Title: Commercial law


Peter M. Tolensky



Peter Tolensky

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Peter chairs Lawson Lundell's Real Estate Group. His clients include pension funds, utility, mining and pipeline companies and private entities to whom he provides advice on a variety of real estate and corporate structuring matters for all types of projects. He also negotiates a significant volume of retail, office and industrial leases for landlords and tenants.

Recognition and Ranking
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for real estate law
* Chambers Global: recognized in the Real Estate (Canada) category
* Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized as one of Canada's Corporate Lawyers to Watch
* 2011 Lexpert Rising Star Award: recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40
* Named, Business in Vancouver, Forty under 40 (2008)


Languages: French
Joined the Law Firm in: 2009


Areas of Practice


  • Commercial Real Estate and Development
  • Real Estate


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Examples of Peter’s recent experience include:

Acting for various utility, mining and pipeline companies in connection with linear project land acquisitions and surface leases

Acting as lead leasing counsel for institutional and privately held landlords and tenants in connection with lease preparation, negotiations and related property management matters for regional shopping centres, power centres, enclosed malls, lifestyle centres, office tower complexes and multi-tenanted industrial parks

Acting for buyers and sellers of various retail malls, shopping centres, office buildings and industrial buildings, including multi-unit, strata-titled properties

Acting for various developers in connection with corporate structuring of development ventures, site acquisition, subsequent development work and project marketing and presale matters for various residential and mixed use projects throughout British Columbia, including projects using air-space subdivision and geothermal utility systems

Acting as lead real estate counsel for pension fund in connection with its indirect acquisition of Canadian portfolio of manufactured home communities

Acting as British Columbia counsel to mortgage lender to major ski resort operator as part of credit facilities advanced in connection with operator’s initial public offering

Acting as British Columbia counsel to seniors care facility operator in connection with its acquisition of seniors care facility
Acting for developer of various ground-leasehold interests in Port Metro Vancouver industrial park facility, including attending to rail access matters

Acting for commercial real estate brokerage in connection with preparation of standard form land assembly sales package

Acting for industrial manufacturer in connection with sale/leaseback of its Canadian portfolio of manufacturing facilities

Acting for British Columbia utility in connection with various real estate matters, including statutory rights of way and related tenure matters

Acting for restaurant chain operator in connection with opening of new restaurant locations and capital raising

Acting for buyer of cranberry farm and related farming operations

Acting for developer in connection with development of heritage property and related heritage incentive matters including density transfers

Professional Associations

CBA/BCLS Air-Space Subdivision Task Force, Co-Chair
Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Real Property Subsection, Chair (2007 – 2008)
Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Member (2000 – present )
British Columbia Due Diligence Deskbook, Contributing author
Law Society of British Columbia, Member (2000 – present )
Urban Development Institute, Member and Speaker
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Member and Speaker
International Council of Shopping Centers, Member


British Columbia Due Diligence Deskbook, Contributing author


* Urban Development Institute, Speaker
* National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Speaker

Bar Admission

British Columbia (2000)



University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1996)
University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1999)