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 lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
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...
Adina Georgescu is a moderator at the Montréal Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
Adina Georgescu acts as a moderator at the afternoon session intitled “How Will The Announced Transportation Projects Such As The REM And Metro Line Extension Impact Real Estate?” Transportation projects can have various impacts on a community’s economic development objectives,...
Nelly Mosstaghimi-Tehrani presents at Commercial Real Estate Transactions 2018
Nelly Mosstaghimi-Tehrani presents at the Law Society of Ontario’s Commercial Real Estate Transations 2018 program on the topic of “Vendor Due Diligence: Key Considerations When Acting on a Sale Transaction”.
Steven Chaimberg speaks at the Montréal Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
Steven Chaimberg speaks at the Rapid fire legal roundtable: hot trends and puzzling issues in 60 minutes at the Montréal Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference. A fast-paced session that will cover an assortment of “odds and sods” that people...
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.
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.
New Dual Agency Rules in B.C. and the Impact on Commercial Real Estate Transactions – What you Need to Know
Miller Thomson’s Real Estate group invites you to a complimentary lunch seminar on the new dual agency rules in B.C. which will come into effect on June 15, 2018. Join us for this session to learn more about the new...
Miller Thomson 2018 Montréal Construction Law Conference
Featuring: claims, blockchain, quantification of damages, insurance, AMF, tax, cannabis and more! Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for a daylong conference intended for all construction and real estate sector stakeholders and keep appraised of the most recent developments...
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...
Use and Non-Use of Licensed Land Agents by Renewable Energy Companies
In Alberta, oil and gas companies have long required the services of accredited land agents in acquiring or leasing land to exploit the mineral resources there. The recent surge in interest in renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar, presents...
Reminder Notice to Real Estate Owners and Tenants in Quebec – 2018-2020 Property Assessment Appeals
Deadline : April 30, 2018 The value of your Quebec property is assessed every three years by the relevant assessing authority (“Authority”), depending on the assessment cycle your municipality is part of. This triennial assessment will determine the property taxes...
Environmental Liability of Commercial Landlords: Limited Landlord Liability for Acts/Omissions of its Tenants
A case review of Sorbam v Litwack 2017 ONSC 706 (CanLII), aff’d 2017 ONCA 850 Synopsis The case involves a somewhat typical contaminated land dispute between neighbouring commercial property owners. The plaintiff conducted investigations on its property in support of...
“Green” Changes Announced for Ontario Building Code
On July 14, 2017, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes are being made to include new requirements supporting the government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June...
What Does the Elimination of the Ontario Municipal Board Mean? – Preliminary Expectations
The Ontario government has announced that it will introduce legislation to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) with a new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”). The most important change is the elimination of the OMB’s power to substitute its decision...
New Real Property Register Requirement
On December 10, 2016 the Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (“FCPA”) came into force in Ontario. This act makes it easier for the Government of Ontario to use or sell property that has been forfeited to the Ontario Crown upon...
New Vancouver-Area Real Estate Taxes
Two taxes have been recently introduced in the Vancouver area, designed to cool the local estate market. The BC “Foreign Buyer Tax” Effective August 2, 2016, a transfer tax of 15% of fair market value is payable by “foreign nationals”...
Short-Term Condominium Rentals
Short-term rental condominiums operated through online companies like AirBnB and VRBO are becoming an increasingly popular choice for travellers and condominium unit owners alike. Travellers appreciate the sense of home, convenience, affordability and amenities that a privately owned condominium provides,...
Review Your Property Tax Situation Before 2016 Ends
As 2016 draws to a close, there are a number of property tax questions that landowners and tenants in Ontario should consider to ensure you do not miss a tax saving opportunity. Do you wonder if some or all of...
Sometimes, the unexpected can occur. Someone gets sick, a big contract falls through, or renovations of a new space go awry – for whatever reason, a tenant may find itself unable to vacate its premises on the termination date of...
Keywords Studios acquires Snowed In Studios
Counsel to Keywords Studios
Bank lenders arrange expanded $1.08 billion credit facility for AutoCanada
Counsel to a syndicate of lenders
DISA Global Solutions acquires Permax Permit Service Ltd. and 730 Permit Services Inc.
Counsel to DISA Global Solutions
Wilhelmina Group acquires 40 acre property
Counsel to Wilhelmina Group Limited Partnership
Southbridge completes acquisition of three long term care homes in Thunder Bay
Counsel to Southbridge Health Care LP
GP Strategies acquires IC Axon
Canadian counsel to GP Strategies
Chartwell acquires four Edmonton retirement communities in $297.9 million transaction
Counsel to one of the vendors
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services expands services with transfer of 263 housing units
Counsel to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
Sunlife and Bentall Kennedy in joint venture to develop premier rental location in Toronto’s Parkdale neigbourhood
Counsel to Sun Life Investment Management and Bentall Kennedy
Safety Express acquires Norclean
Counsel to Norclean and its shareholders