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Neil Smiley

Neil M. Smiley

Partner Fasken
Property investment and development has become more challenging with steadily rising land prices, the complexity of the development approvals process and the changes contemplated to the breadth of appeals that may be heard by the Ontario Municipal Board.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1989
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
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Neil M. Smiley specializes in complex real estate transactions, planning and development. Having a unique dual expertise as an experienced commercial real estate lawyer as well as a planning and development lawyer, Neil advises clients not only regarding the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of real property, but also in connection with the myriad of approvals required of governmental authorities to develop such real property.

Neil provides corporate support for all types of real estate transactions including negotiation of joint ventures, co-ownership,  partnership agreements, easements  and governmental development agreements. His expertise also extends to municipal planning and development law, where he assists clients with the maximizing the value of real estate by  securing development approvals, including for severances, variances, subdivisions, condominiums, official plan amendments, zoning amendments, and site plan approvals and where required on appeal, in litigating such cases before the Ontario Municipal Board or other local appeal body.

Beyond his real estate development practice, Neil also has experience in energy projects. He has been involved in property regulation, site selection and approval/appeal process in respect of such projects.

Prior to his legal career, Neil worked as an urban planner and maintains close connections to that discipline. As a result of this, Neil is able to draw on his experiences and contacts to seamlessly apply his extensive knowledge in this field to complex legal transactions.

Education

  • Course in Corporate Real Estate Finance NACORE Capstone
  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • B.E.S. (Hons) - Urban Planning University of Waterloo

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association - Municipal Law Section
  • Member, University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto, which through its annual dinner, raises funds for the University of Waterloo's School of Planning
  • Member of Pragma Council, which involves high-level planning experts in Ontario
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