Karsten Lee



Karsten Lee

* Partner through a professional corporation

Karsten Lee practises in the area of commercial leasing law. He is co-chair of the firm's Commercial Leasing Practice Group.

Karsten advises and assists national, individual and entrepreneurial clients with respect to all leasing-related matters. He has extensive experience with drafting and negotiating commercial leases and all ancillary documentation, as well as providing advice on a broad range of leasing-related issues relating to redevelopments, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, defaults and termination.

Karsten acts on behalf of landlords, tenants, developers, property managers, lenders, franchisors and franchisees. He also has extensive experience with leasing-related due diligence matters.

  • Acted for Honeywell (NYSE:HON) in the acquisition by plan of arrangement of COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading satellite and space components provider of switches and multiplexers. February 2016.
  • Repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Commercial Leasing Law and Real Estate Law
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2007)

  • LL.B., Queen's University, 2006
  • B.Comm., University of Toronto, 2001
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Speaking Engagements

Co-Chair and Speaker, "The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2022," Law Society of Ontario, Online, March 3, 2022
Co-Chair, "The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2021," Law Society of Ontario, Online, March 2, 2021
Panelist, "Commercial Leasing Outlook 2021: Ask An Expert", WeirFoulds LLP, Online, January 28, 2021
Speaker, "Deeper Dive: Key Elements of a Commercial Lease", Your First Commercial Leasing Transaction, Webinar, The Canadian Bar Association, November 10, 2020
Speaker, "A Build-To-Suit Lease for your Build-to-Suit Property: Leasing Considerations for your Design-Build Project", The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer, Law Society of Ontario, Toronto, February 13, 2020
Moderator, “Back to Basics: The Leasing 101 Workshop You Didn’t Think You Needed but Were Glad You Attended”, Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto, March 27-28, 2019
Speaker, "Five Years On: The Effect of Bhasin and the Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Leasing", Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2019, Law Society of Ontario, Toronto, February 25, 2019
Moderator, "We Built This City – A Construction Primer for Leasing Professionals", ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto, ON, April 2016
Speaker, 2016 Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference, Toronto, ON, October 6, 2016
Speaker, "A House Divided: Issues with Leasing in a Multi-Use Development or Condominium", ICSC Canadian Law Conference, Toronto, April 21-22, 2016

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Co-presenter, Legal and Regulatory Issues for Property Managers and Owners, Property Management Exposition & Conference, Toronto, November 28, 2012