Robert J. Abrams

Attorney in Montreal, QC

Bob Abrams is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate and Corporate/Commercial practices. He has advised clients on transactions involving acquisitions, development activities, financings, joint venture arrangements, construction, leasing activities (on behalf of both landlords and tenants) and dispositions.

Bob is adept at closing deals and at structuring practical and cost-effective solutions to complicated problems. He has led a team of lawyers in connection with the acquisition by a publicly traded real estate company of more than 30 shopping centre properties in the Provinces of Québec and Ontario.

Representative Work

• Acted for Oxford Properties Group in connection with its acquisition of interests in 1250 boulevard René-Lévesque in Montréal.

• Acted for Oxford Properties Group in connection with its sale of various major office buildings in downtown Montréal.

• Acted for General Electric Capital Corporation in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of over 30 industrial, office and retail properties in the greater Montréal area.

• Acted for General Electric Capital Corporation in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of real estate loans in respect of properties throughout Canada.

• Acted for Jennings/Tooker Corporation in regard to the design-build project for the construction of a slaughter house in Chambly, Québec. The facility was leased to the operator and buildings were constructed under a design-build arrangement in accordance with the operator's specifications, a project valued at $20 million.

• Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. on the closing of a $450-million secured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 10 banks jointly led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets.

• Acted for SITQ Immobilier in its acquisition with SL Green Realty Corp. of 1515 Broadway in New York City in a transaction valued at approximately US$500 million.

• Acted for SITQ Immobilier in the establishment of CMBS real estate investment trust with TIAA-CREF and restructuring of holdings of New York and Washington properties in a deal valued at approximately $160 million.

• Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. in its acquisition of six shopping centres in the greater Montréal area from Ivanhoe Cambridge.

• Acted for Terminal 3 Limited Partnership in the development of Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, leasing of Terminals 1 and 2 from the Government of Canada, sale of Terminal 3 and termination of the lease rights for Terminals 1 and 2 in what is believed to have been at the time the largest single site transaction in Canadian real estate history.

• Acted for Redbourne Realty Fund II in connection with its $48-million purchase of the Gateway Centre, a two-building office complex located in Markham, Ontario, from Electra Real Estate Ltd.

• Acted for Redbourne Realty Fund in connection with the Redbourne Madison Property Inc. and Redbourne Madison Property LP Inc. acquisition of Madison Centre from Bentall Investment Management.

• Acted as Canadian counsel to India-based Tata Chemicals Limited in its acquisition of General Chemical Industrial Products Inc. in a transaction valued at US$1 billion, making Tata Chemicals one of the largest soda ash producers in the world.

• Acted for Barzel Industries Inc. (formerly Symmetry Holdings Inc.) in its acquisition of Novamerican Steel Inc. for a purchase price of US$585 million.

Recognition

• Named Montréal Real Estate Lawyer of the Year 2011 by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

• Consistently listed as a recommended practitioner in the area of Property Development by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

• Consistently listed in the area of Real Estate by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

• Achieved one of Martindale-Hubbell's highest rankings.

Community Involvement

• Board Member, Summit School

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Areas of Law

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate/Commercial

 

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Experience & Credentials

Position

Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1980, Québec

Law School Attended

Université de Montréal
Class of 1978
LL.B.

University Attended

McGill University
Class of 1976
B.A.

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514.841.6408

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Robert J. Abrams
Partner
 1501 McGill College Ave., 26th Fl.,
Montreal, QC H3A 3N9
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