Bennett Jones LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Prominent Toronto team with impressive experience of commercial real estate. Widely acknowledged for its expertise advising on complex financing mandates, as well as offering significant capacity in relation to acquisitions, dispositions and joint venture agreements. Clients also benefit from the team's multi-jurisdictional capabilities and further expertise in condominium development, as well as its ability to handle significant REIT deals. The department's client roster comprises a number of institutional investors, banks and property management companies.

Strengths A commentator stated: "Bennett Jones has a terrific client service model - they are extremely knowledgeable, very practical, market-savvy and service-oriented," adding that "they consistently provide a very high level of service in a transactional context that is very often intense, high-speed and dynamic."

Work highlights Acted as the court-appointed monitor of Legacy Lands on the sale of 37 acres of land in Hamilton to Stelco.

Notable practitioners

Practice group co-head
Jane Helmstadter
is regarded as "a true expert" in tax matters in the real estate space, as well as advising on a wider selection of commercial real estate matters. One source noted: "She is very smart, with a great grasp of the issues."

John van Gent
is frequently engaged by developers on commercial transactions in Ontario. Commentators note that he is "very practical" when handling real estate financings, adding: "His attention to detail is remarkable." One source described him as "an incredible drafter with an incredible understanding of real estate law."

Leonard Gangbar
is particularly well recognised for his expertise in condominium mandates. His broader commercial practice consists of transactions spanning residential, commercial and industrial developments. One client said: "He has guided me through some very complicated issues."

Paul Mantini
continues to be a big draw for clients in the real estate industry in Ontario. Sources say: "He has a real depth of knowledge - he's seen everything." His lengthy experience covers a range of transactions, including financings and refinancings, with work undertaken for developers, pension funds and other investors on commercial matters in Ontario and nationally.

Simon Crawford
is described as "a very strong lawyer" by industry participants, who acknowledge his prevalence in large-scale transactions. His wide-reaching practice comprises expertise in various ownership structures, acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He capably assists clients with matters in Ontario and across the country.