COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

World-class legal service, from the ground up.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

Our Commercial Real Estate Group advises on all aspects of commercial real estate, including the acquisition, leasing, development and disposition of real property. We also assist lenders with loan structuring and securitization, and help owners and contractors navigate through construction agreement negotiations and disputes. We assist a wide range of clients having an array of needs from boutique landowners and builders to large established developers and contractors.

We have the experience to handle your commercial real estate issues and the flexibility to deliver value-driven results in a practical, cost-efficient manner. Our Commercial Real Estate Group provides a rare balance of world-class industry knowledge and legal experience with value-driven personal service, striking a "best of both worlds" balance in the delivery of our services. We leverage our experience and industry connections to provide insight that goes beyond legal expertise to provide true value and trusted Business Counsel.

PRACTICE AREAS.

Development

Property development can be extremely complex. It requires familiarity with the processes and development lifecycle, coordination with various consultants, and management of multiple stakeholders. We represent developers throughout the entirety of the development process for development projects of all types. From boutique townhouse projects to large scale mixed-use condo developments, we get involved early in the land assembly phase, facilitate development applications, negotiate development charges on title, prepare disclosure statements and execute sales of individual strata lots. Developers can leverage our Commercial Real Estate Group's practical and cost-efficient services to seamlessly navigate these issues.

Leasing

We frequently advise commercial landlords and tenants in drafting, reviewing and negotiating leases with respect to office, industrial, retail, and cannabis tenancies. Whether you’re aiming to ensure rent revenues and operations remain stable and predictable, or concerned with maintaining rent rates or tenancy compatible with your business plan, our clients rely on us to offer creative solutions to the problems common to commercial tenancies.

Acquisitions

Acquiring commercial real estate in BC requires an in-depth understanding of both underlying real property and the relevant businesses operation. Our clients rely on our expertise and judgment to navigate the uncertainties of the “buyer beware” environment within British Columbia. We advise individuals, corporations and real estate investment and management funds with the acquisition and disposition of various types of properties throughout BC, including apartment complexes, commercial buildings, mixed-use buildings, industrial facilities, self-storage businesses, and long-term care homes. We assist from tip to tail – due diligence and acquisition structuring, to closing the deal itself and through to post-closing management and related financing. We also assist with title and zoning issues for jurisdictions throughout BC.

Lending

Debt and leverage are integral parts of the real estate industry. Our experience assisting both borrowers and lenders provides an in-depth understanding of the tension between finance terms and securitization and allows us to offer creative solutions to BC’s dynamic real estate industry. We assist private and institutional lenders as well as borrowers, with acquisition, bridge, mezzanine and construction loans, including loan structuring advice, closing mechanics and security registration. We also advise collateral agents with respect to securitization and agency arrangements with loan syndicates.

Construction

As a competitive and high-stakes industry, all construction projects, regardless of scale, risk dispute. Our clients rely on us to identify and eliminate roadblocks. We represent both developers and general contractors on the negotiation and drafting of construction agreements, including various CCDC forms, for townhouse, condo, and industrial development projects.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE TEAM.

Dharam Dhillon
Lawyer
Corporate Real Estate

Dharam Dhillon

MICHAEL, EVRENSEL & PAWAR LLP