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Aaron Bowler

Associé

Calgary
ABowler@blg.com
403.232.9489

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Aaron is a Partner in BLG's Commercial Real Estate group. He has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including hospitality, commercial leasing, project development, and development financing.

He plays a leading role in large acquisition, financing, development, restructuring and securitization transactions. He also provides municipal law advice to clients.

Aaron has significant REIT experience and has been involved in the establishment, financing and disposition of numerous real estate investment trusts.

Aaron works on the real estate, financing and leasing aspects of numerous insolvencies and restructurings, public finance, commercial real estate, property development law and construction law. He also advises in the area of public-private partnerships, alternative finance projects, public procurement and complex construction projects, acting regularly for both the public and private sectors.

He provides rail regulatory advice to railways throughout Canada, particularly on applications under s.98 of the Canada Transportation Act; mediations; arbitrations; public and private crossing negotiations and disputes involving railways, utilities, road authorities, and municipalities; the doctrines of inter-jurisdictional immunity and paramountcy; and real estate.

Experience

  • Commercial real estate and regulatory advice to rail matters
  • Commercial real estate advice to Temple Hotels Inc., including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and expropriation matters
  • Commercial real estate advice to Morguard Corporation including acquisitions and financings
  • Commercial real estate advice to Lanesborough Real Estate Investment Trust, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and insolvency matters
  • Advise Alvarez & Marsal on real estate matters pertaining to the Reid-Built Homes CCAA proceedings
  • Numerous financings and re-financings in Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Sale of St. Albert Mall, Deerfoot Mall, Sunridge Mall and Millwoods Town Centre by Ivanhoe Cambridge
  • Purchase, financing and development of a one-half undivided interest in a large multi-property industrial development in Calgary and Rocky View County, Alberta
  • Purchase of a large hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Purchase of Sun Life Plaza, Calgary, Alberta
  • Purchase and financing of Encana Place, Calgary, Alberta
  • Purchase and financing of Bell Tower and Oxford Tower, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Numerous construction financing matters for The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Advisory Board Member, Practical Law Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, The Law Society of Manitoba
  • Member, the Manitoba Bar Association

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2008
  • Manitoba, 2002
  • LLB, Université du Manitoba, 2001