Noella Milne

Partner

Toronto
NMilne@blg.com
416.367.6237

Noella’s expertise is in commercial real estate. Her practice focuses on:

  • acquisitions and dispositions
  • developments and leasing
  • public-private transactions
  • joint ventures and partnerships

She advises clients on structuring transactions and issues related to financing, leasing, development, environmental concerns and title.

She also specializes in hotel-related transactions, including:

  • management and franchise agreements
  • co-ownership arrangements
  • financing

Experience

  • Acting in acquisitions of numerous shopping centres, office buildings, hotels and development properties, including consideration of structure of transaction, negotiating and drafting agreements of purchase and sale, co-ownership arrangements, property management agreements and negotiating and acting on financings related to acquisitions.
  • Acting for various banks and trust companies and borrowers in connection with the financing of real property, including financing of major hotels, shopping centres, office towers and development projects.
  • Lead the legal team acting for George Brown College in connection with its $200-million Waterfront Campus Development Project, which involved the creation of an integrated facility including academic buildings, student spaces and a recreation centre.
  • Part of the team acting for the City of Ottawa in connection with the establishment of a Light Rail Transit System through a public-private partnership.
  • Acted for George Brown College in connection with its acquisition of a Student Residence on the Pan/Parapan Am Games Athlete’s Village Site.
  • Acted for a pension fund and a large private corporation in the acquisition of a $1-billion portfolio of shopping centres in Ontario.
  • Acted for a consortium, including a pension fund, a financial institution and a large private corporation in the acquisition of a $900-million portfolio of office buildings across Canada.
  • Part of the team acting for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board in its acquisition of Cadillac Fairview Corporation (CFC), a major and complex transaction involving several billion dollars.
  • Part of the real estate team acting for Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in connection with the development of the Broadcast Centre in Toronto. The project involved structuring arrangements for long term leases of two future office towers, agreements regarding a proposed condominium project and agreements involving the construction and financing of the CBC Broadcast Centre.
  • Acted for Context Development Ltd. in the negotiation of the acquisition and development of its condominium projects, including The Spire, Tip Top Lofts, Kensington Place, Radio City Lofts, Mozo and District Lofts.
  • Acted on the purchase of some of Canada's leading hotels, including, The Fairmont Chateau Laurier and The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver.

Beyond our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Member, Order of Ontario Advisory Council
  • Member, Advisory Board, Children's Aid Foundation
  • Former president and honorary life director, The Canadian Club
  • Recent Past Member, Board of Directors, St. Michael's Hospital Chancellor, George Brown College
  • Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, George Brown College Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
  • Immediate past-chair, UNICEF Canada

Awards & Recognitions

  • Appointed to the Order of Ontario
  • Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Recipient of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award
  • Recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women
  • Recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award
  • Recipient of the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1988
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1986
  • BA, Carleton University, 1982