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 and construction

With a great national footprint, Bennett Jones LLP represents a domestic and international client roster of owner, developers, investors and financiers in a broad variety of real estate transactions and projects. The team is jointly led by four partners based across Canada: Ron Barron in Calgary, Robert Bothwell in Edmonton, Jane Helmstadter  in Toronto and Larry Sandrin in Vancouver. Helmstadter’s practice encompasses commercial real estate transactions and development mandates, which are also key areas of activity for fellow co-head Sandrin. Paul Mantini in Toronto regularly assists with the development and financing of large-scale projects, while Simon Crawford  in the same office is highly regarded for his wealth of experience in high-value transactions involving commercial and residential properties. John van Gent is another name to note for transactional work in Toronto. Based in Calgary, Alixe Cameron excels in commercial real estate matters, encompassing office towers, industrial and retail buildings, condo developments and farmlands.