REITs

At the intersection of corporate, real estate, and tax law, we provide clear direction for our REIT clients

With leading expertise nationwide, our lawyers design tailored, all-encompassing legal solutions for Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) transactions involving Canada.

Coverage in all critical areas

Bringing our top-tier ranked M&A, capital markets, tax and real estate practices together, we offer the quality advice and excellence in service needed for successful transactions and other legal issues involving REITs.

We are seasoned in supporting the legal and business activities of publicly and privately owned REITs, real estate funds, partnerships and joint ventures, and other real estate owners and market participants such as issuers, underwriters, lenders, sponsors, and advisors. Whether you operate throughout Canada, in the US, or globally, you receive complete support from our full-scale, multi-disciplinary REIT expertise. We offer comprehensive legal solutions for REITs span:

  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • property and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions;
  • take-over bids;
  • capital markets;
  • reorganizations;
  • joint ventures;
  • leaseback arrangements;
  • financing and securitization;
  • real property;
  • compliance and disclosure;
  • governance; and
  • tax structuring.

Our energetic and talented team brings a results-oriented approach and relentless drive to support you in your most complicated and high-profile transactions. Offering significant experience with complex and innovative REIT structures, some of our notable experience includes:

  • acting on behalf of Bluesky Hotels and Resorts in their C$2.1 billion acquisition of InnVest REIT;
  • representing Primaris REIT in its C$4.6 billion sale to H&R REIT by way of plan of arrangement;
  • acting for Partners REIT in the rescission of a C$90M portfolio acquisition, the first effort to unwind a previous acquisition made by a Canadian public REIT, and associated litigation;
  • leading Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT in its merger with Northwest International Healthcare Properties REIT.

We have been involved in capital raising efforts on behalf of numerous REITs and have raised in excess of $5.4 billion in debt and $1.4 billion in equity in only the past 5 years. Our experience includes:

  • representing BMO Capital Markets in arranging a C$1 billion unsecured operating credit facility for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, the largest unsecured operating line ever provided for a Canadian REIT;
  • acting for Slate Retail REIT in a C$46.4 million rights offering, the first to be completed by a TSX listed issuer in Canada under the new securities rules applicable to rights offerings;
  • acting for the dealers in the initial public offering of Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund; and
  • advising Summit Industrial Income REIT in multiple Bought Deal Equity Offerings.

Let us help you protect your interests and investments.