John Hutmacher
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2219

John works on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financing, development, condominium and leasing transactions involving major Canadian commercial real properties, including many of the country's most prominent retail, office and industrial developments. He is particularly experienced in helping U.S. and European clients and lawyers understand the legal and practical differences in conducting real estate transactions in Canada. John also has specialized expertise in advising clients on unique real property issues and risks arising in the context of renewable energy projects, including hydroelectric and wind-generation facilities.


Representative transactions include acting for:

  • Canadian pension fund and other investors on their recent respective acquisitions of signature office buildings in the Toronto downtown core totalling over C$400-million

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

  • H2O Power LP on its C$400-million private placement to obtain credit facilities secured by its interest in hydroelectric facilities in Ontario

  • Canadian financial institutions in their implementation of online loan origination and renewal services, including the use of electronic signature and related technologies

  • FAM REIT in connection with its C$190-million acquisition of seven GTA office properties from Slate

  • H&R REIT's C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail REIT and agreement to sell portfolio of 18 Primaris properties to a consortium led by KingSett Capital for C$1.28-billion

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Viterra's wholesale and retail agri-products division, including businesses, properties and assets in Canada

  • The Government of Canada on its C$1.4-billion sale and leaseback of portfolio of seven office properties across Canada, containing approximately 3.5 million square feet of space

  • A client of a pension fund adviser in the C$280 million portfolio acquisition of rental properties in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec

  • A pension fund on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of a portfolio of hydroelectric facilities in Ontario

  • The developer/borrower on its acquisition, sale and financing of multi-family residential and office complexes and government buildings in several communities in the territory of Nunavut, Canada

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on its C$1.1-billion disposition of an office portfolio in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Edmonton, including the Commerce Court complex in Toronto


John is recognized as a leading real estate practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Real Estate Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Property Development)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Real Estate)

  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate 2017

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Speaker: Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Purchase Agreements: Getting Past the Sticking Points
Blakes Business Class, April 26, 2018.
Speaker: Financing Your Dream Property Overseas – Challenges and Opportunities in Mortgage Lending for International Real Estate Investors
American Bar Association Section of International Law Annual Conference, New York, NY, April 18, 2018.
Speaker: Worth Fighting For?: Five Purchase Agreement Provisions That Deserve More Attention
Blakes Business Class Seminar, October 17, 2016
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