Simon C. Knowling

Simon C. Knowling

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.7374
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLB, 1994
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
BA, 1991
Carleton University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1996

Overview

Simon Knowling’s practice focuses on commercial law, with an emphasis on securities law, commercial real estate, private mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), and bank financing. Simon is head of Torys’ REIT practice. He has extensive experience in all aspects of securities law for real estate companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs), commercial real estate transactions and joint ventures/partnerships. Simon’s particular expertise is in acting for issuers and underwriting syndicates in public and private equity and debt financings involving real estate companies and REITs (domestic, cross-border and international), including initial public offerings.

Simon has a long-standing and impressive track record with clients who have relied on his expertise over many years.  For example, Simon advised The Consumers’ Waterheater Income Fund (now EnerCare Inc.) and The Consumers’ Waterheater Operating Trust (now EnerCare Solutions Inc.) on their IPOs in 2002-3 and has advised on their many acquisition and public offering transactions since that time. He has assisted First Capital Realty in all of its capital markets transactions, public and private, since 2005. Simon has a deep history with BayBridge Seniors Housing Trust, working on its acquisition, financing, development and partnership arrangements relating to multiple portfolios of seniors housing facilities located across Canada.

Representative Work

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Recognition

Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law (2012-2017)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, real estate; Ontario, real estate (2016)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in real estate (2012-2016)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate finance and securities (2012-2014)

Insights

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Torys' Capital Markets 2013 Mid-Year Report

Innovation in Cross-Border Trusts

Torys' Capital Markets 2013 Mid-Year Report

Cross-Border Income Funds: A Panacea for Real Estate Investment Trusts?

Torys' Capital Markets 2012 Mid-Year Report

Canadian REITs and REOCs Showed Heightened Activity in the First Half of 2010

Torys' Capital Markets 2010 Mid-Year Report

Media