Ms Jane Helmstadter > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Bennett Jones LLP
PO BOX 130

Work Department

Real Estate


Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate


Co-leader of the firm’s national real estate practice and leader of the Toronto office practice, Jane Helmstadter acts for a broad range of private and institutional real estate developers, investors and owners in Canadian, cross-border and international commercial transactions. Jane advises clients on the acquisition, disposition and financing of all types of real property, including office buildings, retail property, industrial property, multi-family residential developments and seniors housing. She negotiates property and asset management contracts for owners of real estate and acts for both landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating commercial leases and land leases. Jane represents clients in structuring and forming Canadian and cross-border partnerships and joint ventures. Jane also provides real estate and leasing advice to renewable energy developers, including wind and solar energy developers. Jane shares her real estate knowledge as a regular speaker at RealLeasing, a forum that discusses trends, strategies and key issues for Canadian real estate leasing. She has also spoken at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions for the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) law update and private CLE sessions. Jane served on the board of Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW), including as President in 2009. She is currently Chair of the Toronto CREW nominating committee and sits on the Toronto CREW Foundation Council. Toronto CREW, a professional association of commercial real estate professionals, is a chapter of CREW Network, a US-based real estate association with over 8,000 members.


Wellesley College (USA), BA, 1982 | University of Toronto, LLB, 1985

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Jane Helmstadter – Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP combines the deep bench strength of offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and New York to advise a broad client roster of developers, investors, portfolio managers, landlords, tenants, retailers, financial institutions and municipal districts, on a comprehensive range of matters across the practice space. They range from joint venture development and purchases, financings and leasings to asset transactions and M&A. In addition, the team assists with the real estate and construction aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. The practice is led by Jane Helmstadter in Toronto, who brings expertise to transactions involving office, retail and industrial property, multi-family residential developments and renewable energy projects; Alixe Cameron in Calgary, who assists clients with the development of bareland and conventional condominium projects; and Mark Lewis in Vancouver, who specializes in senior housing transactions, rail and aviation transportation-related transactions, as well as work in the forestry, pulp, energy and mining sectors. In Toronto, Simon Crawford draws on extensive experience to advise on private equity matters, fund formation, joint ventures, income trusts and the purchase and sale of real estate assets and real estate companies; and John van Gent acts for both landlords and tenants on commercial leasing, sub-leasing and land leasing arrangements. Other key figures include Paul Mantini (also in Toronto) who displays excellence in lending and project finance matters, and Larry Sandrin in Vancouver, who brings over 40 years in the practice area to manage complex, government-funded infrastructure projects.