Commercial Real Estate

Davies’ Commercial Real Estate practice, consisting of approximately 40 lawyers in offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York, is widely recognized as one of the best in Canada, renowned for its expertise, sophistication and depth. In particular, Davies provides expert legal advice in complex transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, financing, construction and development of all classes of significant properties (and portfolios of properties), in jurisdictions across Canada, the United States and in cross-border transactions. The firm also has extensive experience with the creation of public and private REITs both in Canada and in the United States, in the latter case as a mechanism for Canadian pension funds to acquire and hold real estate in the United States on a tax-efficient basis.

Real estate work in which Davies has been involved includes:

  • Acting for vendors and purchasers on the acquisition and disposition of major office buildings, shopping centres, industrial buildings and development properties throughout Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions, including portfolio acquisitions and dispositions;
  • Acting for owners and developers in the development, construction, lease-up and operation of significant commercial, public sector and mixed-use projects;
  • Acting on sale-leaseback transactions and other similar transactions for significant properties throughout Canada; and
  • Acting on the negotiation and drafting of complex real estate contracts.

Davies has a stellar reputation for commitment to its clients and provides an unparalleled level of expertise, transaction experience, thoroughness, professionalism, and the highest level of service.

Our Clients

We have acted for:

  • Canadian, U.S. and international real estate companies and investment vehicles;
  • REITs;
  • Crown corporations;
  • Pension funds;
  • Developers;
  • Canadian, U.S. and international financial institutions and insurance companies;
  • Investment banks;
  • Provinces, municipalities and other public authorities;
  • Universities.


Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Real Estate

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Real Estate: Ontario & Québec (Band 1 firm)
  • Real Estate: Nationwide

The Legal 500: Canada—Real Estate

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Property Development: Toronto

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • Property Development: Montréal (Most Frequently Recommended firm)
  • Property Development: Toronto
  • Property Leasing: Toronto and Montréal

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Real Estate Law

Who's Who Legal: Canada—Real Estate

Who's Who Legal: Real Estate

Expert Guides' Construction and Real Estate Expert Guide

Recent Work

  • Transfer of certain assets from Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited to CT REIT Limited Partnership
  • Cadillac Fairview Corporation's sale of a 50% non-managing interest in its Vancouver portfolio to Ontario Pension Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board


Key Contacts

Gregory Howard Gregory J. Howard
Robert Bauer Robert T. Bauer
Elias Benhamou Elias Benhamou
Steven Levin Steven H. Levin
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