Aaron Bowler  


Executive Summary

Aaron Bowler is a Partner in BLG's Commercial Real Estate group. Aaron has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including hospitality, commercial leasing, project development, and development financing.

He plays a leading role in large acquisition, financing, development, restructuring and securitization transactions. He also provides municipal law advice to clients.

Aaron has significant REIT experience and has been involved in the establishment, financing and disposition of numerous real estate investment trusts.

Aaron also works on the real estate, financing and leasing aspects of numerous insolvencies and restructurings, public finance, commercial real estate, property development law and construction law. He also advises in the area of public-private partnerships, alternative finance projects, public procurement and complex construction projects, acting regularly for both the public and private sectors.

Aaron also provides rail regulatory advice to railways throughout Canada, particularly on applications under s.98 of the Canada Transportation Act; mediations; arbitrations; public and private crossing negotiations and disputes involving railways, utilities, road authorities, and municipalities; the doctrines of interjurisdictional immunity and paramountcy; and real estate.

Representative Work

  • Commercial real estate and regulatory advice to rail matters
  • Commercial real estate advice to Temple Hotels Inc., including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and expropriation matters
  • Commercial real estate advice to Morguard Corporation including acquisitions and financings
  • Commercial real estate advice to Lanesborough Real Estate Investment Trust, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and insolvency matters
  • Advise Alvarez & Marsal on real estate matters pertaining to the Reid-Built Homes CCAA proceedings
  • Numerous financings and re-financings in Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Sale of St. Albert Mall, Deerfoot Mall, Sunridge Mall and Millwoods Town Centre by Ivanhoe Cambridge
  • Purchase, financing and development of a one-half undivided interest in a large multi-property industrial development in Calgary and Rocky View County, Alberta
  • Purchase of a large hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Purchase of Sun Life Plaza, Calgary, Alberta
  • Purchase and financing of Encana Place, Calgary, Alberta
  • Purchase and financing of Bell Tower and Oxford Tower, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Numerous construction financing matters for The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, “Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, January 2013.
  • Panelist, Turnaround Management Association Fall Conference, September 2010.
  • Panelist, “Commercial Real Estate Essential Tips,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, June 2008.​
  • Author, “Privacy Law: Compliance for Competitive Advantage,” Start-Up Manitoba, spring 2004.
  • Author, “Aboriginal Entrepreneurs: Business Entity Options and Tax Considerations,” Start-Up Manitoba, winter 2003.
  • Author, “Hollywood North: Tax Incentives and the Film Industry in Canada,” Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, Volume 2, fall 2002.