Chris Newbert

Chris Newbert

Associate, Real Estate

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6582



Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2016


  • Western University, Doctor of Law (J.D.) (2015)
  • B.Sc. Accounting & Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science (2008)




Chris is an associate in the Real Estate Group of our Toronto office. He has experience in his practice advising clients on a range of commercial real estate matters, including commercial leasing, acquisition financing, and acquisition and disposition of real property assets.

Prior to joining Osler in 2021, Chris was a member of the Real Estate Transactions & Leasing group at another leading Canadian national law firm.

  • Dream Industrial REIT

    Dream Industrial REIT in its $5.9 billion acquisition, in partnership with a leading global sovereign wealth fund, of Summit Industrial Income REIT

  • *Notable Matters Prior to joining Osler

    *Acted for a prominent Canadian institutional asset manager and global real estate investment management advisor in connection with acquisitions and dispositions totaling in excess of $1 billion.  Notable recent transactions include:

    • - Acquisition of a joint venture interest (and corresponding acquisition financing and JV structuring) in an under construction 475,000 square foot technology-focussed office and retail development located along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.
    • -The acquisition of a joint venture interest (and corresponding acquisition financing and JV structuring) in an interconnected historic and modern office development in Toronto’s financial core, with a university and co-working space operator as the anchor tenants.
    • -The disposition of various office and shopping centre complexes in the Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton markets.

    *Acted as Canadian counsel for a global hotel chain in connection with the sale of their Canadian real estate holdings and retained hotel management contracts, including the sale of a landmark hotel in Toronto’s downtown core.

    *Represented a prominent Canadian development group and private wealth manager in connection with the acquisition, financing and development of a 13-acre environmentally sensitive site (former heavy industrial use) in Mississauga, Ontario, which has since been redeveloped as a state-of-the-art 275,000 square foot Class “A” light-industrial facility.

    *Represented a foreign-based investment group and their affiliated funds in connection with the acquisition of large office and industrial complexes (totalling approximately 1,000,000 square feet) in the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario.

    *Represented an upscale fitness chain in connection with long-term ground leases and associated construction of 70,000 square foot buildings relating to the chain’s continuing Canadian expansion.

  • Find More

  • Best Lawyers: Recognized as “One to Watch” in Real Estate Law

  • Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic, Student Volunteer
  • Pro Bono Students Canada, Student Volunteer

  • Ontario Bar, 2016
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)
  • National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP)

Deal making in the new normal, Miller Thomson, November 2020

Adjusting to the New Normal: Transacting & Managing Commercial Real Estate amid COVID-19 (webinar), Miller Thomson, Colliers, and BentallGreenOak, July 2020

On the Horizon: Landlord Licensing in Toronto, Miller Thomson, November 2016