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Greg Umbach

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The following transactions highlight Greg's experience and capabilities:

  • Acting for a technology company in the public-private partnership setting up a call centre in partnership with a municipal government

  • Representing a major property owner in the subdivision and sale of recreational lots on islands in the Gulf of Georgia, British Columbia

  • Representing a national construction materials company in respect of procuring, zoning issues and developing an industrial manufacturing site on port lands in Vancouver, B.C.

  • Representing institutional lenders on loans to developers of major residential and commercial strata titled developments

  • Representing a developer of a 48-turbine wind farm in obtaining government permits, lease tenure, construction contracts and financing for the project

  • Representing a run-of-the-river power developer on land tenure and permitting matters for one of the largest projects to be developed in British Columbia

  • Representing a large port terminal operator in its multi-decade lease and operating agreements

  • Representing a developer joint venturing with non-profit organizations and provincial government authorities to develop mixed-use, residential/institutional properties

  • Representing a property owner in its rezoning and development requirements in the city of Vancouver

Awards & Recognition

Greg is recognized as a leading practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Real Estate Law and Banking and Finance Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 ("Repeatedly Recommended" in Property Development)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Real Estate - British Columbia)

Professional Activities

Greg has co-authored and authored papers relating to builders' liens, title insurance transaction closing risks and other real estate issues that have been published in print and on the Internet. He has also presented as a lecturer for B.C. Continuing Legal Education courses, BUILDEX Vancouver and other conferences.

Greg has been an adjunct professor in the law faculty at the University of British Columbia for more than 10 years, teaching real estate transactions and is a member of the Real Property, Environmental, Construction and Municipal Law Subsections of the Canadian Bar Association.

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 1996
LL.B., University of British Columbia - 1995
B.A, University of Waterloo - 1992
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