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Frank S.A. Arnone



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Frank is a partner who specializes in commercial real estate — advising on institutional investment and financing transactions, major project developments and leases, including ownership and development structuring through joint ventures, limited partnerships, REITs and other structures. Leading Canadian and international real estate owners, investors and developers trust Frank’s business acumen and value his creative and practical solutions — as do many large Canadian pension funds and institutional investors.

Frank has played a key role in a variety of prominent public and private transactions, including the development of hospitals, office complexes, research and development centres and other mixed-use projects.

Prior to joining BLG, Frank was a partner at a prominent Bay Street law firm with offices in Canada and New York.


  • Acted for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in its $1.175 billion acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in Canadian office portfolio from Oxford Properties Group. The transaction brings the total size of the jointly owned Oxford-CPPIB office portfolio to more than 12 million square feet.
  • Acting for KSV Restructuring Inc. in its roles as Monitor of the Urbancorp Group of Companies in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and as Information Officer for Urbancorp Inc.
  • Acted for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in the $105 million acquisition from Minto Properties Inc. of an undivided 60 per c ent ownership interest in Minto High Park Village, a multifamily rental property comprising three apartment buildings and approximately 750 rental units. This transaction marks CPPIB's first direct investment in the Canadian multifamily real estate market.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets, a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.
  • Acted for the City of Toronto in the Toronto waterfront revitalization project, including negotiations with private developers and government ministries and agencies, advising on issues such as public ownership of lands, governance, environmental liabilities and protections, and the negotiation of procurement, design, development, construction and financing documentation.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada (Real Estate: Ontario)
  • Recognized in the 2021 IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (Real Estate Acquisitions)
  • Recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Commercial Law and Property Leasing)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law and Real Estate Law)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • LLB, Université Queen’s, 2000
  • BA (Specialized Hons), Université York, 1996