Property Development & Real Estate

Key Contacts

Helmstadter Jane High Resolution Image Jane C. Helmstadter
Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate
T: 416.777.7470
Mantini S. High Resolution Image S. Paul Mantini
T: 416.777.4837
Whitlock Wayne Image Wayne R. Whitlock Q.C.
T: 403.298.3331

In the last 20 years, Canada's major surges both in population and economic activity have translated into exponential growth in all aspects of real estate, whether in municipal infrastructure and institutional requirements, commercial and consumer needs in homebuilding, industrial development or community, commercial and retail services. From development, construction and land-use planning to commercial leasing and property management, our property development and real estate lawyers are proactive, deal-oriented advisors who understand the cyclical nature of the business and can anticipate and respond to the market and its players.

Our clients include public sector clients such as cities, municipal districts and provincial and federal ministries as well as developers, investors, portfolio managers, landlords, tenants, retailers, real estate professionals and financial institutions. According to need, we have negotiated and advised on land use assemblies and properties of virtually every type, including office properties, resort facilities, residential developments, retail and mixed-use commercial centres, industrial and manufacturing sites, gaming complexes, and other leisure and recreational buildings. We also bring particular expertise to energy-related land use, providing zoning, environmental and construction-related advice to multi-year, multi-phase projects ranging from oil sands extraction facilities to refining and upgrading sites.

One of our hallmark practices is our work with real estate portfolio managers, pension funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs). We have structured and led the financing of REITs and have advised owners and fund managers on complex commercial real estate developments, acquisitions, syndications, financings and dispositions. Working with our restructuring counsel, we have also been involved in significant national realization proceedings and Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act restructurings of large real estate loans and credit facilities.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., the largest first lien debtholder, in connection with the $600 million recapitalization of Postmedia Network Inc. ("PNI") pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act, including significant amendments to PNI's outstanding 8.25% senior secured notes (the "First Lien Notes") and the paydown of approximately $78 million of the First Lien Notes. Read more
  • Founders Advantage Capital, in connection with its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies Read more
  • Northwest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its $69.3 million public offering of 7,532,500 trust units in April 2016 (including full exercise of the over-allotment option) – counsel to the syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Real Estate: Alberta

    "They are a top-notch group - they do a superb job in every aspect." "They bring a huge amount of experience to the table and have a good depth of partners."
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Real Estate: Canada

    "They are very knowledgeable about real estate at every level. The team is really impressive."
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Real Estate: Ontario

    "We are very happy with the level of service; they do good work and have a high benchmark for quality."

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