Pierre-André Hamel Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1994 - Québec

Primary office:  Montréal

Pierre-André Hamel

Pierre-André Hamel is a partner in the Business Law Department of Gowling WLG's Montréal office.

Pierre-André practises primarily in the areas of real estate, bank financing and corporate law. He provides strategic advice on a variety of commercial matters and has specific experience in commercial leasing securities and other guarantees.

Pierre-André regularly advises various businesses in the mortgage industry, including financial institutions, insurance companies and real estate investment funds, acting as both lender and borrower, on the implementation and modification of commercial and industrial property, condominium, corporate and project financings. He negotiates leases, real estate acquisitions, service contracts and other related business transactions.

He also assists counsel in other jurisdictions in connection with the taking of local security in cross-border financings, including syndicated loans, and has on numerous occasions coordinated the creation of security interests for various lenders and borrowers in real and personal property located in other Canadian provinces and in the United States.

Pierre-André has worked in law firms of various sizes ranging from a boutique firm to a national firm, in particular predecessor firms of Gowling WLG.

He practises law in English and French.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2024

  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Québec
  • 1993

    • Education
      Université de Montréal, LL.B.


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • June 2017 - Presentation to Scotiabank employees on agriculture and agri-food business financing
  • ICSC 2012 Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference - Participant, round table on the publication of real estate leases
  • Gowlings 2011 - Continuing education - presentation on the sale of real estate in Quebec
  • ICSC 2011 Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference - Participant, panel discussion on lease assignments and subleasing
  • Gowlings, Financial Services Bulletin "Fully Secured@Gowlings", July 14, 2010, Vol.1, No.1, "Points to Consider when Taking Security on Assets in Québec"

Representative Work

  • Negotiated leases, sales and site acquisitions for major national and international banners in the fast food, grocery, petroleum sales and industrial equipment sales, and distribution sectors
  • Acted for an insurance company in the acquisition of a mortgage portfolio from another insurance company
  • Acted for Capimex Investment Fund in the financing of real estate projects in Poland
  • Represented a multinational company specializing in the construction and maintenance of power lines in its refinancing with a banking syndicate led by a major Canadian bank
  • Advised an Ontario-based mortgage lender in the revision of its standard mortgage documents for residential real estate loans in Quebec
  • Acted as local counsel for a multinational automotive parts manufacturing company in its acquisition of a competitor's operations in Quebec, and subsequently advised it on various matters arising in the course of its day-to-day operations
  • Advised a Canadian dental services company in its acquisition of its first dental clinics in Quebec
  • Acted for a German multinational in its acquisition of a Quebec-based producer of food additives
  • Advised a group of landlords in the restructuring of a real estate portfolio comprising over 25 rental properties
  • Acted for a leading food company in acquisitions of US competitors and in arranging financing for these acquisitions
  • Represented a major player in the development and operation of seniors' residences in the sale, acquisition and financing of various properties