Sylvia Adriano Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2001 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4365

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: sylvia.adriano@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Sylvia Adriano

Sylvia Adriano is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office.

Sylvia has extensive experience and practises in the area of commercial real estate. She specializes in the purchase, sale and financing of all classes of retail, commercial, industrial and stratified properties. Sylvia works with clients across a wide range of industries and has particular expertise with the development and operation of retail facilities and big box shopping centres. Clients turn to Sylvia to resolve complex title and unique property issues.

Sylvia also assists her clients with the subsequent development and operation of their land, through the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of property agreements, including easements, use and restrictive covenants; encroachment agreements, cost sharing agreements, operating, and other land use and development agreements.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Community
      2018
      Community Outreach and Giving Committee, Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Chair
    • Community
      2018
      Canadian General Counsel Awards, Advisory Board Member
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada – Corporate Lawyer to Watch
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
    • Community
      2014
      Community Outreach and Giving Committee, Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member
  • 2001

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2001
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1999

    • Education
      1999
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 1996

    • Education
      1996
      University of Toronto, BA (with High Distinction)

Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Urban Institute\
  • Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association
  • Toronto CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)
  • Women in Capital Markets

Publications

  • "Essential Themes from the 2013 Women in Leadership and Business Conference," WeirFoulds, May 2013
  • "Test yourself with the land transfer tax quiz," The Lawyers Weekly, December 2011 (with Bradley McLellan)
  • "Damage to property prior to closing," The Lawyers Weekly, April 2011 (with Bradley McLellan)
  • "Property Development Aspects of Infrastructure and Other Public Projects," The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011, February 2011 (with Bradley McLellan and Daniel Ferguson)
  • "Real Estate Developers Must Comply with Anti-Money Laundering Legislation," as published in Canadian Apartment Magazine, March 2010
  • "Anti-Money Laundering Regime Now Includes Real Estate Developers," The Lawyers Weekly, July 2009
  • "Money Laundering and Real Estate Development Quiz," Canadian Lawyer IN HOUSE Magazine, February 2009
  • "New Duties for Real Estate Developers Under Money Laundering Legislation," WeirFoulds LLP Property Update - Winter 2009, January 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, FCI/CWI - Career Women Interaction: "Delegating Work Successfully" (May 2013)
  • Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada: "Practice Gems - Best Practices for Tendering in Real Estate Transactions. Protecting your Client when the Other Side Refuses to Close" (September 2009)
  • Speaker, OBA Real Property Section: "New Requirements for Developers under the Proceeds of Crime (money laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act" (December 2008)
  • Co-Chair, Ontario Bar Association Real Property Section/Young Lawyers Division: "Your First Real Estate Transaction Going Bad: How to Avoid Problems and Find Solutions" (May 2005)
  • Acted for Clubhouse Developments Inc., led by RGF Real Estate Fund LP (RGF), in the acquisition of The Country Club Golf Course in Woodbridge, ON, for $220 million from the Toronto Region Board of Trade
  • Acts for a national railway company with respect to sale of air space
  • Acted for a major big box retailer with respect to the acquisition and development of its portfolio of stores in Ontario
  • Acted for a major Canadian retailer on numerous purchase and land assembly transactions and the subsequent development of its portfolio in Ontario
  • Acted for a private owner on the asset sale of a 114-acre retirement lifestyle village, office building and retirement home complex
  • Acted for the private owner of a retirement home in the severance and sale of ground floor retail and a parking level of an existing building
  • Acted for the private owner in its acquisition of various significant Ontario heritage properties