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Garth Anderson

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Qualified as an expert witness in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta regarding solicitors' standard of conduct in real estate transactions

Some recent representative transactions include advising:

  • The Purchaser on the acquisition of The Bow office tower in Calgary, Alberta and Bell Creekbank Campus in Mississauga, Ontario

  • A German open-ended real estate fund on its C$500-million+ acquisition of the commercial portion of Stantec Tower in Edmonton, Alberta

  • IG Mackenzie Real Property Fund (formerly Investors Real Property Fund) on its C$140-million acquisition of an office building in downtown Calgary, Alberta, and related assumption of the existing mortgage facility

  • GWL Realty Advisors Inc. and its investor clients on:

    • The C$105-milllion purchase of First & Jasper, a redeveloped class "A" office and retail complex in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and related mortgage financing

    • The C$178-million sale of an undivided 50% interest in Gulf Canada Square, a 1.15 million square foot premier class "A" office and retail complex in downtown Calgary, and a related assumption of the existing mortgage facility

    • The C$65-million refinancing of Watermark Tower and the C$150-million refinancing of Gulf Canada Square

  • A major pension fund on the acquisition of a number of development properties in Leduc, Edmonton, and St. Albert, Alberta

  • A consortium on its bid for and successful closing of a design, build, finance and operate agreement for Southeast Stoney Trail (the Calgary Ring Road) in Calgary, Alberta

  • Various consortia on bids for design, build, finance and operate/maintain agreements for multi-school projects in Alberta and a road project in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • A major Canadian energy company in connection with the construction of a C$230-million expansion of a gas processing facility in Alberta

  • Various foreign and domestic institutional lenders on construction and term financings of commercial and industrial properties

Awards & Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2012–2023 (Real Estate Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2016–2023 (Real Estate - Alberta) and 2018–2020 (Real Estate – Nationwide)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2017 and 2019–2021 (Recommended – Real Estate) and 2022 (Recommended in Editorial – Real Estate and Construction)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2012 and 2015–2022 (Real Estate)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global Leader – 2020 and 2022 (Real Estate)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2018–2021 (Consistently Recommended – Property Development and Repeatedly Recommended – Property Leasing)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 Lawyer of the Year (Real Estate Law – Calgary)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2015–2018 (Repeatedly Recommended – Infrastructure Law)

Professional Activities

Garth is a member of The Law Society of Alberta and a member of the Commercial Real Estate and Construction Subsections of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also past chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the Calgary chapter of NAIOP - The Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Education
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 1987
JD, University of Calgary – 1985
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