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Richard J.  Clare

Richard J. Clare

Partner Fasken
In structuring a joint venture agreement, it is essential that each party benefit therefrom. Aligning the interest of every party is key to the success of the venture.
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1976
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal

Richard J. Clare provides high-level advice and has an unparalleled reputation as a strategic advisor in the real estate community. With a practice in real estate and commercial law, he assists clients in real estate development, joint venture structures, portfolio dispositions and acquisitions and financing. Richard acts for institutional lenders in structuring construction or permanent financing. He also advises purchasers, vendors, developers and real estate agents on the sale, purchase, development and zoning of buildings.

Leaders in the hotel industry seek Richard’s guidance on franchise agreements and management contracts.

In the structuring of mixed-use projects, Richard uses divided co-ownership (horizontal and vertical) and rights of superficies.

Richard has also developed expertise in the use of emphyteutic and usufruct structures as tax advantages for non-profit entities.

Directories recognizing Richard’s expertise in real estate law in 2017 include The Best Lawyers in Canada where he was recognized as Lawyer of the Year 2017 Quebec, in real estate. He is also recognized in Chambers Canada, Who’s who Legal, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Real Estate. The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 recognizes Richard’s expertise in Property Development and Project Finance.

2016 to 2019 Chambers Canada Chambers Canada 2016-2019 for Real Estate (Canada & Québec) Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
2015 to 2019 The Legal 500 Canada Recognized by the Legal 500 Canada in the area of real estate
2006 to 2019 The Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized as one of Canada's best Real Estate Law lawyers by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2019 editions)


  • LLL University of Montréal
  • BSc McGill University

Community involvement

  • President of the Board of Quartier Éphémère (Darling Foundry)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Gestion Fonds d’Investissement de Montréal (F.I.M.) Inc. (since 2015)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Québec Bar
  • Member, Bar of Montréal
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Urban Development Institute of Québec
David vs. Goliath: The nimble developer and the institutional investor enter into a real estate joint venture Workshop - 7th Fasken Martineau Symposium location location Montreal
The Canadian Institute and Insight Lecturer and Panelist, conferences on real estate law location location Montréal
Urban Development Institute of Québec Lecturer and Panelist, Conferences on real estate law location location Montréal


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