Robert G.S. Hull Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1981 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7313

Secondary phone: +1 416-723 -6172

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Robert G.S. Hull

Robert Hull is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising corporate, commercial and securities law, with a particular specialty in real estate and infrastructure securities and fund formation.

In addition, he works extensively in structuring private equity, real estate and infrastructure asset class investment products on behalf of major Canadian pension and endowment funds, asset managers, investment dealers and overseas investors in the Canadian marketplace.

Bob represents numerous domestic and international business concerns active in the Canadian industry sectors of energy, technology, steel, waste management, transportation, distribution, healthcare and institutional real estate.

During Bob’s many years of practice, he has represented market participants in creating investment structures to maximize returns and minimize risk for institutional, domestic and foreign investors. In this capacity, he is active in the creation of syndications, joint ventures, limited partnerships, co-ownerships, and special purpose pension realty and investment corporations on behalf of many of Canada’s leading pension funds and asset managers. In addition, he continues to represent many European financial institutions in structuring their cross-border investment vehicles into Canadian real estate and infrastructure assets. Bob also plays a significant role in the market development and growth of his clients through their mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Bob serves as the chair of The George Hull Centre Foundation, the private fundraising arm of The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, a leading children’s mental health centre in the west end of Toronto, and is a governor of Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario's largest college. He most recently served on the Municipal Performance Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade, and serves as a director of several Canadian corporations.

Prior to the merger of Smith Lyons with Gowling Lafleur Henderson in 2001, Bob served as partner-in-charge of client relations, partner-in-charge of international operations and as a member of the Smith Lyons executive committee.

Bob practises in English and French.

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Below are some of Bob's representative transactions and clients:

  • Advising Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited on its CDN$150-million asset-based senior credit facility
  • Counsel to Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited on its cross-Canada acquisitions, including SMS Rents, Modern Industrial and Alberta Lift
  • Acting for Beutel Goodman on the sale of the $1 billion portfolio managed by Beutel Goodman Real Estate Group to Bentall Investment Management in 2002
  • Acting as counsel to LaSalle Investment Management, a subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (NYSE), on the structuring, creation and operation of its four closed end Canadian institutional real estate investment pools, LaSalle Canada Realty Ltd., LaSalle Canadian Income & Growth Fund II Limited Partnership, LaSalle Canadian Income and Growth Fund III Limited Partnership and LaSalle Canadian Income and Growth Fund IV Limited Partnership and its open end Fund, LaSalle Canada Property Fund, L.P., successfully launched in 2017
  • Counsel to IAM Real Estate Group in the structuring and creation of its 12 GPM closed end institutional investment pools, and GPM Real Property (13) Limited Partnership, its open end fund
  • Counsel to the City of Vaughan and Hydro Vaughan Distribution Inc. in the latter’s mergers with Markham Hydro and Richmond Hill Hydro to create PowerStream Inc., and subsequent acquisition by PowerStream of Aurora Hydro Systems
  • Counsel to PowerStream Inc. with respect to its offering of $200,000,000 principal amount of 30-year Series A Debentures in 2012
  • Counsel to PowerStream Inc. on its acquisition of a 50% interest in Collus Power in 2012
  • Counsel to PowerStream on its successful merger with Horizon Utilities and Enersource Hydro to create Alectra Inc. in 2017, and the related acquisition by Alectra of Hydro One Brampton from the Province of Ontario
  • Counsel to Credit Suisse Asset Management of Zurich for the Canadian investments of Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund International. Recent transactions include the acquisition and development of  the Old Stock Exchange Building in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Counsel to Browning-Ferris Industries in the Matter of Med-Tech Environmental Limited, heard by the Ontario Securities Commission in 1998 with respect to a contested take-over bid for Med-Tech Environmental (1998), 21 OSCB 7607
  • Advising major Canadian pension funds, including Canada Mortgage Housing and Corporation Pension Plan, International Carpenters Pension Plan, OP Trust, Canada Post Corporation Registered Pension Plan, Caisse de Retraite d’Hydro Québec, Régime de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Saskatchewan Health Care Employees’ Pension Plan and Shell Canada Pension Trust on real estate, infrastructure and private equity investment projects and vehicles
  • Counsel to Fiera Properties Limited in the structure, creation and operation of its open end institutional realty investment vehicle, Fiera Properties CORE Fund Limited Partnership
  • Counsel to Canadian Urban Limited of Edmonton in the structure, creation and operation of its pension realty investment vehicles
  • Counsel to the Canadian Football League in connection with the sale and transfer of its Ottawa Rough Riders franchise in 1994
  • Counsel to the acquiror of Diversicare Canada Management Services Co., Inc., which owns and operates the Diversicare seniors’ and retirement residences across Canada, from Advocat Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Counsel to Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, one of North America’s most successful steel service distribution organizations. Recent transactions include the going private transaction for its 71% owned subsidiary Samuel Manu-Tech Inc. (TSX); a new credit facility from a syndicate of North American banks; the acquisition of the operations of Doral Steel in Ohio, Tennessee and Mexico; the acquisition of Namasco Limited from Klöckner AG of Duisburg, Germany; and the acquisition of the assets of Wilkinson Steel in Western Canada during 2013
  • Counsel to Real I.S. AG of Munich, the investment subsidiary of Bayerische Landesbank, with respect to its Canadian investments
  • Counsel to IGB Canada Retail Fund I, Limited Partnership, which acquired and manages Tremblant Retail Villages at Mont Tremblant, Quebec on behalf of German Investors
  • Counsel to Aurion Capital Management Inc., an institutional investment counsel and portfolio manager, including advising Aurion on the sale of a 60% equity interest to Dundee Wealth Inc. and subsequent sale of the remaining 40% equity interests to Scotiabank
  • Counsel to syndicates of Canadian pension fund investors in connection with the structure and initial closing of Strathallen Retail Fund 3 LP, and Strathallen Retail Fund 4 LP, both of which are retail real estate investment funds managed by Strathallen Capital Corporation
  • Counsel to a syndicate of Canadian pension fund investors in connection with the establishment of Realstar Apartments Partnership (2011), and Realstar Apartments Partnership II (2013), Realstar Apartments Partnership 3 (2015) and Realstar Apartment Partnership 4 (2018)
  • Counsel to Ivara Corporation with respect to the acquisition by Bentley Systems Inc. of all of Ivara's issued and outstanding share capital
  • Counsel to Minto Properties on the creation and capitalization of Minto Multi-Residential Income Partners I, LP, a closed end, multi-residential real estate investment fund for Canadian pension fund investors, in 2012
  • Counsel to Crown Realty Partners in the creation of its closed end realty investments funds, including CRP III in 2013 and CRP IV in 2017
  • Counsel to Guardian Capital in the creation and operation of its open end real estate investment fund, Guardian Capital Real Estate Fund LP
  • Advised the owners of GAL Elevator Components on the sale of its GAL Canada operations to Golden Gate Capital in 2017