Providing offer turnkey real estate solutions. That’s what we mean by a different kind of practice.
At BCF, our real estate professionals understand and share the industry’s ups and downs. Regardless of the complexity of your file, we always take the time to understand your business and your needs to help you create and maintain the necessary conditions to achieve your strategic and financial goals.
Acquisition and Sale of Real Property
Advising on the purchase or sale of immovable property or rights is the heart of our expertise. Once your goals are established, our group will assist you in choosing the vehicle to hold your property, whether it is in the form of a company, a limited partnership, a general partnership, a trust or a joint venture. Our team will also conduct a due diligence review of title-related matters, negotiate title insurance policies, ensure compliance with municipal by-laws, complete other normal-course verifications, and draft and negotiate preliminary and final agreements relating to your transaction.
Development of Real Estate Projects
Our team does more than just see to the legal aspects of your real estate development project. It advises you on choosing a site and on the issues involved; for example, we look at the presence of existing competitors, the quality of the road network, the uses permitted by municipal by-laws, the need to obtain rights-of-way and other servitudes (easements) required to operate a business. If your project includes more than one phase, we will ensure that your initial decisions do not jeopardize subsequent phases, and that they maximize the economic return of operating the site while eliminating potential legal problems.
Mortgage Financing and Enforcement
Our experience includes developing and implementing complex real estate financing, transactions involving acquisition financing, interim financing and creating insured and uninsured construction loans and mortgage loans. We have worked with financial institutions in developing standard loan contracts and in establishing practices relating to the granting of commercial mortgage loans. We regularly assist our clients in negotiating mezzanine debt, lower-ranking debt and other creditor arrangements. We also advise our clients on the enforcement of mortgage security, particularly in the context of bankruptcy and insolvency.
We represent land owners, building managers and tenants in connection with drafting and negotiating complex commercial leases as well as in all aspects of landlord-tenant relationships. We negotiate sophisticated lease agreements to maximize your business goals. We also provide added value for our clients in particular by preparing model or sample leases that form the basis for current and future transactions.
Respect for the environment is a key factor in any real estate development project. Whether it involves obtaining the required permits and certificates of authorization, presenting a contaminated site rehabilitation plan or assisting you in your transactions, we can help you tackle the many environmental issues you are faced with. The management and liability of contaminated sites have significantly evolved over the past few years. Our team can help you navigate your way through the maze of legislative and regulatory requirements.
BCF has a great deal of experience in deploying real estate networks through its understanding of vital operational issues which, for companies operating such networks, include the protection of rights of ownership, superficies and rights-of-way necessary to provide their services. Our clients, some of whom are at the forefront of the telecommunications sector in Canada, call upon the expertise of our real estate legal team to draft and negotiate permits, servitudes (easements), superficies and all types of agreements with land owners and third parties.