Canada: Real Estate 2018

In this chapter we recognise 52 leading lawyers for their excellent work handling a range of matters across the real estate sector including transactions, investments and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Abraham Costin McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
2. Chris Huband Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
3. Thomas von Hahn Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
4. Juli Morrow Goodmans LLP, Toronto
5. Steven Martin Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon performs well this year and sees 10 lawyers listed here.
Chris Huband has over three decades of experience advising on commercial real estate transactions across a range of property types, and is recognised for his deep understanding of the market.
Thomas von Hahn is well known for his strong real estate practice where he advises clients on investments in relation to the acquisition and sale of real estate properties and mortgages.
Garth Anderson focuses his top-notch practice on the transactional aspects of commercial real estate properties, including the financing and development of projects for both domestic and international clients.
Jeff Merrick has extensive experience advising on a broad range of real estate matters from development to leasing, with a particular focus on complex financing for large projects.
Silvana D’Alimonte is a financing expert who impresses sources with her vast experience in the real estate market, where she advises on issues such as receivership, restructuring and enforcement of securities.

McCarthy Tétrault sees six practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Abraham Costin is one of the leading real estate lawyers in the Canadian market. He is known for his vast experience in the field as well as the first-rate advice he provides on transactional matters.
Danny Grandilli focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactional work and private equity matters and gains recognition for his particular expertise in advising pension funds on real estate issues.
John Currie is highlighted by peers for his experience in real estate transactional work. He is well versed in handling financing, securitisation, joint ventures and project development contracts.
James Papadimitriou has a highly developed practice that spans a wide range of real estate issues from foreign investment in properties to senior housing and industrial projects.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is a strong player and has five individuals highlighted here.
Steven Martin is a highly respected figure in the market who has strong expertise in real estate-related transactional issues that include leasebacks, joint ventures and financings.
Gabriella Lombardi is commended for the outstanding advice she delivers to a range of clients on complex real estate matters including commercial transactions.
Gregory Howard has vast experience in the real estate market and has advised clients for over three decades on acquisitions, REITs, workouts and financings.
Robert Bauer impresses with his experience in the real estate market, and is considered a highly knowledgeable and effective practitioner in project development issues across a range of industries.
Elias Benhamou provides superb advice to clients in both the public and private sectors, drawing on his experience in the field and his specialisation in financing and lending matters.

Stikeman Elliott also receives five nominations here.  
Stefan Fews is well known by peers for his standout work in the real estate transactional market, where he advises on matters across sectors such as retail, hospitality and office space.
Eric Carmona is commended for his work on transactional and lending issues, impressing peers with his great experience and ability across a variety of sectors and property types.
Douglas Klaassen frequently advises clients, from landlords to rating agencies, on property leasing, mortgage lending and private equity financings.

Goodmans achieves three listings in this year’s research.
Juli Morrow has extensive experience in the market and draws praise for her outstanding expertise in financings, acquisitions, leasebacks and IPOs of REITS.
Fred Rubinoff focuses his top-tier real estate practice on joint ventures, land development, financing and transactional work, and receives praise for his work on high-value, complex deals.
Andrew Wiseman leads the firm’s real estate practice and is commended for his work on a wide range of issues that include financing, transactional work and leasing.

Bennett Jones sees three individuals recognised in this chapter.
Paul Mantini is highly experienced in the commercial real estate field, advising clients on high-profile and high-value real estate deals. He is praised for his significant expertise in financing and debt matters.
Simon Crawford is well regarded by peers for his outstanding real estate practice in which he advises on intricate real estate purchases and lending.
Wayne Whitlock QC specialises in representing financial institutions and developers in real estate matters pertaining to lending, workouts and restructurings.

Hayden Solomons of Aird & Berlis is highly regarded by peers for his work on real estate transactions, providing advice on acquisitions, dispositions, financing and secured lending.

Sabrina Gherbaz at Torys is highlighted as a standout practitioner for her work in project transactions, development and financing.  

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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