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Mervyn Allen


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Merv is a versatile commercial real estate attorney who draws on his extensive in-house and private practice experience to advise clients on a wide range of real estate matters. 

Merv 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. Merv 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.

In addition to his practice, Mervyn regularly speaks and writes on topics involving commercial real estate and franchising. He has also taught securities law in Osgoode Hall Law Schools’ continuing education program "From IP to IPO."

News & Press

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TORONTO- Mintz is pleased to announce the recognition of several attorneys in the Canadian Lawyer’s 2024 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
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Mintz proudly announced the election of 13 attorneys to Members and the addition of a record-setting 22 new lateral Members in 2023, with 11 Partners in the newly opened Toronto office. This diverse group strengthens Mintz’s core areas, spanning Commercial and IP Litigation, Life Sciences, Tech, Private Equity, and Energy & Sustainability. The elevated Members and new lateral additions bring invaluable expertise to help clients navigate complex legal landscapes.
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The arrival of Partner Mervyn Allen to Mintz’s Toronto office was the focus of a Law360 article, which highlighted the launch of the firm’s Canadian Real Estate Practice and the growth story of the firm’s business.
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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.
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Events & Speaking


  • Co-author: “Vaccine Mandates by Commercial Landlords: Are They Permitted and What are the Risks?,” Ontario Real Estate Law Developments (February 2022)
  • Co-author: “How To Deal with Fixturing Periods/Late Delivery Penalties”
  • Co-author: “Guarantees and Indemnities in Commercial Leases”
  • Author: “Industrial Leasing: What Is Unique From A Landlord’s Perspective”
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Recognition & Awards

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Repeatedly recommended, Property Leasing (2023 - 2024)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Commercial Leasing Law (2022 – 2023)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Leasing Law (2023 – 2024)

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  • Pro Bono Counsel, Operation Smile
  • Member: Law Society of Ontario
  • Member: Ontario Bar Association
  • Member: International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Member: Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
  • Board Member: Athletics Canada
  • Canadian Advisory Board Member: Right To Play
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