Real Estate & Property Development

Events & Seminars


  • April 28, 2017
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

Last year, the Winnipeg Construction Association had so many questions on drug and alcohol testing during our labour law and the construction industry session, they have decided to put together a full session on this topic. There will be a review of important court decisions as well as practical suggestions on how to deal with this difficult (and increasingly common) issue in the workplace.


  • May 5, 2017 - May 8, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TDS is pleased to be a sponsor of Innovate Manitoba. Launchpad Bootcamp, in Winnipeg May 5-8, 2017 is for serious entrepreneurs, offering 3.5 intense days of boot camps presented by experienced national and international angel investor and entrepreneurs.

Real Estate & Property Development Overview

Our real estate sector clients represent a wide range of clients from both within and outside of Manitoba, include property owners and managers, developers, funds, brokers, major financial institutions and condominium corporations, among others. 

The Real Estate & Property Development Group within TDS is comprised of a number of experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who are well known to real estate and property development organizations.

Clients expect that our lawyers know the law, that is a given. While many lawyers know the law, TDS lawyers make an extra effort to not only know our clients’ business, but also to understand their industry and the nuances that go along with each unique sector.

In order to better understand the evolving needs of real estate & property development organizations, we are members of, or are involved with a number of industry related organizations including The Canadian Condominium Institute, The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), The Winnipeg Real Estate Board and The Winnipeg Real Estate Associate.

Our Real Estate & Property Development Group lawyers work as part of our clients’ team to develop strategies to help achieve business objectives and solve problems, including:

  • Corporate and Commercial – Our Real Estate & Property Development Group helps clients with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including corporate governance, debt restructuring, contractual arrangements, reorganizations, amalgamations, commercial agreements and regulatory approvals.
  • Financing – Financing real estate transactions can be critical to the future of your organization and its growth strategy. Our lawyers help clients with loan transactions, debt and equity financings, securities law and have relationships with many leading financial institutions, commercial lenders and government agencies. TDS lawyers are highly connected in the commercial banking and lending, credit union, venture capital and private equity circles.
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution – With the largest litigation and dispute resolution practice in Manitoba, we are able to work proactively and collaboratively with clients to ensure that they receive innovative, cost-effective representation.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Our lawyers regularly assist local, national and international clients with reorganizations, amalgamations, wind-ups and mergers. Today’s M&A transactions are often international or even global in reach. TDS is a founding member (and the exclusive Manitoba member) of Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms, with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. Our global connections to top law firms can make a world of difference to clients when it comes to M&A.
  • Property & Development – We provide a full range of services and expertise, from development, rezoning, construction, property management and condominium development and management, to realization on security through foreclosure and insolvency remedies.
  • Real Estate Transactions – TDS provides counsel and services to lenders and borrowers in a variety of areas such as advising on commercial sales and purchases and leasing.

While you focus on the operation of your organization, we will work on solving your legal problems and protecting your interests. Whatever your challenge, we’re ready to support you.

TDS Law is proud to be external counsel for some leading companies, including:

  • H&R Real Estate Investment Trust and Montez Core Income Fund IV Limited Partnership
  • Greystone Managed Investments Inc. and Harvard Developments Inc.
  • Hopewell Development Corporation
  • Glasshouse (condominium development)
  • SkyCity (condominium development)
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  • TDS Partner, Leilani Kagan, along with TDS Associate Stephen Porco, acted for Hopewell Development to purchase a 9 building industrial complex with 31 tenants located in the Sherwin Industrial Park at 1198 and 1216 - 1232 Sherwin Rd., 27 - 37 and 4 - 78 Stevenson Rd., and 13 – 85 Keith Rd. The deal closed on February 26, 2016.

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  • TDS Partner, Leilani Kagan, along with TDS Associate Stephen Porco, acted for Hopewell Development to purchase the former Canadian Wheat Board building at 423 Main Street. The deal closed on January 31, 2015.

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  • The purchase of the Medical Arts Building, located at 233 Kennedy Street, for $7.9 million closed on November 1, 2015. This purchase included the adjoining surface-parking lot, as well as the parkade facing Edmonton Street.

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  • TDS lawyer Doug Forbes, along with associates Danny Spencer and Nicholas Woelcke acted for Glasshouse, an exciting new condominium development located across from the MTS Centre at 309 Hargrave Street in Winnipeg. Glasshouse is a 21 storey development featuring modern lofts, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exciting new amenities. Doug worked on the acquisition of the land, the preparation of the condominium documents, financing of the project and construction. Glasshouse is scheduled to be completed in the near future with occupancy starting in August, 2016.

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  • TDS lawyer Doug Forbes, along with TDS associate Nicholas Woelcke act for SkyCity, a 45-floor condominium development to be located at 245 Graham Avenue in Winnipeg. When completed, the SkyCity tower will be Manitoba’s tallest building, and offer 30,000 square feet of amenities to residents. Doug and Nick are working on the preparation of condominium documents and providing sales support to the SkyCity sales team.

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