Canada: Real Estate 2017

We feature 47 individuals in this chapter who are recognised for their outstanding work providing advice to clients incorporating tenants, investors and developers on all aspects of buying, selling, letting, developing and managing real estate.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Eric Carmona Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
2. Abraham Costin McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
3. Thomas von Hahn Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
4. Juli Morrow Goodmans, Toronto
5. Douglas Klaassen Stikeman Elliott, Toronto

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON boasts the foremost real estate team in the country, achieving 11 nominations in this chapter.
Thomas von Hahn is “a great lawyer” who stands out as “a real leader in the market”. He regularly represents pension funds and investors in the acquisition of mortgage portfolios and real estate.
“Superstar” Chris Huband is renowned for his “wonderful practice” which encompasses all classes of real estate assets. One source notes: “When it comes to fund formation he is just terrific!”
Commercial real estate specialist Silvana D’Alimonte wins high praise from peers and clients alike who consider her “an absolute pleasure to work with”.
John Hutmacher is widely recognised in the Canadian market for his top-tier transactional work in the real estate sector.
Daniel Ferreira focuses his impressive practice on the whole gamut of real estate transactions, from acquisitions to joint ventures and financings.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT sees five impressive practitioners recognised for their work in the space.
Eric Carmona is the leading real estate attorney in the country, and is highly regarded for his expert handling of the whole transactional process from financing to purchase.
Douglas Klaassen is regarded by sources as “a very strong practitioner” and is well versed in dealing with mortgage lending, property leasing and structured financings.
Stefan Fews boasts “a very good practice in Montreal”, and wins widespread recognition for his excellent work in relation to commercial real estate matters.

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG also receives five nominations in this chapter.
Steven Martin is “a leading name in the space” according to one peer, and is recognised for his fantastic transactional work in the sector.
Gabriella Lombardi is highly sought after by clients, who include public companies and pension funds across a range of industries from energy to hospitality.
Elias Benhamou stands out for his impressive financial expertise, and is a well-known figure in the field.

We highlight five standout practitioners from MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT this year for their strong expertise in the field.
Abraham Costin is “a top lawyer” recognised for his market leading real estate practice. Sources note, “He’s one of the best out there.”
Danny Grandilli is “a funds specialist” according to market commentators, who praise him for his outstanding fund formation and investment work.
James Papadimitriou is an active name in the field and is highlighted for his terrific work on real estate transactions, financings and developments.

BENNETT JONES sees three individuals noted for their expertise in the real estate sector.
Paul Mantini is “a superb lawyer” who enjoys a great reputation as “one of the senior figures” in the market.
Simon Crawford is a world-class commercial real estate practitioner known for his work on major transactional deals in the sector.
Wayne Whitlock QC co-heads the firm’s real estate practice and is highlighted for his exceptional expertise in the space.

GOODMANS achieve three nominations in this chapter.
Juli Morrow is one of the country’s leading real estate lawyers, and draws high praise for her “excellent” work in the field as well as her “impressive list of clients”. Andrew Wiseman leads the firm’s real estate group and impresses peers who commend his strong expertise dealing with property development, real estate and construction matters.
Fred Rubinoff is described by sources as “a top-notch practitioner” who is “a great guy” and “a real pleasure to work with”.

Three individuals at TORYS are recognised in this chapter.
David Dell leads the commercial real estate practice and is well known among market sources for his first-rate work in real estate development, joint ventures and investment trusts.
Sabrina Gherbaz is a widely recognised figure in the Canadian real estate market. Recent highlights include advising Wells Fargo on its acquisition of a $9 billion commercial real estate loan portfolio from GE Capital Corporation.
Rose Bailey also wins praise for her fantastic sector-related work. 

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