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Bavia Bisetty

Bavia Bisetty

Partner, Real Estate


Contact Information

bbisetty@osler.com

tel: 604.692.2791
tel: 403.260.7039

Office

Calgary, Vancouver

Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Alberta, 2014
Ontario, 2011
British Columbia, 2008
South Africa, 2000

Education
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Mining Law, 2013
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Ottawa, LLB Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, B.Proc./LLB
Language(s)
Afrikaans, English

Bavia Bisetty is a Partner in Osler’s Real Estate Practice Group. She practices primarily from the Vancouver office and maintains a presence in Calgary, with a Western Canada focus on commercial real estate. Bavia has a national profile in the industry having worked at major national firms in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary and this insight and experience allow her to comfortably navigate transactions across the country in a way that suits the style of counsel and stakeholders in each of those markets.  Her practice encompasses all areas of commercial real estate including acquisition and disposition transactions, commercial leasing, development, financing, co-ownership and joint ventures.

Bavia acts for pension funds and their advisers, REITs and private investors on the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of land, office, retail and industrial properties. She provides advice to owners, investment advisers and brokers regarding ongoing asset and property management and a host of matters relating to the ownership and management of all real estate asset classes. Bavia has significant experience in commercial leasing transactions for office, industrial and retail properties, as well as ground lease arrangements on First Nations’ land. She has represented both landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating leases and related agreements. 

Bavia is actively involved in industry organizations, is a strong mentor to young lawyers and has served on various not-for-profit and real estate sector groups.   

    • A Canadian pension fund and its advisor in respect of the lease agreement and construction contract with Amazon for a 450,000-sf industrial distribution facility in British Columbia on Tsawwassen First Nation land.
    • A life insurance company and its advisor on its acquisition of a shopping centre in Abbotsford, BC.
    • GWL Realty Advisors, and its investor clients on the acquisition of 555 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC for a purchase price in excess of $100 million.
    • A life insurance company and its advisor on the acquisition of a shopping centre in Airdrie, Alberta.
    • TELUS Communications Inc. on the sale of its interest in Telus Garden, a Class A LEED certified office / mixed use building in downtown Vancouver.
    • An international real estate investment manager on the acquisitions of shopping centres in Ontario and Alberta in excess of $250 million.
    • An Alberta investment manager on acquisition, financing and co-ownership arrangements on projects in British Columbia.
    • An asset manager and development advisor to a First Nations group in respect of development arrangements with a local developer of property on the University of British Columbia endowment lands.
    • Dream Asset Management is respect of various finance facilities.
    • An investment manager on restructuring existing co-ownership arrangements from a two tier co-ownership structure, in respect of Class A office complexes in downtown Calgary.
    • Boardwalk REIT in the disposition of various properties in British Columbia, including a C$140 million portfolio of assets.
    • National retailers in negotiating leases for retail stores in Alberta and BC.
    • A German open-ended real estate fund on the acquisition of a class A trophy property located in the business centre of Vancouver, BC, for approximately C$300-million.

Lexpert

  • Lexpert Zenith Award for pro bono work for the Vancouver Hospice Society, 2011

  • Serves on the Governance Committee for Urban Land Institute, Alberta.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY), a charitable not-for-profit organization providing settlement services to immigrant and refugee youth.
  • Served on the Membership Committee of CREW Vancouver, a non-profit association that brings together prominent women in the commercial real estate industry.

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Alberta
  • Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW)
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association

Previous Speaking Engagements:

  • Panellist, Calgary Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
  • Breakfast Roundtable Presenter, ICSC Canadian Law Conference, Toronto