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Goodmans LLP

REITs

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What the team is known for

Goodmans is a leading Toronto law firm with an extremely strong reputation and track record advising REITs and underwriters on M&A, capital markets and tax structuring matters. The team often advises clients on precedent-setting domestic and cross-border transactions, offering additional complementary expertise in income funds and income securities. The firm represents a range of REITs in their acquisition of various properties, including in the residential, senior living and hospital asset classes.

Strengths

One market source reported: "The Goodmans team as a whole is excellent," adding: "The lawyers are very responsive and get the job done. It is of great assurance to have them as our legal advisers."

Work highlights

A Goodmans team led by Toronto-based Stephen Pincus and Jonathan Feldman advised the special committee of Northview Apartment REIT on its CAD4.9 billion acquisition by affiliates of Starlight Group and KingSett Capital.

Notable practitioners

Brenda Gosselin is a Toronto-based lawyer who represents REITs clients in initial public offerings, investment fund launches and fundraising activities, among other mandates.
"She is extremely practical when providing advice. She takes a commercial approach and is very hard-working."

Toronto-based Stephen Pincus is a well-regarded practitioner with experience advising REITs on a variety of novel matters.
"Stephen provides excellent advice based on sound legal knowledge and years of experience."

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Overview

Goodmans is Canada's leading law firm in REITs, income funds and other income securities.  In recent years, REITs and income securities have been the most active, visible and dynamic sector of Canada's capital markets - and Goodmans has demonstrated its unique creativity, entrepreneurial flair and responsiveness in this area.

The firm's excellence in corporate finance, M&A and tax planning continues to be evident its REIT and income securities practice.  Goodmans also provides clients with strategic business advice and creative solutions in this area.

Goodmans acted on the first REIT IPO in Canada and ever since has pioneered new structures in response to evolving client needs, market trends and regulatory challenges.

Among many other transactions, we played a key role in:

  • developing the structure that enabled REITs to own operating businesses
  • Canada's first mutually initiated REIT merger
  • designing the model for external management and development arrangements
  • creating Canada's first cross-border REIT
  • Canada’s first cross-border income fund
  • the largest IPO and the largest bought deal in Canada's income fund history
  • the largest REIT take-overs in each of 2005 and in 2006
  • Canada's first cross-border income securities IPO
  • Canada's largest business trust conversion
  • developing Canada's first high dividend common share structure for a cross-border IPO



REITs

Goodmans LLP

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Location

Bay Adelaide Centre

333 Bay Centre, Suite 3400

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

M5H 2S7

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Nationwide - Canada

REITs


Brenda Gosselin
Band 3
Stephen Pincus
Band 1