Chris Huband
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2758

Chris has 30 years of experience in completing commercial real estate transactions. His practice includes a wide variety of real estate matters affecting all classes of real estate assets. He is often engaged in the purchase and sale of major real estate assets and also has significant expertise with respect to mortgage financings, joint ventures and development projects. Chris also advises pension funds and their advisers concerning the various rules relating to the investment by pension funds in real estate.

Chris has a broad range of clients, including pension funds, mutual funds, life insurance companies and other institutional investors, as well as lenders, advisers, major landlords, tenants and developers. He is the co-coordinator of the Blakes Commercial Real Estate practice.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some recent representative transactions include:

  • C$460-million purchase by a Canadian pension fund of an undivided 50 per cent interest in the TD Canada Trust Tower, a 51-storey class AAA office tower in downtown Toronto
  • C$300-million purchase by Ontario Pension Board of a 50% interest in RBC Centre, a 41-storey class AAA office tower in downtown Toronto
  • C$153.8-million purchase by investor clients of GWL Realty Advisors Inc. of 151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, a 19-storey 270,000 square foot office tower in downtown Toronto
  • C$249.5-million purchase by investor clients of GWL Realty Advisors Inc. of 5000 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, a 20-storey 540,000 square foot office tower in Toronto's North York corridor
  • C$112-million purchase by Investors Real Property Fund of a 97.5% interest in Lynden Park Mall, a 375,000 square foot regional shopping centre in Brantford, Ontario
  • C$202-million purchase by investor clients of GWL Realty Advisors Inc. of four unenclosed shopping centres in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan, with future development to be paid for under an earn-out structure
  • C$115-million purchase by Greenland Group (Canada), a prominent Chinese state-owned enterprise, of a downtown Toronto development site upon which 44 and 48-storey condominium towers are to be constructed
  • C$351-million sale by Ontario Pension Board of a portfolio of Mississauga industrial buildings
  • C$264-million purchase by Ontario Pension Board of a 50% interest in Southgate Centre, a 940,000 square foot enclosed regional shopping centre in Edmonton, Alberta
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chris is recommended as one of the world's leading real estate lawyers by the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 (Band 1 in Real Estate)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 (Consistently Recommended in Property Development)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 (Real Estate)
  • Who's Who Legal Canada: Real Estate 2015
PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Panel Chair: RealCapital Conference
Toronto 2015
Presenter: Presenter and Author:
NAIOP Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, June 2014
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