Thomas von Hahn
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4333

Thomas is a well-known trusted adviser to pension funds and institutional and private investors in the acquisition and disposition of real property and mortgage portfolios. He has also been active in the privatization and disposition of government assets throughout Canada.

Thomas has structured real estate joint ventures and partnerships and placed financing secured by real estate on behalf of both individuals and institutions. He has also assisted clients in transactions involving alternative energy and natural resources development.

Thomas is Co-Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Real Estate Group, made up of approximately 40 lawyers.


Representative transactions include acting for:

  • JCF Capital ULC in its acquisition of the debt on Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, the enforcement of that debt, the acquisition of 211 hotel units and 74 residential condominium units, and the sale of the hotel portion of the tower to InnVest REIT

  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan or its subsidiaries on the joint venture investment in a C$287.5-million new 515 suite apartment building in Chicago known as “The Coast”; the C$240-million purchase of 50 per cent interests in Quinte Mall and Devonshire Mall; the acquisition of a 55 per cent interest in the Nexus 40-13 International Business Centre, Montréal, Québec; the C$137-million purchase of Marlborough Mall, Calgary, Alberta; and the C$140-million purchase of Lansdowne Place, Peterborough, Ontario

  • Ontario Pension Board on its acquisition of a 30 per cent interest in the Toronto Dominion Centre and the C$300-million purchase of an undivided 50 per cent interest in the RBC Centre, a 41-storey class AAA office tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario

  • Clients of Bentall Kennedy on their acquisitions of the KPMG Tower in Montréal, a portfolio of three regional malls from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; a 23 property industrial portfolio in Mississauga, Ontario; Western Canada Bank Place and Enbridge Tower, Edmonton; Air Canada Centre Office Tower, Toronto; North Hill Mall, Calgary; Cloverdale Mall, Toronto; and on numerous dispositions

  • Standard Life plc on its C$4-billion sale of its Canadian business to Manulife

  • Bell and Rogers Communications Inc. on their acquisition of a net 75 per cent ownership position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Air Canada Centre and other significant real estate assets

  • German, American and Dutch investors/lenders and syndicators on their real estate acquisition and lending programs in Canada

  • The developer/borrower in infrastructure financings totalling more than C$160-million for territorial legislative building, office buildings and governmental residences in Nunavut, Canada

  • Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia-based pension funds in acquisitions and joint ventures of office, retail, industrial and multi-family residential assets


Thomas has been recognized as a leading real estate practitioner in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 ("Sources note: 'He's one of the top real estate lawyers in the country.'")

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018(Real Estate Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate 2017 (“‘Strong lawyer’ Thomas von Hahn is widely regarded as a top-class figure in the market.”)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Real Estate – Identified as one of the five "Most Highly Regarded" real estate lawyers in Canada)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Property Development)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer – Real Estate)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers 2017

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Blakes Bulletin on Commercial Real Estate , November 28, 2016
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