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Craig Shirreff

OFFICE

Vancouver

DIRECT LINE

604-643-5955

E-MAIL

[email protected]

V-CARD

LAW SCHOOL

University of Toronto

BAR ADMISSION

British Columbia, 1999




Biography

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Craig Shirreff leads our Real Property and Planning Group in Vancouver. He advises clients in a number of different industries on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, structuring, leasing and financing. His recent experience includes the following transactions by industry:

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

  • acting on an on-going basis for various developers in British Columbia in connection with site acquisitions, marketing, pre-sale matters and development work for residential and mixed-use projects, including projects involving air-space parcel subdivisions, marina facilities and social housing;
  • acting for the purchaser of the Bentall Centre office complex in Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • acting for the vendor on the sale of St. Paul’s Hospital and the Station Street research and innovation park lands in Vancouver, British Columbia;

HOSPITALITY / RECREATION

  • acting for the purchaser of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia;
  • acting for the developer of "Parq", a destination entertainment and casino complex adjacent to BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • acting for the vendor on the sale of commercial retail space and development lands located in Blue Mountain, Ontario;
  • acting on an on-going basis for an international hotel operator in connection with matters involving its managed hotels in British Columbia;

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

  • acting on an on-going basis for a public research university in British Columbia in connection with various matters, including land management, leasing and regulatory issues;

ENERGY AND UTILITIES

  • acting for the lenders in a project financing for the Dokie Ridge wind farm, a 144-megawatt wind farm project near Chetwynd, British Columbia;
  • acting for the lenders in a project financing for the Toba Montose hydro power plant, a 78-megawatt run-of-the-river project near Powell River, British Columbia;
  • acting for the lenders in a project financing for the Jimmie Creek hydro power plant, a 62-megawatt run-of-the-river project near Powell River, British Columbia;
  • acting for the lenders in a project financing for the Skookum Creek hydro power plant, a 25-megawatt run-of-the-river project near Squamish, British Columbia;
  • acting on an on-going basis for several Canadian independent power producers in connection with various land tenure, security and title insurance matters;

CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL

  • acting on an on-going basis for the Canadian branch of one the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chains in connection with various matters in British Columbia, including leasing and site acquisitions;
  • assisting a Canadian furniture retailer with provincial real estate matters relating to its takeover of a competitor;
  • acting on an on-going basis for several private liquor store groups in British Columbia in connection with site acquisitions, financings, leasing and liquor licencing matters;

FORESTRY AND PAPER

  • acting on an on-going basis for a provincial forestry company in connection with various matters, including land acquisitions, dispositions, development, land management and subdivision matters; and
  • assisting an international tissue company with provincial real estate matters relating to its reorganization, refinancing and initial public offering.

Mr. Shirreff has received a number of professional recognitions. He appears in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of real estate law, and has appeared in that publication since 2013. He is also featured in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the areas of property leasing and property development, and has appeared in that publication since 2015. He was also identified in Lexpert’s 2017 Special Edition on Infrastructure as a leading infrastructure lawyer, and has appeared in that publication since 2015.

Mr. Shirreff received a BA in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1995 and a JD from the University of Toronto in 1998. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1999.

Mr. Shirreff sits on the editorial advisory board of the British Columbia Real Estate Practice Manual and the legal professions advisory committee of the Land Title & Survey Authority. He is the co-leader of the firm’s National Post Secondary Initiative, the co-editor of the Firm’s Real Estate MATTERS publication and a frequent contributor to the Firm’s real property blog, "The Lay of the Land". He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Vancouver Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

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