Fredric L. Carsley - De Grandpré Chait LLP

Fredric L. Carsley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Fredric L. Carsley is a lawyer specialized in commercial real estate law with particular emphasis on major retail and office projects. He acts for well-known stakeholders in the industry with respect to the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate.

Mr. Carsley has been in the foreground of lobbying activities on behalf of the commercial real estate industry, notably the proposed tax on non-residential parking and Section 10(2) of the Canada Interest Act. From 2002 until 2006, he headed the Canadian shopping centre industry government relations representation team. In recognition of his contribution, he received the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Trustees Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the retail real estate industry.

Identified by various national and international directories as a leading practitioner in the fields of property development and property leasing, Mr. Carsley is renowned for his preeminent legal ability and high professional and ethical standards. Clients have publicly acknowledged his expertise, dedication and responsiveness remarking, above all, that he treats every file as though he has a personal stake in the outcome. A frequent speaker and writer on commercial real estate issues, recent topics include leveraged sale-leaseback transactions, power center leases and money laundering obligations for real estate developers and brokers.

Loyola CollegeBA 1971McGill UniversityMcGill UniversityLL.B 1975
Quebec BarInstitut de développement urbain du QuébecAmerican College of Mortgage AttorneysICSCCenter of International Legal StudiesGeorgetown University Law Center, Advanced Commercial Leasing Program

Client Comments

"Fred Carsley, as a senior practitioner, provides the necessary experience and depth for our organization in dealing with complicated real estate and zoning matters. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of commercial development in Quebec, which has proven critical to our organization on more than one occasion. In addition, he is comfortable delegating and providing broader strategic advice or, where necessary, managing every detailed aspect of a matter - whatever our organization requires. On both a personal and professional level, Fred is exceptional to work. Fred treats every one of our files as if he has an ownership stake in the outcome. He is a pleasure to work with."

""Knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated" - my experience with Fred Carsley is that he is always there when we need him; he is very credible and honorable to deal with, and he acts for his clients like he would for himself. Fred has tremendous experience in the retail and property business and has a reputation in the industry as the best. It is always a real pleasure to work with Fred Carsley."

"Mr. Carsley puts the client first in the truest sense. Mr. Carsley (Fred) has repeatedly assisted Whiterock in avoiding potential pitfalls of the Quebec legal systems. His intimate knowledge of law is joined with extensive knowledge of the real estate industry providing useful insight in structuring deals, leases, and financings. He is readily available for inquiries; responds immediately, and can always meet the shortest of deadlines. He is without a doubt one of the top real estate attorneys in Quebec and probably all of Canada."

-Jason Underwood
Whiterock REIT

Office Location

1000, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest
Bureau 2900
Montréal, QC H3B 4W5

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law (Leasing, Property Development)

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