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S. Paul Mantini


Commercial Real Estate, Lending, Project Finance, Infrastructure and Gaming Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4837

Paul Mantini practises commercial real estate, corporate/commercial (with emphasis on lending and project finance), infrastructure (P3) and gaming law.

Paul has been involved with the development and/or financing of many of the largest and most complicated projects in Canada, including Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Brookfield Place, First Canadian Place, Royal Bank Plaza, Bay Adelaide Centre, Fifth Avenue Place, Exchange Tower, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Western Canadian Place. He has been involved in some of the most innovative real estate transactions in Canada, including the first guarantee by a Canadian pension fund of a debt issue; the first public issue by a real estate co-tenancy, the first public issue of participating mortgage bonds, cross-border securitization of property and mortgage pools and the creation of REITs and property investments funds.

Paul has also acted on behalf of lenders and joint venture partners in the restructuring, CCAA proceedings and the plans of compromise and arrangement of several major real estate developers.

Paul is regarded as one of the leading real estate and project finance practitioners in Canada. According to Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, clients have said that Mr. Mantini is "right at the top of everyone's list" and "anybody who plays in the real estate market in or even outside of Toronto probably knows Paul Mantini ..." and that "he is incredibly intelligent and has a real make-it-happen approach." Paul has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest accolade (AV rating) signifying that he has reached the height of professional excellence.

A frequent author, Paul writes on real estate, leasing, financing and gaming law matters and also lectures at seminars on commercial real estate ownership, development, financing and leasing.

He is a director of a number of private corporations and charitable organizations and a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Select Experience

  • Offering $225 Million Aggregate Issue of 3.40% Senior Secured Green Bonds on Security of Telus Garden
  • KingSett Real Estate Growth LP No. 5 with the $99 million acquisition and financing of the Courtyard Marriot Hotel in downtown Toronto.
  • Brookfield Properties in connection with the negotiation of lease with lead tenant for new Brookfield Place project in Calgary.

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    S. Paul Mantini, ranked Band 1, Real Estate: Nationwide

    a very strong real estate lawyer"
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    S. Paul Mantini, ranked Band 1, Real Estate: Ontario

    "very seasoned", "very well respected"
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    S. Paul Mantini, recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Real Estate

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