What We Do

 

Our commercial real estate lawyers are ranked among the best in Canada by leading legal ranking publications. They have the legal skill, industry knowledge and bench strength typically found at large commercial real estate law firms, with the personal service and value proposition more often associated with smaller practices. Our comprehensive expertise enables us to work with you on your projects from start to finish and help you find practical and creative solutions to the legal challenges encountered along the way. We have the resources, experience and insight to help you capitalize on opportunities whenever they may arise.

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:

• ACQUISITIONS & DISPOSITIONS
Providing strategic legal advice for buying and selling office, retail, industrial, hotel, multi-family residential (including seniors’ housing), and mixed-use properties, on a single-asset or portfolio basis; including negotiating asset or share based purchase and sale agreements, conducting full title and off-title due diligence investigations, settling financing documentation and complete closing services, with the negotiation of ongoing obligations and operating agreements, as applicable.

• PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
Assisting developers, from first steps through to completion, with large, complex projects in the private and public/private sectors, on fee simple, leasehold and Crown lands, including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, conventional, air space and bare land strata subdivisions, planned communities, seniors’ housing and care facilities, clean energy facilities and infrastructure projects.

• PARTNERSHIP & JOINT VENTURE STRUCTURING
Analyzing, recommending and implementing creative partnership, limited partnership, joint venture and co-ownership structures for asset acquisitions and development projects; working closely with clients’ tax advisors to complete tax-driven real estate reorganizations.

• FINANCING
Representing borrowers and lenders in connection with real estate financing transactions, including negotiating and closing acquisition, construction, take-out and permanent/term financing with financial institutions, mezzanine and private lenders, and deposit protection contract security.

• LEASING
Acting for landlords or tenants in: negotiating complex commercial leases (including subleases, assignments, consents and surrenders) for retail, office and industrial premises; advising on lease defaults, distraint, CCAA and bankruptcy procedures; creating standard form leases and related documentation; and ensuring compliance with the Residential Tenancy Act for landlords of large rental residential developments.

• HOSPITALITY, RESORTS & TIMESHARE
Acting for owners, managers, developers and operators in acquisitions, dispositions, financings, new development and management/franchise arrangements involving conventional and condominium hotels, ski and waterfront resorts, golf courses and fractional and time-share projects and offerings.

• MUNICIPAL
Advising developers on local government requirements in conjunction with zoning, subdivision, permit approvals, and other municipal and planning issues; compliance with Local Government Act, Community Charter and Vancouver Charter; negotiating with local governments to settle all forms of development agreements and advising with respect to bylaw interpretation and disputes.

• COMPLIANCE
Providing up-to-date and knowledgeable advice on compliance issues relating to the Real Estate Development and Marketing Act, Strata Property Act, Real Estate Services Act, FINTRAC Regulations and Guidelines, Builders Lien Act, Residential Tenancy Act, Land Title Act and Homeowner Protection Act.

• INFRASTRUCTURE & CLEAN ENERGY
Advising developers of run-of-river, wind and other clean energy projects with respect to real estate matters in the development and financing phases as well as zoning and other compliance issues with local governments and regional districts, and advising on government and utility-related infrastructure initiatives and public-private partnerships.

Our clients value our exceptional team, depth of commercial real estate law experience, proactive and practical approach, creativity, negotiating skills and responsiveness.

Contact us for more information about how we can help you.