Commercial Real Estate

Key Contacts

Bothwell Robert High Resolution Image Robert J. Bothwell
Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate
T: 780.917.4291
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

  • 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.
  • Acal PLC, a UK-based company and a leading international supplier of customised electronics to industry, in connection with its acquisition of Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of custom toroidal transformers for transportation, medical and industrial applications.
  • Counsel to the principal investors in the refinancing of Tuckamore Capital Management Inc., through the issuance by Tuckamore to the investors, on a private placement basis, of 8.00% Senior Secured Debentures due 2026 in an aggregate principal amount of $176,228,000, as well as the issuance of 10.00% Second Lien Secured Convertible Debentures due 2026 in an aggregate principal amount of $35,000,000. Read more

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 every 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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