George is counsel to the Firm’s National Real Estate Practice Group. George is based in the Firm’s Toronto office and is available to assist clients with commercial real estate matters. Between July 2013 and June 2016, George was the Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Dream Unlimited group of companies and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Dream owns and manages over $15 billion of real estate throughout Canada and in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and the USA.
Prior to joining Dream, George spent 27 years as an associate and partner of the Firm including chairing the Firm’s National Real Estate Group for four years. George’s practice has included a wide range of commercial transactions focusing on business asset acquisitions and dispositions, project developments and financings, mortgage bond and other fixed and floating rate financings, joint ventures, commercial leasing and other real estate-based transactions and workouts. He has advised Real Estate Investment Trusts on all aspects of their business; financial institutions and borrowers on the issuance and purchase of mortgage bonds and other fixed income and floating rate financings; lenders and borrowers on commercial lending matters, loan realizations and workouts; purchasers and vendors on acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and real estate developments; developers on joint venture, partnership and management arrangements; and investors and lenders on project acquisitions, structuring and financing for infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships (P3).