Matthew Ritchie

Matthew Ritchie

Partner, Real Estate

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5674



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2014


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • University of Windsor, B.Comm.



Matthew has extensive experience advising on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing (landlord and tenant) of industrial, office, retail, hospitality, long-term care, development and mixed-use properties. He also advises on insolvency and restructuring transactions since his call to the bar, and advises on the real estate components of mergers & acquisitions. Matthew started as an associate in Osler’s Real Estate Group in 2014, after completing his articles with Osler. During his articles, Matthew completed a secondment to Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian Banking Group. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School’s Juris Doctor program, where he received the Dominic Carinci Memorial Prize for high academic standing in Business Associations and Real Estate Transactions.

  • BAI Communications

    BAI Communications in the sale of its Canadian business to Rogers Communications

  • Google in various Canadian office leasing transactions, including the long term lease of approximately 400,000 square feet at 65 King St. E. in Toronto, ON

    LaSalle College in the long term lease of 92,000 square feet to be used for its design college at Kaslo Plaza in Vancouver and 17,000 of related office space

    PRO REIT in various Canadian real estate purchase and sale transactions, including its strategic joint venture with Crestpoint for 42 industrial properties, where PRO REIT and Crestpoint each purchased a 50% interest in 21 industrial properties for a total of $228M and PRO REIT sold a 50% interest in 21 of its industrial properties with a total value of $227 million, for a purchase price of $113.5 million and amendment of existing mortgages of $129 million and a 50% interest in a new mortgage of $148 million

    Oak Street Real Estate Capital in its acquisition of four commercial properties in Alberta and Ontario from H&R REIT for $167 million and mortgage of $89 million secured against three of those commercial properties

    A private real estate investor in its sale of three Loblaws distribution centres for $230.4 million and in its sale of a portfolio of Sobeys retail stores throughout Canada for $209 million

    Dream Industrial in various industrial warehouse leases and the sale of three U.S. properties to a U.S. joint venture in which Dream Industrial has an interest

    KingSett Capital in various office and retail leases, including Bloor St. leases to Gucci, Royal De Versailles and LaFayette 148

    EssilorLuxottica Canada in retail leases for its LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, RayBan and Pearlevision stores

    Clearco, Drop, Xanadu Quantum Technologies, Deep Genomics, Borrowell, LUS Brands, Inkbox Ink and other emerging and high growth companies in their Canadian office and industrial leasing and merger & acquisition transactions

    United Stars Industries in its 15 year lease of a 170,000 square foot industrial property in southwestern Ontario for manufacturing of precision engineered metal components

    Apollo in the real estate components of its purchase of the shares of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, including assumption of all Canadian leases and re-financing of its Canadian real estate portfolio

    Goldman Sachs in its Canadian office leasing transactions

    RSM Canada LLP in its Canadian office leasing matters and merger and acquisition transactions

    Toyotoshi Auto Group in leasing matters at the 401 Pearson Auto Mall, including Honda, Toyota and Audi auto dealerships

    Jet Equipment & Tools in their 10 year lease of a 105,000 square foot industrial property in Guelph, ON and additional leasing, subleasing and merger & acquisition matters

    A private company in the sale of the Devil’s Pulpit and Devil’s Paintbrush golf courses in Caledon, ON

    RBC Dominion Securities in the underwriting of share offerings for several large Canadian REITs

    A private company in the sale of the Delta Markham Hotel for $28 million and the Holiday Inn Toronto-Mississauga for $15.25 million

    Smart REIT (formerly Calloway) in its $1.12 billion acquisition and financing of SmartCentres properties, including Wal-Mart anchored properties

    Chartwell in its acquisition of five assisted living facilities in Ontario for $254 million

    Insolvency and Restructuring Transactions

    Stern Partners Inc. in its CCAA filing and restructuring of Ricki’s, Cleo and Bootlegger brands, including renegotiating over 300 retail leases

    Target in its CCAA filing and wind-down of Canadian operations

    Sears in its CCAA filing and wind-down of Canadian operations, including the sale of several retail portfolios and assignment of leases

    Forever 21 in its CCAA filing and wind-down of Canadian operations, including the assignment of valuable industrial leases

    Pier 1 Imports in its CCAA filing and wind-down of Canadian operations

    KPMG Inc. in its capacity of receiver in the sale of 2088 Lakeshore Road, Oakville, ON for $15 million

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  • Dominic Carinci Memorial Prize, 2013 

  • Osgoode Business Law Society, Treasurer
  • Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office, Research Assistant  

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