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Nili Goldman Birshtein

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2006

Nili is a partner and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group. She practises commercial real estate law, advising on all areas of real property transactions, including the purchase, sale and financing of commercial office complexes, retail shopping centres, residential apartment buildings and hotels, as well as secured lending.

Energized by the sophistication and rapid pace of high-profile real estate transactions, Nili diligently upholds the level of service, responsiveness, and protection that clients have come to expect from her. She is involved in complex real estate transactions nationwide and has experience advising foreign companies investing in Canadian real estate. Nili’s high level of service is driven by her clients’ business objectives.

She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and Law Society of Upper Canada. Active in the legal real estate community, Nili sits on the Board of Directors of the Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce, where she holds the position of Corporate Secretary, and she was a member of the executive of the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association from 2010-2015. In addition, she is a member of the Toronto chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties).

Other Languages

Hebrew
Russian

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Corporate Secretary and Member of Board of Directors, Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Board of Directors, Tel Aviv Yafo Foundation. 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto chapter)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Ontario Bar Association (Real Property Section Executive)

Representative Matters

Advised First Capital Realty Inc. in its co-venture acquisition for a purchase price of $52 million.

Advised First Capital Realty Inc. in its sale of a 50% interest in the Lachenaie Portfolio (Galeries de Lanaudiere/Carrefour Charlemagne/Galeries des Chesnaye) to Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company for a purchase price of $71 million.

Advised First Capital Realty Inc. in its acquisition of Peninsula Village Shopping Centre for a purchase price of $78.25 million.

Advised First Capital Realty in its co-venture acquisition of 101 Yorkville Avenue for a purchase price of $29 million.

Advised Reznik Paz Nevo Trusts Ltd. in connection with a bond offering by Skyline Investments Inc. on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange wherein Skyline raised approximately $43.25 million.

Advised Hudson’s Bay Company in its approximately $1.6 billion joint venture with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.

Advised Morguard REIT in its $200 million bond financing for St. Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa and acquisition financing of Penn West Plaza.

Advised Elad Canada Inc. in its sale to Homestead Land Holdings Limited of eight multi-residential properties consisting of six 17-storey buildings and two seven-storey buildings and featuring 1,670 rental units for a purchase price of $281 million.

Advised 90 Sheppard Avenue East Inc. in its sale to Crown Realty Partners of a seven-storey atrium office complex for a purchase price of $76.5 million.

Advised Toronto-5001 Yonge Street Inc. in its sale to Dundee Properties Limited Partnership of an office building for a purchase price of $107.7 million.

Advised Taurus Cookstown Partners Ltd. in its sale to RioCan Acquisitions Inc. of an outlet mall for a purchase price of $62 million.

Advised Peter Street Office Partners Ltd., Taurus Peter Street Investment Limited Partnership and Taurus Peter Street Limited Partnership in its sale to Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd. of an office building for a purchase price of $52 million.

Advised Crown Realty Partners in its sale to Redbourne Realty Fund II Inc. of a two-building office complex for a purchase price of $48 million.

Advised Crown Realty Partners on sale to AX L.P. by its general partner Artis General Partner Ltd. of a 23-storey building and a 12-storey building for a purchase price of $55.8 million.

Advised El-Ad Group in its sale to Bayfield Holdings Inc. of Galeries des Sources, a retail shopping centre, for a purchase price of $53.5 million.

Advised El-Ad Group on sale to Starlight Investments Limited of a 270,000 square foot, 13-storey building in Ottawa, Ontario for a purchase price of $75 million.

Advised El-Ad Group on sale to a private investor of a four-building complex of 1,478 residential apartment units in Toronto, Ontario for a purchase price of $134.5 million.

Advised El-Ad Group on sale to First Capital Acquisition Corp. of a retail shopping centre for a purchase price of $72 million.

Advised El-Ad Group on sale to Homburg Canada Real Estate Investment Trust of three retail shopping centres for a total purchase price of $96 million.

Selected Publications

Panellist, "Negotiation of Commercial Purchase and Sale Agreements – What’s Market," ABA Spring Symposia Washington, D.C., 2015.

Chair and panellist, "Acquisition Financing: Key Issues to Consider and Document Preparation Strategies," American Bar Association Real Property Section’s Commercial Transactions Group roundtable teleconference, June 2014.

Chair, "Mortgage Financing: Successful Due Diligence and Document Preparation Strategies," Ontario Bar Association seminar, April 2014.

Panellist, "Best Practices in Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transaction: U.S. and Canada Perspectives", American Bar Association Real Property Section’s Commercial Transactions Group roundtable teleconference, March 2013.

Chair and Moderator, "Municipal Law/Real Property-Drafting Agreements II: Everything You Still Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask," Ontario Bar Association seminar, October 2012.

Chair and Moderator, "Real Property Section, The Agreement of Purchase & Sale, Let’s Try and Get it Right!," Ontario Bar Association seminar, May 2012.

Speaker, "Keys to the Successful Purchase of a Multi-Tenant Commercial Property," Ontario Bar Association, May 2012.

Chair and Moderator, "The A,B,C’s of Expropriation," Ontario Bar Association seminar, November 2011.

Chair and Moderator, "Real Property Law Section: Property and Liability Insurance 101," Ontario Bar Association seminar, June 2011.

Chair and Moderator, "Power of Sale - New and Interesting Cases," Ontario Bar Association seminar, March 2011.

Speaker, "Title Corrections in the Electronic World", Ninth Annual Real Estate for Law Clerks, Law Society of Upper Canada, October 2010.

Speaker, "Fixing Title and Dealing with Requisitions", Eighth Annual Real Estate for Law Clerks, Law Society of Upper Canada, September 2009.

Education

  • JD, University of Toronto, 2005
  • BA (Magna Cum Laude), Miami University, 1998

Expertise