Jonathan Freeman is a partner at Cassels and serves as Chair of the firm’s Real Estate & Development Group. Jonathan’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate law, including real estate lending transactions and acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties. He routinely represents traditional bank and non-bank lenders in complex real estate financing transactions, including those relating to term, acquisition, mezzanine and construction loan facilities. Jonathan also has extensive experience with CMHC insured loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other types of securitized debt. He has financed all real estate asset classes, including many of Canada’s largest seniors housing projects, hotels, office buildings, shopping centres and multi-family residential apartment complexes. Jonathan also advises issuers and underwriters in capital market offerings, as well as some of Canada’s largest REITs, private equity funds, developers and real estate investment companies on mergers and acquisitions, cross border real estate transactions, joint venture structuring, asset management and insolvency related matters.
Jonathan is recognized as a leader in his field by such authorities as the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Chambers Canada, which lauds his “pragmatic approach and business savvy.” In recognition of his outstanding performance relative to his peers, Jonathan was selected as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2017.