railway tunnel and approach and other lands extending between Canada and the U.S. for the construction and development of a proposed new railway tunnel between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.
  • GWL Realty Advisors Inc. acquisition and development of the Southcore Financial Centre, a mixed-use retail, office and hotel project being constructed in downtown Toronto, including 26- and 30-storey office towers and a 566-room four-star Delta hotel.
  • 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.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of the Blakes Commercial Real Estate team are recognized as leaders in their field in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (including all aspects of Property Development and Property Leasing)
  • Who's Who Legal: Business
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Construction and Real Estate Lawyers
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

Two of our lawyers have also been named Best Lawyers' 2012 Real Estate Law Lawyers of the Year: Jeff Merrick in Vancouver, and Norm Saibil in Montréal.

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9778
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Development, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Asset-Based Finance
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Fund Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2388
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4247
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Real Estate Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Law Clerk | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3355
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4043
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3860
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hospitality & Leisure, Real Estate Financing, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2963
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9634
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Hospitality & Leisure, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Real Estate Financing
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2911
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3199
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4089
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Plan Nord, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5245
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9678
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Banking, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Municipal & Planning
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3276
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Leasing, Development, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4025
Areas of Expertise: Leasing, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2758
Areas of Expertise: Real Estate Financing, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3352
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Hospitality & Leisure, Development, Leasing
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
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2604
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4151
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing
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