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Buyers and sellers of significant commercial real estate assets need seasoned counsel with the practical and technical expertise to identify and deal with risks and issues, and to ensure their deals close.

Private and publicly traded investors, pension funds, REITs, developers and governmental bodies turn to McCarthy Tétrault to handle their most complex real estate transactions from start to finish. We have extensive experience in the acquisition and disposition, individually and on a portfolio basis, of all types of real estate: office buildings, industrial and development properties, shopping centres, hotels, apartment buildings, resort developments, resource properties and infrastructure projects.

Clients choose McCarthy Tétrault for our experience, domestic and international expertise, and value-added advice:

  • We identify issues — No one wants to be surprised by a significant issue part-way through a transaction. Our knowledge of the real estate area allows us to see the issues early, focus on the important ones, and work out a game plan to minimize risk.
  • We solve problems creatively — It is one challenge to identify issues; it is quite another to suggest and implement innovative solutions. We do both. Our “can-do” approach has helped parties find ways to close difficult real estate deals worldwide. We are deal facilitators.
  • We quarterback transactions — Our lawyers specialize in large-scale, multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions that require the co-ordination of principals, consultants, advisors and others. The more complex the deal, the better!

Given our deep involvement with real estate transactions, lawyers in our other practice areas are very familiar with the relevant issues and always available to help. Our tax lawyers add value to real estate transactions by identifying permissible methods of minimizing and deferring taxes and, working with them, we implement structures that achieve our clients' goals. We know pension benefit and securities legislation. For example, pension funds that invest in real estate rely on our advice to comply with national and provincial rules to retain their tax-exempt status. Public companies and equity investors trust us to ensure they comply with current provincial securities regulatory requirements.

And once the transaction closes, we can assist in any aspect of the operation of the asset.

For strength in closing deals and beyond, trust McCarthy Tétrault with all your real estate transactions.

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