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George M. Valentini

George M. Valentini

Counsel, Real Estate

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6646

cel: 416.805.6914



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1984

  • University of Ottawa, LL.B.

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).

  • Who's Who Legal: Ranked in Who's Who Legal: International: Real Estate; Ranked in Who's Who Legal: Canada: Real Estate

  • University of Ottawa Common Law Section, Capital Campaign Committee, Member

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Division, Past Vice-Chair of the International Investment in Real Estate Committee
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Division, Past Chair of the Publications Committee

George has written and lectured extensively for business groups as well as for the Canadian Bar Association, The Law Society of Ontario and the American Bar Association on real estate and property related topics including:

  • Bondable Leases
  • Mortgage Backed Securities in Canada
  • Guarantees and Indemnities
  • Negotiating Loan Commitments and Security
  • Landlord/Tenant Remedies