Bennett Jones LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Calgary-based powerhouse providing comprehensive real estate advice to a nationwide client base of high-profile REITs, developers and portfolio managers. Frequently advises on major acquisitions, dispositions and leasings, as well as financings and partnership agreements. Demonstrates notable expertise in large regional developments, including office, retail and residential projects. Also well equipped to handle land use and zoning matters, including the obtention of development permits and municipal approvals, as well as related appeals.

Strengths Market commentators widely consider the group's lawyers to be "top-notch counsel" and go on to note their pragmatic approach to deal making. Clients add: "It's been a very good experience. They'd be one of my firms of choice for real estate work."

Work highlights Acted for Killam Apartment REIT on various matters including financings, public offerings, JV structurings and the purchase and finance of CAD300 million of properties across Canada.

Notable practitioners

Bonnie Anderson is a highly regarded expert in the zoning and land use space, notably recognised for her unique background in architecture and planning. She advises clients on major regional developments, subdivisions, permits and appeals and is valued by clients as "a strong advocate" who is "very insightful and provides us with a strategic advantage."

Michael Chow continues to grow his presence in the market, where he acts for developers, pension funds and financial institutions. His expertise includes the full gamut of commercial real estate matters, ranging from retail leasing to significant office and retail development projects. He is considered a "very capable lawyer" and "a real contender for the future."

Co-head of the national real estate group, Ronald Barron is an experienced real estate lawyer adept in all aspects of acquisition, financing and development. He frequently advises REITs and leading regional developers and is notably adept in joint venture partnerships and investment structures. Interviewees highlight his "very high expertise in the real estate sector," adding that "he comes up with solutions and keeps it simple."

Wayne Whitlock QC remains an eminent figure in the Calgary market, with sources remarking: "He's sort of a legend in the local real estate space." He is commended for his deal-making ability and significant experience, which he draws on to advise leading national and regional developers and financial institutions on significant mixed-use projects, purchase and sale transactions and real estate lending.