Richard A. Manias

Richard A. Manias  


Executive Summary

Richard Manias is a partner in BLG's Commercial Real Estate Group in the Toronto office. Richard's practice concentrates on the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial properties, including shopping centres, commercial office space and industrial properties. He acts for a variety of clients in the leasing of office, retail or other space, both as landlord and tenant.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Bedrock Industries, LP on real property matters associated with its purchase of Stelco Inc., including the creation of significant long-term leases of two keys sites in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ontario.
  • Acted for Legumex Walker Inc. on real property matters relating to its sale of its special crops division to The Scoular Company for $174 Million.
  • Advised Capstone Power Corp. on project development and project financing of a windfarm, being the 25 MW Goulais project.
  • Acted for Choice Properties REIT on real property matters related to its IPO and for subsequent vend-ins.
  • Acts as counsel for a major telecommunications and broadcasting client. Negotiates and reviews leases, license agreements, marketing agreements and other contracts respecting the use of real property for various telecommunications and broadcasting purposes, such as POP rooms, easements, rooftop installations and telecommunications towers.
  • Acts for electricity generation clients regarding real estate issues related to the development of major generation and distribution projects, including solar projects and windfarms.
  • Advises Local Distribution Companies in the Ontario electricity sector on all matters relating to real property.
  • Acts for a major automobile manufacturer regarding leasing, licensing and subleasing matters.
  • Acts for lenders on real estate based financings when real property is given as security.
  • Acts for various clients on the purchase and sale of real property.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Ask the Expert - Distributed Antenna Systems: Enhancing Mobile Device Coverage with Buil​dings," OnBoard, Fall 2014.
  • Author, "Taking Telecommunications Rooftop Leases to New Heights," The Lawyers Weekly, August 26, 2011.