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Christie McNeill

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1996

Christie’s extensive commercial real estate experience allows her to anticipate challenges before they become obstacles to the successful closing of a client’s deal. She has a particular focus on the hospitality industry, including completing the largest hotel purchase in Canadian history. She is one of the few lawyers in Ontario who specializes in this area.

Over the past fifteen years, Christie has acted for entrepreneurial clients in the hotel industry on many hotel purchases, sales and financings, and she is widely recognized for the expertise she has in this sector. Christie has also acted in respect of the construction and development of several hotels and in connection with various franchise and management agreements with all of the major franchisors (or “flags”) in the province. 

Prior to joining Aird & Berlis, Christie spent several years as Senior Counsel, Real Estate at one of Canada's major financial institutions. She was the lawyer responsible for all real estate-related matters for the bank and its subsidiaries, and had carriage of all legal matters with respect to the bank's commercial and residential mortgage portfolios. Her responsibilities included the creation and maintenance of the bank's standard form financing documentation, supervision of legal matters relating to new mortgage product initiatives, the sale of bank-owned properties, leasing issues, outsourcing agreements, title insurance matters, the bank's mortgage broker channel and all regulatory and compliance issues relating to mortgage operations. She also advised on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions involving the bank.

Professional Involvement


  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association (Real Estate Section, Past Executive)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (Toronto NAIOP)
  • Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW)

Selected Publications

"Title Insurance: A Helping Hand for Loan Transactions," Aird & Berlis LLP Banking Law Newsletter, May 2007


  • LLM, Cambridge University, 1995
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1993
  • B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1990