Commercial Real Estate

With local expertise in every major Canadian market, our team advises on all aspects of real property.

While Canada offers a stable, low-risk environment for real estate development and investment, the sector continues to be influenced by a number of forces, including urbanization, demographic changes and technological advances. The successful execution of real estate transactions and investments requires the expertise of an experienced legal team with a keen understanding of those forces, one that anticipates potential issues and delivers integrated, innovative solutions.

Having played a principal role in several of the most transformational transactions in the Canadian real estate market, Osler’s Real Estate Group helps clients navigate even the most complex real estate transactions. With local expertise in every major Canadian market, our team advises on all aspects of real property including:

  • Acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, with particular expertise in portfolio transactions
  • Investments, with particular expertise advising pension fund investors
  • Development projects
  • Capital markets transactions, with particular expertise creating and advising REITs
  • Financing arrangements
  • Commercial leasing (retail, office and industrial)
  • Asset and risk management
  • Infrastructure projects

Our real estate lawyers possess both technical savvy and practical knowledge, and have earned the unparalleled reputation of being successful negotiators and creative problem solvers. The long-term relationships we build with our clients are based on collegiality and trust, a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the Canadian real estate sector. Our clients benefit from that knowledge, as well as Osler’s expertise in areas that intersect with the real estate industry, including capital markets, tax, alternative investment, corporate governance, construction, environmental, infrastructure and U.S. law.

Key Contacts


Paul Morassutti

Partner, Real Estate, Toronto

Representative Work

Latest Insights

  • Webinar Jun 7, 2024

    Real estate joint ventures – challenges in a shifting landscape

    A look at potential roadblocks and the path to limited conflicts In an ever-changing real estate market, resolving differences between joint vent...

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    Real estate joint ventures – challenges in a shifting landscape
  • Osler Update Apr 24, 2024

    Budget 2024 — good news and bad news for real estate

    One of the overarching themes of the federal budget tabled on April 16, 2024 was the increase of affordable housing supply.

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    Budget 2024 — good news and bad news for real estate
  • Webinar Feb 28, 2024

    Osler and Alvarez & Marsal: Real estate issues in an insolvency

    Learn about issues likely to be encountered in an insolvency, with insights learned through experience from experts in Osler’s insolvency and restruct...

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    Osler and Alvarez & Marsal: Real estate issues in an insolvency
  • Osler Update Jan 5, 2024

    Regulation of ‘forever chemicals’ (PFAS) in Canada

    The federal government recently announced its intention to designate PFAS as a class of toxic substances under CEPA.

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    Regulation of ‘forever chemicals’ (PFAS) in Canada
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Real Estate (Nationwide; Ontario; Alberta)
    • “The lawyers at Osler stand out for their responsiveness, expertise, and ease to deal with, as well as their ownership of issues.”
    • “The service is very strong. We were looking for support on planning and development, and Osler was one of the only firms with that specific area of expertise.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Property Development (Toronto, Ontario);  Property Leasing (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Real Estate

In the Media

  • Media Mentions Feb 11, 2023

    Ban on foreign homebuyers hits commercial real estate deals – The Globe and Mail

    Canada’s foreign homebuyer ban is inadvertently impacting commercial property deals, says Osler's Paul Morassutti.

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  • Media Mentions Sep 13, 2022

    Commercial real estate industry rallies amid rising costs – Canadian Lawyer

    Despite a cautious market, the outlook for Canadian commercial real estate is positive, says Osler’s Bavia Bisetty, partner, Real Estate, in an interv...

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  • Osler News Dec 14, 2021

    Osler advises on largest Calgary real estate deals for 2021

    Osler is leading in Calgary commercial real estate, advising on the two largest transactions this year.

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  • Media Mentions Sep 30, 2021

    Legal departments seek silver linings and seize new opportunities to develop the business – Canadian Lawyer magazine

    Increased growth opportunities in real estate and other areas of the Canadian economy can be expected once COVID is behind us.

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