A specialist in real estate law, Steven brings a practical and insightful approach to his clients’ important transactions.
Steven advises on commercial and industrial real estate sales, purchases, financing and leasing – across Canada and in the United States. He specializes in the review of title issues on real property across Canada. Clients also turn to Steven for guidance on mining and riparian law matters.
Steven is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Real Estate Law. For many years, he has chaired and spoken at various conferences on title issues.
Prior to being called to the bar of Ontario, Steven was elected Reeve of Amherst Island and subsequently Warden of the United Counties of Lennox and Addington, making him the youngest elected head of a government in Canadian history.
Steven is on the board of directors of Orange Insurance and is the company’s president.
Resolute FP Canada Inc.
Acted for Resolute FP Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., in the sale of its non-operational pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario, to 2670568 Ontario Limited, a subsidiary of Riversedge Developments Inc.
Hydroméga Services Inc.
Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc. in the acquisition of Cochrane Power Corporation's Cochrane Power Generating Station, a cogeneration facility equipped with a 30MW natural gas turbine and a 15MW biomass fuelled boiler and steam turbine.
Mierins Automotive Group
Acted as tax counsel for Mierins Automotive Group in the sale of 10 automotive dealerships operating in Ottawa, Kingston and Brockville.
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 Zochem LLC (formerly Zinc Oxide LLC) in its acquisition of Zochem Inc. from American Zinc Recycling LLC, creating the largest producer of zinc oxide in North America.
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and TD Securities Inc.
Acted for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and TD Securities Inc., as placement agents, and The Toronto-Dominion Bank and Bank of Montréal, as lenders, in connection with the private placement of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 3.310% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes due November 30, 2029 by, and the establishment of $33.5 million of credit facilities for, H2O Power Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Public Sector Pension Investment Board and BluEarth Renewables Inc., that owns and operates eight hydroelectric generating facilities in Ontario with a total installed capacity of approximately 142 MW. H2O Power Limited Partnership is the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario.
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.
Acting for Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with its development of an integrated multi-tower office complex/public transit hub development straddling both sides of Toronto's Union Station rail corridor. A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, Bay Park Centre is the result of a joint effort between global real estate leaders Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address.
KSV Kofman Inc.
Acting for KSV Kofman Inc. in its roles as Monitor of the Urbancorp Group of Companies in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and as Information Officer for Urbancorp Inc.