Osler’s Real Estate Practice Group advises on a full range of domestic and cross-border transactions involving real estate. These transactions include acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financing arrangements, pension fund investments, leasing, asset management, infrastructure and development projects. Our integrated network of offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montréal, Ottawa and New York, our undisputed reputation for real estate finance and our ability to provide seamless, efficient service are factors that provide clients with a considerable competitive advantage.
The last two years have been record breaking in the Canadian real estate market, and Osler played a principal role in the most significant and transformational transactions. This included acting on the transfer of two landmark towers in Toronto’s financial core – the TD Canada Trust tower and Scotia Plaza. The latter transaction was the largest single building transaction ever in Canada. Additionally, the demand for REIT product was the highest in history and Osler played a key role in these REIT transactions.
Success with Canada’s Largest REITs
Osler’s experience in advising on the creation and management of REITs over the past decade has given us valuable insight into this market. We have acted on the most important REIT transactions for key participants in the real estate industry. We also provide counsel on securities, tax, corporate governance and IPO offerings to REITs and their subsidiaries, to underwriters and to lenders.
A Recognized Leader
Osler Real Estate lawyers are consistently recognized in numerous client and peer reviews of top legal advisors:
- Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers has quoted sources as saying that Osler lawyers "don’t skip a beat” and that they “have a strong client base and are significant players."
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory states that the firm is consistently recommended for its work in property development.
- Osler advised Dundee REIT and H&R REIT on their record-setting purchase of Scotia Plaza, recognized as the “Investment Deal of the Year” at the 2013 Real Estate Excellence Awards, hosted by NAIOP.