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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

REITs

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What the team is known for

Blake, Cassels & Graydon is a well-respected law firm that is highlighted for its representation of underwriters in capital markets transactions. Its strong tax practice also offers support to the REIT/REOC lawyers and its clients in the sector. The team acts for a wide range of issuer clients on a broad spectrum of REITs matters, including structuring, finance and corporate governance. Additionally, the firm is active on both public and private real estate financing deals and is well placed to act on REIT reorganisations.

Strengths

One source commented: "They are commercially minded, practical, smart and tactical."

"It is a very strong team," one interviewee stated, adding: "They are all very responsive, knowledgeable and deliver a high level of client service."

Work highlights

A Blakes team led by Toronto-based Will Fung and Alex Moore advised Starlight Group and KingSett Capital on their CAD4.8 billion acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT.

Notable practitioners

Toronto-based Eric Moncik is often engaged by underwriter syndicates to advise on high-value capital markets transactions, including IPOs.
"He is technically strong, very good at problem solving, and comes up with proactive and creative solutions."

Matthew Merkley is based in Toronto and has a strong track record acting for REITs on capital markets transactions, including bought deals and private placements.
"He is easy to work with and very responsive."

Will Fung 's practice sees him represent underwriters, agents and REITs in numerous high-value financings and offerings. He is based in Toronto.
"He is very pragmatic, business-oriented and efficient." "Will Fung is technically knowledgeable and experienced."

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Overview

Blakes REIT/REOC practice has been one of the largest and most active REIT/REOC practices in the Canadian legal landscape for the past 5 years, having been involved in approximately half of the “new issuer names” that accessed the Canadian public markets during that period.

Our clients constitute a broad cross-section of Canadian, U.S. and other international institutional and private entities, including developers, real estate advisers and investment dealers, banks, pension funds, insurance companies, governments and government agencies, major retailers, hotel and apartment owners and operators.

Blakes has a highly diversified and sophisticated REIT and REOC practice, providing advice on complex structuring, management, governance, financing, compensation and tax issues as well as acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.

REITs

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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199 Bay Street

Suite 4000

Commerce Court West

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

M5L 1A9

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Eric Moncik
Band 3
Matthew Merkley
Band 3