Stikeman Elliott is a key legal player in the active Canadian REIT sector. We helped forge the REIT structure and continue to be a market leader in its ongoing evolution, providing clients with innovative domestic and cross-border structures, and financial instruments to achieve their business objectives. Stikeman Elliott’s unparalleled and experienced team understands the structure, sensitivities and unique aspects of clients in this sector.

The firm’s lawyers leverage a multidisciplinary approach to each REIT mandate, one that draws on expertise from our national real estate practice as well as our leading capital markets and M&A and cutting edge tax practices. Clients benefit from in-depth understanding of tax and public disclosure concerns unique to REITs that support their growth objectives in both prosperous and challenging environments. We provide advice on domestic and cross-border equity and debt financings and related securities, governance and capital markets issues and have acted as counsel on many of the highest profile REIT M&A deals in Canada. Stikeman Elliott’s global experience, including strong relationships with expert domestic counsel in various jurisdictions, makes our REIT practice a first choice for cross-border transactions. What’s more, the national scope of our practice ensures that client issues are expertly dealt with, no matter where in Canada they may arise.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of REIT assets
  • Acquisition financing
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Debt and equity offerings
  • Governance
  • IPOs
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Privatizations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Restructurings and reorganizations
  • Retail, office, industrial, commercial, hospitality and multi-family REITs
  • Spin-offs
  • Tax structuring
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for REITs