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McCarthy Tétrault
745 Thurlow Street
Suite 2400
Vancouver BC V6E 0C5

Work Department

Real Estate


Counsel in the firm’s Vancouver office. Emphasis on complex commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financings, subordinated debt transactions, workouts and strategic advice. Extensive work with major public/private real estate developers, both local and offshore, and real estate investors including pension funds and REITs seeking commercial income properties. Expertise in commercial investment property (including hotels) and in representing developers of large residential and mixed-use projects and private equity lenders providing subordinated debt for development projects. Extensive experience preparing and negotiating documentation for projects structured as partnerships or joint ventures, and ancillary management and other service agreements required for such projects.


British Columbia Bar, 1979; Queen’s Counsel, 2005.


Urban Development Institute


Recognized as a leading practitioner of real estate law in Chambers Global; International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada. Listed as a Star Individual in the area of Real Estate by Chambers Canada in 2019. Also named in 2009 and 2017 as lawyer of the year for Vancouver real estate and 2016 lawyer of the year for Vancouver project finance by The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Real estate

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McCarthy Tétrault is home to a full-service real estate offering, and attracts instructions from private and publicly-traded investors, REITs, pension funds, governmental bodies and developers. In the acquisition and disposition space, the department is frequently engaged in high-value transactions, both of single assets and portfolios, spanning industrial, residential and commercial properties, hotels, office buildings and infrastructure projects. Furthermore, the team is also routinely called upon to advise on development-related joint ventures, financing deals, leasing matters and disputes. William McCullough in Toronto manages the department that also includes John Currie, who is noted for his proficiency in financing transactions involving the real estate sector, and Abraham Costin, who is counsel of choice for developers, pension funds and financial institutions. Also based in Toronto, Jamie Orzech balances a busy transactional workload that includes acquisitions and dispositions of all asset classes, implementation of real estate joint ventures and financings. In Vancouver, Keith Burrell advises on development and investment matters, and is often sought after by major developers of residential and mixed-use projects engaged in presale activity.