Fred Gjoka  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Fred Gjoka is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular emphasis on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. Fred’s practice encompasses commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, sale/leaseback/royalty arrangements, financing, re-financing (including single lender and syndicated acquisition, construction, term and take-out financing, as well as vendor-take-back arrangements), leases, subleases, ground leases, specific-use licences, multi-layered easements, as well as the setup of strategic land structures, such as purchase options, rights of first refusal and rights of first offer. Fred also has considerable experience on general corporate and commercial law matters, including mergers & acquisitions, procurement, sales, construction, transportation, licensing, employment, as well as equipment leasing & financing.

Prior to joining BLG, Fred summered, articled and practiced at a national law firm for over 5 years, and more recently worked as legal in-house counsel with a leading multinational corporation for nearly 3 years.

Fred obtained his JD from Western Law after completing his Bachelor of Arts at Queen's University. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Representative Work

  • Act as counsel to a major domestic bank in a $120 million pari passu mortgage loan to a major Canadian REIT in connection with the refinancing of a shopping mall in Ottawa.
  • Act as counsel to a major U.S. bank in the purchase of a portfolio of performing commercial real estate mortgage loans valued at approximately $9 billion, comprising properties across Canada, U.S. and UK.
  • Act as counsel to major domestic bank in a $190 million commercial loan to a major REIT and a leading real estate private equity firm in their acquisition of two Class A office towers in Calgary.
  • Act as counsel to administrative agent in a $400 million syndicated credit facility to a leading Canadian property management and development company in the refinancing of a landmark office tower in Montréal.
  • Act as counsel to borrower in a $1.1 billion term loan from a lending syndicate, secured inter alia by a portfolio of industrial and office properties across Canada, in connection with the acquisition of a major electrical equipment distributor.
  • Act as counsel to a major domestic bank in respect of a $60 million credit facility to co-owners of certain lands in the GTA in connection with the development of a power centre.
  • Act as counsel to co-lenders in a $160 million credit facility to a partnership comprising a leading private equity firm, a major REIT and a pension fund subsidiary in the acquisition of a landmark hotel in the Toronto core.
  • Act as counsel to lender in a $110 million senior secured non-revolving term facility to a major national condominium developer in its construction of a multi-residential-unit project.
  • Act as counsel to a leading international manufacturer in the acquisition of the site for its Canadian headquarters, and the subsequent re-zoning, site plan approval and the construction of the office building in connection with same.
  • Act as counsel to an upscale home furnishing company in the exercise of the right of first refusal under its lease, the purchase of the leased premises, and the negotiation of the subsequent resale and leaseback of said premises.
  • Act as counsel to off-shore companies in their disposition of multiple office buildings in the Toronto core.
  • Act as counsel to a major international automaker in the lease of office space by its car-share subsidiary in Toronto, and in the lease of space for multiple dealerships across Ontario.
  • Act for a Canadian grain company in the disposition of its real estate and other business assets in south-western Ontario.
  • Act as counsel to a leading domestic grocery chain in its disposition, acquisition, leasing and subleasing of multiple properties across Ontario.

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