Aleksandra Finelli Partner

Speaks:  English, Polish

Year of Call: 2004 - Ontario

Primary office:  Toronto

Secondary office:  Hamilton

Aleksandra Finelli

Aleksandra (Aleks) Finelli is a partner in Gowling WLG's Real Estate Group.

With 20 years of experience, Aleks' practice is primarily focused on commercial real estate, secured lending and project development encompassing a wide variety of commercial transactions, including real property acquisitions and dispositions, sale/leasebacks, land development, and financing transactions.

Her clients include private landowners, developers, lenders, borrowers, institutions and multinational organizations. Aleks also advises some of Canada's most prominent landlords and tenants on complex leasing matters involving office, retail and industrial properties, including with respect to mixed-use projects, and has significant experience assisting with large national and international merger and acquisition deals.

Complementing her commercial real estate practice, Aleks has extensive experience working on public-private partnerships, green energy projects (including wind and solar power farms), senior housing and the privatization of gaming facilities.

Aleks gets the deal done. She routinely assists clients with acquiring lands, financing and the developmental stages of various construction projects. She is recognized by clients and colleagues for her collaborative, practical and result-oriented approach to any legal matter or transaction. Her personal work ethic and broad experience ensures deal efficiency and, above all, client satisfaction.

Outside of her practice, Aleks is a member of the Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW) and is a mentor to a number of lawyers.

She is fluent in Polish.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2004

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2003

    • Education
      University of Western Ontario, LLB
  • 2002

    • Career
      Bennett Jones LLP (2002 - 2023)
      - Summer student (2002 - 2004)
      - Associate (2004 - 2016)
      - Partner (2016 - 2023)
  • 2000

    • Education
      University of Western Ontario, BA (Hons.)


  • Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW)

Insights & Resources

Representative Work

Counsel to a for-profit long-term care provider with respect to an agreement to sell its retirement living operations, comprised of 1,048 retirement living suites across 11 retirement communities in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Acting on behalf of a publically traded company in connection with various acquisitions and financings of senior and long term care home facilities throughout Ontario and other parts of Canada, including the recent sale of a large retirement home portfolio.

Acting on behalf of a multinational company in connection with leasing and acquisition of warehouse and distribution centers across Canada.

Acting on behalf of a developer in connection with acquisition, financing and development of high rise and mixed use condominium projects.

Acting on behalf of a mezzanine lender on a variety of development projects.

Acted on behalf of a successful proponent in connection with the Casino Operating and Services Agreements bidding process including support through acquisition and development process of various new casino sites in Ontario.

Advised a court appointed monitor in connection with sale and leaseback of certain industrial and farm lands located in southwestern Ontario, which process involved numerous stakeholders including pension funds and the Province of Ontario.

Assisted a major grocery chain in connection with its partnership with an electric and battery charging stations provider.

Acted for the preferred proponent for Fort McMurray West 500 KW Transmission Project, Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Acted in connection with the development and sale of a 50 megawatt portfolio of three solar photovoltaic facilities in Ontario.

Acted for a Canadian-based mineral exploration company in respect of land development issues associated with exploration and mining activities.

Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario and owner Providence Care in connection with the structuring, procurement, negotiation and settlement of the project documents related to the Providence Care Hospital Project.