Michael Witt

Michael B. Witt Partner

Representative Work
  • True North Data Solutions in the establishment of a cryptocurrency mining facility in Alberta, including True North’s arrangements for the purchase of electric energy and the lease of land required for the facility and related development, procurement and construction matters.
  • Liricon Capital in its development of a site in Banff, Alberta, on more than 30 acres owned by Canadian Pacific Railway and leased by Liricon by way of a ground lease, which development is proposed to include the restoration of the Banff Train Station, a number of other heritage buildings, significant new commercial development and a passenger gondola linking the development with Liricon’s Mount Norquay ski resort, which is located on Crown lands within Banff National Park and leased by Liricon.
  • Bordeaux Developments Corporation in the proposed purchase of an undivided interest in more than 4,000 acres of future development lands in Rocky View County, and related land assembly, joint venture arrangements, development management agreements and lot acquisition agreements.
  • Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (Canada Lands), an arm’s length self-financing Federal Crown corporation, in connection with the acquisition from the Department of National Defense in 1998 of the 400 acre Canadian Forces Base Calgary lands and subsequent ongoing development, leasing and disposition activities, including the subdivision, development and sale of lots to single and multi-family builders in the communities of Garrison Woods, Garrison Green and Currie Barracks; the formation of residents’ associations; the sale of land and buildings to several private schools and related arrangements, including the respective obligations of the vendor and purchasers in connection with the future integrated development and servicing of such lands and adjacent development lands; the sale of a multi-acre site for the integrated development of a grocery store and several retail pad buildings and related land exchange transactions; an ongoing interim leasing program of more than 800,000 square feet in various buildings; and the largest designation of lands and buildings to date pursuant to the Historical Resources Act (Alberta).
  • Bordeaux Developments Corporation (Bordeaux Developments), the developer of “Harmony”, a comprehensively planned mixed use developments of more than 1,700 acres located in Rocky View County near Calgary, Alberta, including in connection with the acquisition of the project lands, structuring the co-ownership arrangements, the formation of the developer’s limited partnership and related development arrangements; the negotiation of the municipal franchise agreement and related arrangements in connection with the formation, ownership and operation of a water/waste-water utility formed by the developer; various development-related arrangements between the co-owners and neighbouring land owners; various debt and equity financings; and arrangements respecting the development and operation of a 27 hole golf course and related amenities on ground-leased lands.
  • Lowe’s Companies Canada, ULC since 2007, in the acquisition of development sites in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, by way of purchase and ground lease from various land developers and owners and in related development matters, including the negotiation of site development agreements and easement/restrictive covenant/operating agreements.
  • Hut 8 Mining Corp. in the establishment of a cryptocurrency mining facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta, including Hut 8’s arrangements with the City of Medicine Hat for the purchase of 42 MW of electric energy and the lease of land near the City’s new Unit 16 power plant required for the facility and related development, procurement and construction matters.
  • ONE Properties in connection with a joint venture for the development of industrial lands in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Canada Lands, in connection with its Village at Griesbach development in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Canada Lands, in connection with proceedings commenced under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in respect to a group of single and multi-family home builders, including advising in respect to the impact of such proceedings in Canada on Canada Lands’ agreements with such entities, the implications of various orders sought in the proceedings, and the sole/disposition of parcels by the entities to a third party purchasers and lenders.
  • CAI Capital Management, a private equity firm, and Alberta Investment Management Corp., an institutional investment fund manager, in connection with the sale and lease-back of a portfolio of industrial properties located in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • Sears Canada, in connection with its disposition of an undivided interest in a ground lease and related assets comprising an Alberta Shopping Centre.
  • Canada Lands, in connection with its acquisition from Public Works and Government Services Canada of the Sam Livingston Building, a future redevelopment site located in the Calgary beltline, and the ongoing leasing of the project on an interim basis pending development.
  • Canada Lands, in connection with its acquisition from the RCMP of a re-development site in Calgary, Alberta and the interim lease-back of the property to the RCMP.
  • Pacifica Group of Companies, in connection with the proposed acquisition of various hotels and development sites located in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Rencor Developments, in the establishment of a co-ownership and the conversion of the co-ownership into a limited partnership for the development of Bingham Crossing, in Springbank, Alberta.
  • Bordeaux Developments, in connection with its proposed acquisition of one of Alberta’s largest home builders.
  • Baywest Homes, in connection with its various credit facilities.
  • Radiology Consultants Associated, in connection with its medical clinic/office leasing activities and related matters with respect to its operations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company/Sunlife Assurance Company of Canada, in the $74M second mortgage bond financing of Petro-Canada Centre, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Canada Lands, in connection with a series of transactions respecting the disposition of a portfolio of former Canadian National Railway Right of Way Lands.
  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, through its advisor, GWL Realty Advisors, in the acquisition and development of the Discovery Pointe apartment tower project in Calgary, Alberta, forming part of an integrated twin tower strata space development.
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