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Christie McNeill

Partner* Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1996
*Practising as a professional corporation

Christie’s extensive commercial real estate experience allows her to anticipate challenges before they become obstacles to the successful closing of transactions. She is a partner and has been a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group for over two decades. Christie has developed a broad range of expertise in all areas of real property transactions, including the purchase, sale, development, leasing and financing of all types of properties. Christie advises clients across all sectors including Real Estate Investment Trusts, owners, developers, entrepreneurs, joint ventures, partnerships and financial institutions.

For over 20 years, Christie has also acted for clients in the hotel and hospitality industry on hotel purchases, sales and financings, and she is widely recognized for the expertise she has in this sector. She recently completed one of the largest hotel purchases in Canadian history. 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 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.

Christie takes a business-minded approach to protecting her clients’ interests and prides herself on her high service level and responsiveness to clients’ requirements.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • 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 Speaking Engagements

"Legal Panel Discussion," Hotel Capital Connection, October 30, 2019.

Selected Publications

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

Education

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