Joseph Grignano
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4025

Joseph practises real estate law with a specialization in commercial leasing matters. He acts for several prominent owners, developers and tenants, and has worked on transactions that have been awarded "Deal of the Year" honours by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP). He has also worked on transactions that have been reported as the largest commercial lease transactions in the city of Toronto for the year in which they were completed.


Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in its Landmark office deal with Ivanhoe Cambridge/Hines to lease up to 1.75-million square feet at CIBC Square in downtown Toronto

  • Royal Bank of Canada in connection with its lead tenant lease and the development of RBC WaterPark Place, a new 30-storey office tower in Toronto's financial district; RBC will occupy approximately 600,000 square feet

  • Crate & Barrel in connection with its roll-out of stores across the country

  • Southcore Financial Centre as landlord's counsel in connection with lead tenant leases to PricewaterhouseCoopers and Marsh/Mercer to kick off construction of two new office towers within the South-Core Financial District, Toronto.

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada in the sale/leaseback of nine federal buildings across Canada in a transaction valued at over C$1.4-billion (likely the largest (by value) leaseback deal in Canadian history)

  • CI Financial in its lease of the entire office component (nine floors) at Maple Leaf Square in downtown Toronto

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada in connection with the redevelopment of 90 Elgin Street, Ottawa, and the long-term leases associated therewith

  • True Religion Brand Jeans in connection with its expansion into Canada

  • Oliver Bonacini Group in connection with its leased restaurant locations, including its newest restaurants at Bell Lightbox (the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival)

  • Urbacon in connection with its lease of a build-to-suit office building to house the new Canadian headquarters of BMW Canada

  • Granite Real Estate in connection with the leasing of its industrial portfolio across properties in Canada


Joseph is recognized as a leading real estate and commercial leasing lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Real Estate)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Most Frequently Recommended)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Most Frequently Recommended)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Real Estate)

  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate 2019

He is also the 2011 recipient of the Real Estate Excellence Award as a Developing Leader presented by NAIOP.

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Blakes Bulletin on Commercial Real Estate, January 8, 2020.
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