Category: Commercial Real Estate

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Legal Trends 2016: Commercial Real Estate

February 23, 2016

ONE | BUOYANT DEBT MARKETS Lenders remain aggressive as competition for prime real estate lending opportunities in Canada intensifies. Borrowing rates remain at historical lows and other lending terms have become increasingly favourable for borrowers. The relaunched commercial mortgage-backed security lending programs in Canada have started to pick up steam and, together with life insurance companies, pension funds and Canadian…

Ontario Retroactively Eliminates Land Transfer Tax Exemption for REITs, Other Pooled Investment Vehicles

February 19, 2016

On February 18, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Finance published retroactive amendments to regulation 70/91 to the Land Transfer Tax Act (Ontario), pursuant to which an acquisition of an interest in a partnership that owns land in Ontario is generally not subject to Ontario land transfer tax so long as the acquirer’s interest in the partnership does not increase by…

Changes to British Columbia Property Transfer Tax

February 17, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the British Columbia government released its 2016 budget (Budget). Contained in this budget were several important changes to the Property Transfer Tax Act (PPTA). INCREASE IN PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX RATE FOR PROPERTY IN EXCESS OF C$2 MILLION The Budget introduced a third property transfer rate of three per cent on the portion of fair market value of…

Look Ahead: 2016 Legal Trends

January 8, 2016

  While global markets can be unpredictable, we have assembled some key legal trends that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2016.  ​​​​   Anti-Spam   Capital Markets  ​ China    Commercial Real Estate Cybersecurity Employment & Labour Financial Services Regulatory Intellectual Property International Trade   Litigation & Dispute Resolution   Mergers & Acquisitions   Oil &…

Are You Ready? MPAC’s Next Current Assessment is January 1, 2016

November 23, 2015

MPAC’s 2016 CVA for every property in Ontario is just around the corner. Are you ready for January 1, 2016? Property taxes for the next four years, 2017 to 2020, will be based on these values. Our panel of experts will review all of the important issues, including impact on development sites and highest and best-use assessments, whether appealing your…

New Developments in Old Stratas: B.C. Proposes to Lower Threshold for Strata Termination

October 26, 2015

The British Columbia government recently introduced a bill that will, if passed, make it easier to cancel a strata plan and wind up a strata corporation under the Strata Property Act (Act). Currently, a unanimous resolution is required for the owners to cancel a strata plan and collectively become tenants in common of the strata lands or to appoint a…

“The Donald” Trumps Condo Buyers by Avoiding Trade-mark Licensor Liability

July 22, 2015

  United States presidential candidate Donald Trump avoided liability for alleged misrepresentations of the attributes of purchased hotel condominium units by a developer that is licensed by one of Mr. Trump’s corporate affiliates to use Mr. Trump’s name and trade-marks for the 70-storey mixed-use TRUMP TOWER complex in downtown Toronto.    BACKGROUND   In Singh v. Trump (Singh), the developer…

Focus on Real Estate Construction Financing Transactions: How to Manage the Risks

April 21, 2015

Please join us for a discussion of the legal and practical implications of overcoming challenges in financing transactions. The bumps in the road can appear anywhere, from the negotiation of the commitment letter to the advance of loan proceeds. Topics: The role of the construction monitor: keeping tabs on costs, status of construction, holdbacks and cost to complete Construction liens…

The Value of Real Property Assessments in British Columbia

March 6, 2015

  Determining the value of real property is a fundamental concern to buyers, sellers and lenders. Governments that depend on the taxation of real property to generate revenue are also interested in the valuation of real property and, accordingly, have set up extensive property assessment regimes to do so. Despite such regimes, the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently held…

Making Cents of Recent Commercial Leasing Case Law

November 12, 2014

The Blakes Commercial Real Estate group will provide an insightful review of recent Canadian case law and its impact on commercial real estate. While this seminar will focus on commercial-lease-related case law, it will address issues that are also relevant to buyers, sellers, developers and lenders. Those in the commercial real estate industry should not miss this event! Topics: Limitation…

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