“Impressive experience representing institutional investors and public utilities in a range of transactional matters.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2017
Gabriella uses her understanding of the complexities of commercial real estate transactions to provide results-oriented solutions for clients, who rely on her clear and practical advice. They appreciate her “exceptional” service, along with her “focus and strength of character.” (Chambers Canada 2017)
Clients – including pension funds, private equity and public companies – turn to Gabriella for thorough and methodical advice. They regularly consult her on a broad range of major commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, developments, joint ventures, financings and commercial leasing. Gabriella advises clients in diverse industries, including in the hospitality sector where she advises primarily on hotel properties and renewable energy projects such as development and financing.
Gabriella has a keen interest in emerging issues in commercial real estate and writes on topics related to new developments in the sector.
Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in their joint $1.4-billion acquisition of AltaGas Ltd.'s remaining 55% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia: the 195 MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility, the 66 MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility and the 16 MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility.
United Steelworkers Local 8782
Acted for United Steelworkers Local 8782, a limited partner of Legacy Lands Limited Partnership (the Partnership), with respect to the sale of approximately 3,000 acres of land beneficially owned by the Partnership in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ontario on which Stelco Inc. conducts its manufacturing operations. Stelco granted a $114 million vendor take back mortgage to the Limited Partnership for the purchase price to be used to fund pension and other post-employment benefits to retirees of Stelco.
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its acquisition of all of the exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation, including the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects, for an aggregate purchase price of US$325 million.
Acted for StorageMart in the $566-million refinancing of its Canadian portfolio of 63 self-storage facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
Acted for Aeroterm, a subsidiary of the Realterm private equity fund, in a $82-million secured financing of its airport logistics and support facilities in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Axium Infrastructure Inc.
Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. in its $540-million acquisition of TransCanada's Ontario solar portfolio, consisting of eight facilities totalling approximately 105 MW of installed capacity.
United Steelworkers Union
Acted as co-counsel on behalf of the United Steelworkers Union in connection with the restructuring of Stelco Inc. under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the establishment of Legacy Lands L.P.
Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP
Acting for Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP in connection with its $180-million acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well from RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamondcorp.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in connection with its sale to Energy Ottawa Inc. of 10 run-of-river hydroelectric facilities located in Ontario and New York State representing 31 megawatts of installed operating capacity.
Upcoming Changes to Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rates
Nov. 25, 2016 - The province of Ontario is proposing to increase land transfer tax rates with effect from January 1, 2017. The Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016 received first reading on November 16, 2016 and is expected to come into force before the end of the year. For...
New Record-Keeping Obligations for Ontario Corporations Are Coming
Nov. 04, 2016 - A year ago, the Ontario Legislature passed the Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 and the Escheats Act, 2015. Both new statutes are scheduled to come into force on December 10, 2016. Despite the arcane subject matter of these new enactments – namely, the modernization of the...
Recent Developments in Ontario Real Estate
Feb. 26, 2016 - Ontario Court of Appeal Rules on Assignment of Lease by Tenant The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Hudson’s Bay Company v. OMERS Realty Corporation, a case that involved the assignment and sublease of the tenant’s interest in anchor tenant leases at Yorkdale,...
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