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Canadian and international developers need to develop and sell projects within optimal timeframes to maximize profits. Real estate development law in Canada often involves compliance with, or amendment of, complex municipal and provincial regulations.

Blakes Development lawyers have represented clients on some of the largest and most challenging real estate joint ventures and commercial and industrial projects in Canada. Our clients include developers, real estate advisers, banks, pension funds, insurance companies, governments and government agencies, major retailers, hotel owners and operators, and U.S. and other foreign investors.

Real estate partnerships are essential. We counsel developers on a wide range of matters, including the acquisition and disposition of vacant land and urban redevelopment sites, and servicing, subdivision and construction issues.

Our Environmental, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Leasing and Municipal & Planning lawyers consider all aspects of land-use regulation and development approval, including rezoning and land severance applications. Our lawyers also appear before administrative tribunals and other approval-granting authorities.

Blakes has the expertise to help you work with government and other stakeholders to ensure the success of your real estate project.

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Recent Experience
  • BentallGreenOak in connection with its joint venture with KingSett involving the development and construction of three 30-storey towers to be built on land owned by St. Michael’s College.

  • Townline Group acquisition, financing and redevelopment of the former Fantasy Gardens site in Richmond, B.C., as a phased mixed-use residential neighbourhood.

  • GolfBC Holdings Inc. on the redevelopment of a strata hotel and mixed-use property in Whistler, B.C., including timeshare and fractional ownership interests.

  • Toronto College Park Ltd. structured sale of several condominium development sites at College Park in downtown Toronto, including the negotiation of shared parking, truck loading and easement agreements.

  • 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.

  • ClubLink Corporation acquisition and development of numerous golf courses and recreational properties.

  • ProLogis acquisition, development and leasing of numerous industrial sites.