Charlene Schafer

Toronto: 416.865.7631
Fax 416.865.7380


BA, 2003
York University
With Distinction, Political Science and International Relations
JD, 2009
Osgoode Hall Law School

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2010


Charlene maintains a broad real estate practice focused on sophisticated commercial transactions, particularly in the real estate private equity, fund and joint venture space. She advises domestic and cross-border clients in all real estate sectors, including pension funds, owners, fund sponsors, managers, private equity funds, developers, local and international investors, universities, major lenders and borrowers, landlords and tenants.

Charlene regularly acts on transactions involving acquisitions and dispositions (single property and portfolio deals); sale/leaseback arrangements; real estate components of mergers and acquisitions transactions; single lender and syndicated construction, servicing, acquisition; term and take-out financing; the creation, promotion and management of both open-end and closed-end real estate private equity funds; limited partnerships; joint ventures and co-ownerships; development-related matters (acquisitions, easements, cost-sharing arrangements) and asset management advice; industrial and office leasing negotiations; construction-related mandates; regulatory and compliance matters and land transfer tax advice.

Charlene’s extensive experience guiding clients through their real estate transactions and navigating the complexities of the tax and regulatory environments includes structuring and negotiating complex agreements, such as agreements of purchase and sale, limited partnership and co-ownership agreements, credit agreements, ground leases, major office and industrial leases, management services agreements, development management and construction management agreements, reciprocal easement and operating agreements, limiting distance agreements and tieback and crane swing agreements.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Up and coming lawyer in real estate (Ontario) (2020); leading lawyer in real estate (Ontario) (2021)

Expert Guides—Rising Star in real estate (2015-2018)



Professional Involvement

Charlene is a frequent speaker and moderator at prominent industry conferences, webinars and events. She enjoys these opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise and speak on topics such as deal structuring and the mitigation of land transfer tax risk. Keeping up-to-date on developing market and real estate trends and relaying that insight to clients is an important aspect of Charlene's legal practice and role as a trusted business advisor.

Memberships and Affiliations

Charlene is a board member and chair of the communications committee for the Toronto Chapter of NAIOP and is actively involved in other industry organizations such as CREW and ICSC.