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High-Profile Toronto Real Estate Attorney Joins Mintz

TORONTO – Mintz continues its expansion in Toronto with the addition of Mervyn Allen who joins as a Partner and will launch the firm’s Real Estate practice in Canada. 

“Merv has extensive in-house and private practice commercial real estate expertise.  He is well-known in the Toronto market and his versatile and deep experience make him an asset to the firm and to our clients,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member. 

Mervyn has acted for clients on many complex acquisitions, dispositions and leasing transactions. He represents landlords, tenants, entrepreneurs, pension funds, banks, universities, developers, joint ventures, franchisors, and franchisees. Mervyn is also frequently called on to advise on specialty leasing matters, draft franchising disclosure documents, and provide guidance on the leasing and subleasing of space in the franchising context.

Prior to joining Mintz, Mervyn was the Co-chair of the Commercial Real Estate Group and Chair of the Commercial Leasing Practice at a prominent Canadian business law firm. Earlier, he held progressively senior positions as in-house counsel to a global quick-service restaurant operator, an international developer, owner, and manager of commercial real estate and to one of Canada's largest grocery retailers.

Mintz’s Toronto office launched in January 2023 with five founding partners: Michael Akkawi, Mitch Frazer, Eric Foster, Lee Johnson, and Cheryl Reicin. Since then, several leading attorneys have joined, including Partners Anthony de Fazekas, Alex North, Katy Pitch, Matthew Atkey and Brad Tartick, Special Counsel Bernard Kwasniewski, and Of Counsel Matthew Imrie.

Mintz creates breakthrough legal strategies that help clients solve problems and forge ahead. Our attorneys combine legal, business, and industry insight to help navigate shifting challenges. We help clients comply with evolving regulations and compete in emerging markets. The firm has incredible depth of experience in the sectors driving innovation and growth including life sciences, private equity, energy & sustainability, and technology. Mintz is recognized as a litigation powerhouse.