Senior Legal Counsel – Transaction Legal (Real Estate)


Our Transaction Services and Corporate Legal division provides professional support to all parts of the organization through the services it provides, including legal and transaction finance. Lawyers within the team specialize in services that support infrastructure and commercial projects, real estate and leasing, lending, privacy, government affairs, litigation, construction, and contract management.

As part of Infrastructure Ontario's Transaction Legal group, you will have an opportunity to play a leading role in Ontario's most important and complex projects, including transit-oriented community development (TOCD), major infrastructure and other government initiatives leveraging private sector partnerships. TOCDs are higher density, mixed-use developments that are connected, next to, or within a short walk of transit stations and stops, and are designed to encourage transit use. The TOCD program will leverage the value of development rights to help offset the costs of constructing approximately 50 stations. No two TOCD projects will be the same due to the specific location, site conditions, station design and needs of our joint venture partners. Through close coordination with the transit project teams, the TOCD program will add value to Toronto's transit infrastructure and leave its mark on the face of the city.

What You Will Do

  • Primary role: Lead lawyer in the delivery of TOCD projects, which are joint ventures between the Province and commercial developers at station sites across Infrastructure Ontario's subways, LRT and heavy rail portfolios.
  • Secondary role: Lead lawyer supporting our Projects Delivery division in all phases of the delivery of major infrastructure projects (e.g. hospitals, courthouses, correctional facilities, highways and rail/transit) and Commercial
  • Projects division in novel and unique initiatives to leverage private sector partnerships and investments to help generate revenue, reduce costs and create efficiencies in government services and investments
  • Embedded within each project team, the successful candidate will be closely involved in structuring and implementing our projects.  This will often require innovative thinking to develop and negotiate bespoke agreements reflecting the needs of each project. 
  • Draft, review, analyze and negotiate complex agreements, opinions, memoranda and procurement documents to manage risk and ensure that the government's objectives are achieved
  • Ensure compliance with Infrastructure Ontario's governance requirements.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with project partners, funding partners, industry players and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee and direct external counsel; interpret and disseminate legal advice and recommendations to senior lawyers and clients.
  • Represent Infrastructure Ontario in relations with representatives of the government, stakeholders, media and general public.
  • Educate legal team and internal clients on legal matters through discussions and presentations
  • Assume other legal duties as assigned.

Who We're Looking For

  • We are seeking an individual with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing commercial real estate law. 
  • Experience in complex real estate development projects is preferred.  
  • The individual must have a university degree in law (LLB or JD) and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Keen analytical skills, sound commercial instincts and the self-confidence to advocate one's views, both internally and externally.
  • Candidates should also have excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills and be able to work on numerous files in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.

 

Infrastructure Ontario is an inclusive employer, we encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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