Named in numerous publications and annual rankings as among the “Best Places to Live”, Vancouver is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, bringing forth unparalleled opportunity and competition both locally and globally. Chris embraces this enterprising spirit, helping our clients thrive in this hypercompetitive and ever-changing real estate market by creating proactive strategies that manage risks while optimizing opportunities for favourable outcomes.

Chris specializes in providing timely and practical advice to a wide-ranging client base with interests in the commercial real estate sector. These clients include:

  • Real estate developers of residential, commercial, hospitality, leisure, retail and industrial projects
  • Institutional clients undertaking complex and large-scale infrastructure, transportation, utility and natural resource transactions and ongoing developments in industries such as hydroelectricity, liquefied natural gas, pipelines and mining

Chris’s expansive experience with advising a broad spectrum of clients allows him to present a multifaceted view and specialized insight. This is especially important given the unique legal challenges and market opportunities present throughout British Columbia.

  • Advised a leading mining company on the $1.2 billion sale and lease-back of its interest in a hydroelectric facility

  • Advised a major Canadian railway on the $55 million sale of its urban railway corridor to the City of Vancouver

  • Advised the developer of a 258-unit mixed-use residential/retail development in North Vancouver, including acquisition, financing, construction financing and development approvals
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Fortunate to have called British Columbia home throughout his life, Chris appreciates the important relationship and community-building role that real estate development plays in the lives of British Columbians. An example of this is the recent transformation the Arbutus Corridor rail line in the City of Vancouver into an accessible greenway, in which Chris advised the seller to the City of Vancouver. Today, this Arbutus Greenway provides thousands of people, including Chris and his family, the opportunity to safely walk and bike from False Creek to the Fraser River, all while enjoying the unmatched scenery that Vancouver has to offer.

Services:
Acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties, including development sites and income properties, as well as the purchase and sale of businesses for which property is integral Commercial leases for landlords and tenants of office, retail, hospitality, commercial, and industrial properties
Negotiation and preparation of purchase agreements and development agreements, including easements, statutory rights of way, and covenants Development, land use, municipal law, rezoning and subdivision
Investment properties and joint ventures Mixed-use, multi-residential and condominium projects
Real estate financing

Regardless of the project scope and size, Chris takes a hands-on approach with clients at all stages, from initial discovery, risk assessment and due diligence through to financing, acquisition, subsequent rezoning, subdivision and development approvals. This methodical approach allows clients to better understand and appreciate the risks and market forces present at each phase, aiding in their decision-making process and in the project’s overall success.

Whether institutional clients seasoned in the commercial real estate sector or a relative newcomer to the competitive marketplace, our clients trust Chris’s experience and steady hand. His ability to continually evaluate objectives and adjust to evolving conditions allows our clients to weather challenges and realize the tangible benefits from their commercial real estate transactions.

Awards & Distinctions
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada Guide: Real Estate Law, 2021
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  • Advised a leading mining company on the $1.2 billion sale and lease-back of its interest in a hydroelectric facility
  • Advised a major Canadian railway on the $55 million sale of its urban railway corridor to the City of Vancouver
  • Advised the developer of a 258-unit mixed-use residential/retail development in North Vancouver, including acquisition, financing, construction financing and development approvals
  • Advised the tenant of a 47,000 square foot, custom-built life-sciences laboratory and production facility in Burnaby
  • Advised the purchaser in the 2015 acquisition of the business and assets of a national retail chain consisting of 300 stores and related office and warehouse space
  • Represented the purchaser of a waterfront resort in Kelowna, BC which includes accommodation, food and beverage facilities, an expansive waterfront, a golf course and marina facilities
  • Represented an investment corporation in the 2014 sale of a 200+ room hotel in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan for $32.8 million
  • Represented a leading senior services company in the acquisition, development and financing of several Metro Vancouver care homes
Education & Call to Bar:
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2008
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 2007
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia, 1998
Awards & Distinctions:
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada Guide: Real Estate Law, 2021
External Publications & Presentations:
  • CLE BC Hot Topics: Commercial Leasing in a Time of COVID-19 Co-Presenter, May 28, 2020
  • B.C. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Leasing in the COVID-19 Era Co-Presenter June 26, 2020