Simon C. Knowling

Simon C. Knowling

Toronto: 416.865.7374
Fax 416.865.7380


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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1996


Simon'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.

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in real estate: nationwide and Ontario (2016-2018); REITs (2016-2021)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Notable practitioner in M&A and capital markets: debt and equity (2019-2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law (2015-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate finance & securities (2012-2021)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in real estate (2012-2016)


RealREIT Conference