Catherine Guertin

Catherine Guertin  


Executive Summary

Catherine Guertin has in-depth expertise in commercial leasing for all types of properties, including:

  • industrial buildings
  • office buildings
  • retail buildings
  • mixed-used building

Catherine also focuses her practice on acquisition and disposal of properties and on development projects. In recent years, she has been actively involved in the retirement homes sector.

Her practice includes all aspects of:

  • commercial leases
  • sale-leaseback transactions
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • agreements creating rights of superficies
  • emphyteusis agreements
  • servitudes
  • title searches and correction of title defects
  • mining law
  • telecommunications law

Catherine is the Director for the Montréal office of the BLG Reads to Kids Program. She is also a member of the Regional Monitoring and Admissions Advisory Committee.

Representative Work

  • Acts as lead counsel in the rehabilitation and sale of approximately 1,500,000 square feet of industrial land for residential development in a prime area in the suburbs of Montréal.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the sale of land for mixed development consisting of residential condominium units, residential rental units and commercial spaces totaling approximately 340,000 feet square.
  • Acted as lead counsel for an international information technology and artificial intelligence company in the negotiation of a lease of more than 30,000 square feet of office space.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the negotiation of a lease for approximately 50,000 square feet of space for a museum located in downtown Montréal.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the negotiation of a surface rights agreement for the development of the Mirabel Aeronautical Center. This center is Pratt & Whitney’s global hub for flight-testing of all of their engines. The 300,000 square feet plant has received the LEED certification. This modern construction includes a passive solar wall, energy-efficient lighting and many other features, making it one of the largest centres of its kind in North America.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the acquisition of several retirement homes.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the development of BCE Inc.'s new​​ headquarters in Montréal totaling approximately 800,000 square feet.
  • Represents Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Bell Media and Brookefield Global Intergrated Solutions Canada in the management of Bell Canada's real estate portfolio.
  • Acts for several large shopping center owners in the preparation and negotiation of their leases in Québec.
  • Participated in several acquisitions and disposals of commercial properties worth, in some cases, more than $135 million.
  • Participated in the acquisition of a real estate portfolio comprised of shopping centres and strip malls, for a consideration exceeding $70 million.
  • Assisted Northern Property REIT, in its creation of a $3 billion national multi-family REIT through the acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and a $535 million multi-family portfolio managed by Starlight Investments Ltd.
  • Participated in the sale of seven Canadian hotels, including the Fairmont Château Montebello and the Fairmont Kenauk.
  • Lead lawyer of the team that participated in the transfer of over 300 properties and of all leases when Bell Nordiq Group Inc. privatised the Bell Nordiq Income Fund.
  • Coordinated and prepared all the documents required for the transfer of more than 250 other properties when Bell Nordiq Income Fund completed the initial offering of its units in April 2002, the first of its kind in the telecommunications sector.
  • Participated in mining law transactions involving considerations of between $15.2 million and $250 million.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Strategic Day on Commercial Leasing" presented Open Forum, 2018 and 2019.
  • Speaker, "Récents développements en matière de louage commercial", 2018 and 2019.
  • Speaker at the Advanced Conference on Commercial Leases organized by The Canadian Institute, June 2012.
  • Speaker at the Conference on commercial leases presented by Les Éditions Yvon Blais, October 2011.
  • Speaker at the sixth Edition of the Advanced Conference on the negotiation, drafting and performance of commercial leases presented by The Canadian Institute, June 2011.
  • Author, "La clause d'usage et la clause d'exclusivité en matière de louage commercial," published in Le Bail commercial, Collection Blais 2011.
  • Author of article cited in a Québec Superior Court decision: "La clause d'usage et la clause d'exclusivité en matière de louage commercial," published in Le Bail commercial - Collection Blais 2011 (article cited in 2855-0523 Québec Inc. v. Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. (C.S., 2011‑11-21), 2011 QCCS 6624, SOQUIJ AZ-50812351, 2012EXP-572, J.E. 2012-316).
  • Quoted in "Trois conseils de pros pour éviter les bévues coûteuses," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "Comment négocier un bail," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "Des clauses plus à risque," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "L'immobilier reste épargné par la crise. Comment négocier un bail," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Leasing).
  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).
  • Finalist in 2012 for inclusion on the list of "Leading Lawyers under 40 – Rising Stars," Lexpert®.