In this chapter we recognise 52 leading real estate specialists who have been chosen for their expertise across a wide range of matters including acquisitions, disposals, financing and leasing.
Most Highly Regarded
Blake Cassels & Graydon stands out with an impressive eight nominations in this chapter.
Thomas von Hahn is a “truly excellent lawyer” who is a “veteran in the field” with a “strong client base”. He does an “excellent job acting for federal pension funds in joint ventures”.
Silvana D’Alimonte is singled out for her three decades of experience working on large-scale real estate financings and transactions.
Joseph Grignano is recognised as “the go-to commercial leasing specialist” with extensive experience acting for owners, developers and tenants.
Chris Huband a first-rate lawyer who is revered for his “strong and thorough approach” as well as his 30-plus years of experience negotiating large-scale commercial real estate transactions.
McCarthy Tétrault receives five nominations this year.
Abraham Costin is highly sought-after by developers and financial institutions for his broad leasing and financing expertise.
John Currie is a “market-leading real estate lawyer” who is “extremely practical and deal-minded” and a “true pleasure to deal with”.
Danny Grandilli is highlighted for his stellar reputation in the pension funds space where he stands out in real estate private equity offerings and acquisitions.
Keith Burrell QC is distinguished by his stellar track record working across the full gamut of real estate matters including structuring, developing and financing projects.
James Papadimitriou is a “phenomenal lawyer who is vastly practical and user friendly” and “cuts right down to the essence of transactions in an excellent way”.
Goodmans performs well with three listings.
Juli Morrow enjoys a “spectacular reputation” for her broad real estate practice encompassing financings, dispositions, leasing issues and public offerings.
Fred Rubinoff is noted for his “broad depth of knowledge knowledge” which he applies to complex commercial leasing deals, real estate financings and purchase and sale transactions.
Andrew Wiseman is a long-standing figure in the Canadian market with an impressive understanding of real estate and leasing law.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg excels with six lawyers noted.
Gabriella Lombardi is a “fabulous lawyer” who is “thoughtful, intelligent and responsive”. She “works tremendously well under pressure” and is lauded for her track record in high-value IPOs and corporate finance transactions.
With more than 40 years of experience in the field, Robert Bauer “has been a leading practitioner for an incredibly long time”. He excels in PPPs and joint venture transactions.
Gregory Howard is a top-notch lawyer with an impressive amount of experience working on REITs, private equity funds and the full range of real estate transactions.
Stikeman Elliott earns five listings.
Stefan Fews provides “top-tier legal advice” and takes a “strong analytical approach”. He is well versed in negotiating high-value acquisitions and advising on real estate lending.
Ross MacDonald QC is highlighted for the breadth of his experience handling PPP and real estate transactions.
Greg Plater is singled out for his broad expertise spanning the full spectrum of real estate matters including acquisitions, financings, dispositions, development projects and leasing issues.
David Dell at Torys enjoys an outstanding reputation for his expansive knowledge of lending, restructuring, leasing, real estate purchase and sale transactions.
Natalie Vukovich of Daoust Vukovich is “highly skilled in commercial leasing matters” and regularly advises a range of clients including landlords and tenants.
The “excellent” S Paul Mantini with Bennett Jones is “certainly held in high regard for his distinguished real estate practice” which focuses on innovative transactions and restructuring matters.
Simon Crawford is a “vastly knowledgeable lawyer” with a thorough understanding of joint venture structures and complex real estate transactions.