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Michael Ventresca
Michael Ventresca (he, him, his) Partner | Vancouver

About Michael

Michael advises clients on a wide variety of commercial real estate matters including buying, selling, financing, leasing, developing, and managing commercial real estate assets. He also has experience with real estate ownership structuring including through limited partnerships, trusts, co-ownerships, joint ventures, and other arrangements.

Michael works with a diverse group of clients in all shapes and sizes based in Canada, the United States, and around the world, including institutional investors, private investors, public companies, pension funds, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), financial institutions, developers, landlords, and tenants. His clients are active in retail, office, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use, and other commercial real estate sectors as well as in various industries including real estate development, hospitality, banking, life sciences, technology, energy (including renewables), forestry, and mining.

As part of his practice, Michael works closely with other Blakes lawyers to provide comprehensive legal advice to meet the needs of his clients, including in areas such as tax, environmental, corporate/commercial, employment, Indigenous, regulatory, competition, and dispute resolution. He also provides real estate advice and support on M&A, corporate, banking, and financing transactions.

Michael strongly believes in giving back to the community. He has provided pro bono legal advice to clients active in the performing arts, cancer research, and conservation sectors, among others. He also serves on the executive of the parents' advisory council at his child's school (including as chair) and coaches little league baseball.

Select Experience

Michael has provided real estate advice on matters such as:

  • An institutional investor's purchase of a portfolio of office and retail properties in Vancouver

  • A private equity fund's purchase and financing of a portfolio of multi-family apartment buildings in Vancouver

  • A private investor's purchase and financing of 50% interests in shopping centre and office projects and related co-ownership arrangements

  • A real estate investment trust's acquisition and financing of industrial warehouses and distribution centres

  • An institutional investment fund's sale of a portfolio of shopping centres and office towers

  • The development of a multi-building mixed-use project by a Vancouver-based developer

  • A landlord's leasing of office and flagship retail premises in downtown Vancouver

  • The purchase and financing of renewable energy projects in British Columbia

  • An initial public offering by a Canadian retailer with locations across North America

  • An international retailer's expansion into Canada

  • Canadian and U.S. lender secured financings of British Columbia-based forestry companies

  • A U.S. private equity firm's investment in a British Columbia-based mining company

Awards & Recognition

Michael is recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (Real Estate)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Property Development)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2022–2024 (Real Estate Law)

Professional Activities

Michael is a member of The Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association. Since 2015, he has co-authored a chapter in the British Columbia Real Estate Practice Manual published by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Leasing 101; The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act
    CBRE Limited, Lunch and Learn Seminar, March 15, 2023.
  • Speaker : B.C. Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA)
    Appraisal Institute of Canada: British Columbia, Lunch and Learn Webinar, April 22, 2021.
  • Speaker : Transparency is Here: How LOTA will Alter B.C. Real Estate
    Blakes Webinar on Commercial Real Estate, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 23, 2020.
  • Speaker : Where Do We Go from Here? Commercial Leasing in a COVID and Post-COVID World
    Blakes Webinar on Commercial Real Estate, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 3, 2020.
  • Speaker : Environmental Regulations & Disclosure Requirements for B.C. Real Estate
    CBRE Limited, Lunch and Learn Seminar, February 19, 2020.
  • Speaker : Transparency Is Coming: New Disclosure Requirements for B.C. Real Estate and Companies
    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 18, 2019.
  • Co-speaker : Focus on Real Estate: Construction Financing Transactions - Overcoming Bumps in the Road
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 28, 2015.

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2014
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2012
JD, Osgoode Hall Law School – 2011
MSc, McMaster University – 2008
BSc (Hon.), McMaster University – 2006

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