Bennett Jones LLP
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M5X 1A4 Canada
Paul Mantini practises commercial real estate, corporate/commercial (with emphasis on lending and project finance), infrastructure (P3) and gaming law.
Paul has been involved with the development and/or financing of many of the largest and most complicated projects in Canada, including Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Brookfield Place, First Canadian Place, Royal Bank Plaza, Bay Adelaide Centre, Fifth Avenue Place, Exchange Tower, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Western Canadian Place. He has been involved in some of the most innovative real estate transactions in Canada, including the first guarantee by a Canadian pension fund of a debt issue; the first public issue by a real estate co-tenancy, the first public issue of participating mortgage bonds, cross-border securitization of property and mortgage pools and the creation of REITs and property investments funds.
Paul has also acted on behalf of lenders and joint venture partners in the restructuring, CCAA proceedings and the plans of compromise and arrangement of several major real estate developers.
Paul is regarded as one of the leading real estate and project finance practitioners in Canada. According to Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, clients have said that Mr. Mantini is “right at the top of everyone’s list” and “anybody who plays in the real estate market in or even outside of Toronto probably knows Paul Mantini …” and that “he is incredibly intelligent and has a real make-it-happen approach.” Paul has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest accolade (AV rating) signifying that he has reached the height of professional excellence.
A frequent author, Paul writes on real estate, leasing, financing and gaming law matters and also lectures at seminars on commercial real estate ownership, development, financing and leasing.
He is a director of a number of private corporations and charitable organizations and a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Real Estate Law Practice:
In the last 20 years, Canada’s major surges both in population and economic activity have translated into exponential growth in all aspects of real estate, whether in municipal infrastructure and institutional requirements, commercial and consumer needs in homebuilding, industrial development or community, commercial and retail services. From development, construction and land-use planning to commercial leasing and property management, our property development and real estate lawyers are proactive, deal-oriented advisors who understand the cyclical nature of the business and can anticipate and respond to the market and its players.
Our clients include public sector clients such as cities, municipal districts and provincial and federal ministries as well as developers, investors, portfolio managers, landlords, tenants, retailers, real estate professionals and financial institutions. According to need, we have negotiated and advised on land use assemblies and properties of virtually every type, including office properties, resort facilities, residential developments, retail and mixed-use commercial centres, industrial and manufacturing sites, gaming complexes, and other leisure and recreational buildings. We also bring particular expertise to energy-related land use, providing zoning, environmental and construction-related advice to multi-year, multi-phase projects ranging from oil sands extraction facilities to refining and upgrading sites.
One of our hallmark practices is our work with real estate portfolio managers, pension funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs). We have structured and led the financing of REITs and have advised owners and fund managers on complex commercial real estate developments, acquisitions, syndications, financings and dispositions. Working with our restructuring counsel, we have also been involved in significant national realization proceedings and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act restructurings of large real estate loans and credit facilities.