Miller Thomson’s Transactions & Leasing Group is comprised of a team of professionals spanning 12 offices located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, with in-depth knowledge and experience who are ready to assist with any real property needs. We offer a full complement of services and the expertise to help you navigate land acquisition and disposition, ownership and transaction structuring, financing, land use planning and development, joint ventures and mixed use developments. We also have extensive experience in commercial lease negotiations including retail, industrial and office leasing. We take an innovative and proactive approach to developing and implementing solutions to the challenges faced by our clients in their real estate transactions and management of real estate assets.
Our Group works hand in hand with colleagues in related fields of expertise such as corporate, construction, environmental, tax, zoning and municipal law to ensure a collaborative and comprehensive approach to the success of your projects.
We represent a wide array of vendors, purchasers, landlords, tenants, developers, real estate advisors, hotel owners and operators, REITs, private and institutional lenders, as well as domestic and foreign investors who are attracted to the highly competitive Canadian real estate market. Our seasoned experts provide strategic, creative and sound advice in all areas of commercial real estate from day-to-day operational issues, acting as an extension of and complement to in-house counsel, to transactional complications, including in the following key areas of expertise:
- Transaction and investment structuring for acquisition and development
- Acquisition and disposition of all classes of real property assets including development, mixed-use, multi-residential, office, retail, industrial, hotel and recreational properties
- Real estate financing including construction, mixed-use project and long-term loans
- Ownership structuring for real property including shareholder arrangements, partnerships and joint ventures
- Development, land use and subdivision
- Property and project management
- Commercial leasing
- Asset management
- Construction, development and property management agreements
Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Leonard Gangbar wins 2014 Zenith Award
Miller Thomson is pleased to congratulate Leonard Gangbar, Co-Chair of the Real Estate and Property Development Group at the firm’s Toronto office, on his recognition as a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award winner. This year, the annual award focused on celebrating...
Max Maréchaux presented with Office Lease of the Year award
Miller Thomson’s Max Maréchaux, who represents Ernst & Young LLP, was awarded the Office Lease of the Year Award at the 13th Annual Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards. Maréchaux represented Ernst &Young LLP in one of its largest lease transactions...
Savvas Kotsopoulos named 2013 Lexpert Rising Star
Savvas Kotsopoulos has been named by Lexpert as a Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Savvas was honoured at a dinner and awards ceremony, which took place in Toronto on November 5, 2013. The prestigious award recognizes Canada’s leading lawyers...
Max Maréchaux mentioned in Lexpert’s Big Real Estate Deals
Oxford Properties Group announced that Ernst & Young LLP will be the lead tenant of Oxford Properties’ new development being constructed at 100 Adelaide Street West, between Bay and York Streets, in Toronto’s downtown financial core. This is Ernst &...
Andy Chan and Aaron Atcheson selected by Lexpert as “Lawyers to Watch”
We are pleased to announce that Andy Chan and Aaron Atcheson were recently selected as Lawyers to Watch in the Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada. Both Andy and Aaron were recognized as one...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in Who’s Who Legal
We are pleased to announce that seven Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013. This annual compendium features the very best legal practitioners in 143 countries...
Max Maréchaux represents Ernst & Young LLP in one of their largest lease transactions
Max Maréchaux recently completed a lease deal on behalf of client Ernst & Young LLP for Oxford Properties’ new development being constructed at 100 Adelaide Street West, between Bay and York Streets, in Toronto’s downtown financial core. This is Ernst...
Miller Thomson featured in Lexpert’s 18 BIG DEALS for May 2013
Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Completes IPO and Portfolio Real Estate Purchase Miller Thomson represented the REIT with respect to real estate and finance matters in Canada with a team that included Michael Wren, Natalia Iamundo, Nancy Avison and Tom...
Sharon MacMillan speaks on foreign home buyers tax
Sharon MacMillan speaks to members of the Burnaby Board of Trade on the 15% property transfer tax for foreign buyers of residential property in Metro Vancouver, and how it is implemented and applied.
Greg Shannon speaks on tax considerations for real estate
Greg Shannon presents “U.S. and Canada Tax Considerations on Selling U.S. Vacation Real Estate” at the Kelowna Estate Planning Society fall seminar.
Jeffrey Selby and Steven Chaimberg speak at Shopping Centre Law Conference
The Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference is presented by the International Council of Shopping Centres. Jeffrey Selby speaks on a panel discussing “Issues with Leasing in a Multi-Use Development or Condominium”. Steven Chaimberg speaks on a “Legal Update” panel.
Stewart Berringer speaks on legal opinions
Stewart Berringer presents “Legal Opinions 101” at the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s Due Diligence & Legal Opinions program.
Jeff Selby will be presenting at the Prairies Chapter Matrics Roundtable on June 18, 2015.
Jeff Selby and Josh Selby present at the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Condominiums; A Practitioner’s Update, October 22, 2014
Mike Walker speaks on “E-Filing” at CLEBC’s course on Real Estate Fundamentals for Lawyers.
Jennifer Babe chairs and presents at the Business Law Summit. Her presentation focuses on CASL compliance for clients and lawyers’ practices. Max Marechaux speaks on the assignment of real estate leases in business deals.
Eric Davis speaks at a Corporate Practitioners of Waterloo Region meeting on the topic of “The Planning Regime in Ontario: What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know”
John Cross and Barrie Pomerance speak at the Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference.
Project Development: Environmental and Indigenous Considerations – Montreal
Le développement de tout projet d’envergure peut générer de nombreux enjeux en matière environnementale que ce soit au niveau de l’obtention des permis requis, de l’acceptabilité sociale, de la gestion des risques dans les contrats d’approvisionnement ou du financement. Le...
Tactical Primer on Mixed-Use Developments
An interactive and informative, fast-paced discussion of hot-button issues in mixed-used developments including: Structuring and risk allocation HST considerations Financing Planning considerations Freehold vs. condominium Leasing Speakers include: Savvas Kotsopoulos, Toronto Anna Balinsky, Toronto Ron Choudhury, Toronto Eric Davis, Kitchener-Waterloo...
Environmental Issues in Property Development
This seminar’s topics include: Regulatory Framework for Dealing with Contaminated Land Environmental Considerations in Property Transactions Managing Environmental Due Dilligence Investigations Special Considerations with Gas Station Properties Dealing with Excess Fill
Environmental Issues in Property Development
This seminar covers the following topics: Regulatory Framework in Dealing with Contaminated Land Environmental Considerations in Property Transactions Managing Environmental Due Dilligence Investigations Dealing with Excess Fill
Real Estate Syndication and Lending Legal Workshop
Miller Thomson LLP presents a complimentary luncheon workshop and roundtable discussion. Each table is hosted by a Miller Thomson lawyer to lead the discussions. Prior to the workshop, you receive questions to review to help facilitate the networking portion of the event. You...
Environmental Issues in Property Development
Miller Thomson hosts a complimentary breakfast seminar. Presented by lawyers in our Environmental and Real Estate practice groups, our seminar covers: Regulatory Framework for Dealing with Contaminated Land Environmental Considerations in Property Transactions Managing Environmental Due Diligence Investigation Special Considerations with Gas...
Environmental Issues in Property Development
Presented by lawyers in our Environmental and Real Estate practice groups, our seminar covers: Regulatory Framework for Dealing with Contaminated Land Environmental Considerations in Property Transactions Managing Environmental Due Diligence Investigations Special Considerations with Gas Station Properties Time: 7:30 a.m....
Real Estate Joint Ventures Seminar
This seminar on real estate joint ventures covers, dos and don’ts, best practices, competitive intelligence and information sharing. Highlights of this presentation include: Effective and tax efficient structuring Real property and construction Development management, construction management and governance Industry trends...
L’expert en droit et la vérification diligente des transactions immobilières
Pierre Paquet, Luc Gratton and Chantal Joubert discuss the various aspects and impact of real estate due diligence in a presentation entitled “L’expert en droit et la vérification diligente des transactions immobilières”, which is part of the program of the...
Conflicts of Interest When Acting for Corporate Clients
Jennifer Quick speaks at the LSUC’s Ethical Red Flags for Real Estate Lawyers seminar on “Conflicts of Interest When Acting for Corporate Clients.”
Lease Deposit Characterized as Security Interest
Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Vol. 28, No. 1, October 2015
Case Summary of Alignvest Private Debt Ltd. v. Surefire Industries Ltd.
Reality Tax Liens, WSIB Premiums, and Mortgage Priorities
Commercial Priorities for Real Estate and Business Lawyers 2015, The Law Society of Upper Canada
Taking Over Existing Leases: A Tenant’s Perspective
In many transactions involving the purchase and sale of a business, the seller may not own the property where the business is carried on but may have an existing lease of the property. In a situation where there is a...
Facing the “Big Unknown”
New Building Issues Negotiating offers and leases for new space in an existing building requires careful consideration of a number of issues such as landlord’s work, possession date(s), fixturing period(s), improvement allowances and remedies (if any) in the event of...
Tread carefully through ‘additional name insured’ territory
One of the many tricky terms in the insurance provisions of a lease is the common clause requiring that the landlord be included as an “additional named insured” in the tenant’s commercial general liability policy (“CGL“). While it is always...
New Relief for Landlords from Relief from Forfeiture
Relief from forfeiture, the right of the courts to set aside any landlord termination of the lease and to reinstate the evicted tenant to the leased premises, has long been an integral part of the Canadian commercial leasing scene. In...
Real Estate Investment and Securities Regulation
Written by Collin May Real estate has long served as an attractive investment opportunity for those with some extra cash to spend. Whether as rental property generating monthly income or as a long-term investment offering the potential for significant appreciation...
Lease Transfer Provisions & Corporate Tenant
Do mergers/amalgamations trigger consent rights? It is not uncommon for a national corporate tenant (especially those with international roots) to be part of a complicated organizational structure which can include cross-border elements. Tax and securities-driven reorganizations and restructurings are also...
No Trespassers Allowed
The act of “trespassing” is often conceptualized as one person setting foot on another person’s land without their consent. “Get off my property, you’re TRESPASSING!” is a common phrase landowners employ when faced with uninvited guests. At law, the term...
Strata Property 2013: Borrowing
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC
Thermon Group Holdings completes $260.3 million strategic acquisition of CCI Thermal Technologies
Counsel to CCI Thermal Technologies Inc.
Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution
Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.
Agellan Commercial REIT completes $42.2 million disposition of portion of Parkway Place
Counsel to Agellan Commercial REIT
GFL Environmental acquires Saskatchewan-based Regens Group
Counsel to GFL Environmental Inc.
Banking syndicate provides $153 million loan to finance major Alberta real estate developer
Counsel to a Schedule I bank in its capacity as lead arranger, syndication agent and administrative agent for the banking syndicate
Snobelen Farms purchases J&V Farms of Brantford
Counsel to Snobelen Farms Ltd.
My Gym assets sold in Winnipeg
Counsel to the vendors
Associa Canada Holdings Ltd. acquires Harmony Management
Counsel to Associa Canada Holdings Ltd.
Creative Planogram Company acquired by SRP Companies
Counsel to Creative Planogram Company
Extended Stay Hotels sells its Canadian hotels in $76 million transaction
Counsel to Extended Stay America, Inc.