Mervyn Allen 

Mervyn Allen

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7869
e: mervyn.allen@mcmillan.ca

overview

Mervyn Allen has practised in the area of commercial real estate for more than 15 years, acting on real property acquisitions and divestitures and commercial leasing transactions.  He has significant experience in retail, office, industrial and specialty leasing, and has represented both landlords and tenants.  Merv has acted for pension funds, banks, developers, joint ventures and large international corporations in complex real estate transactions in sectors ranging from quick service restaurants, banking, automotive, shopping centres and retirement homes.  Prior to joining McMillan, Merv worked as in-house legal counsel to one of the world's largest quick service restaurant brands, to an international developer, owner and manager of commercial real estate, and to one of Canada's largest grocery retailers. As such, he brings to his practice extensive experience advising management teams and business units.  Before moving in-house, Merv practiced corporate/commercial law with a prominent national law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Senior Counsel to McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
  • Senior Counsel to Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Counsel to First Capital Realty
  • Counsel to Metro Ontario Inc.

Education

  • Other - 1997

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1999

Practices

business law
commercial real estate
leasing
public m&a
franchise and distribution
franchising and distribution disputes

Industries

franchising and distribution

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Teaching Engagements

  • Taught securities law in Osgoode Hall Law Schools’ Continuing Education programme "From IP to IPO"
  • Frequent Speaker at RealLeasing and ICSC seminars
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Mervyn Allen has practised in the area of commercial real estate for more than 15 years, acting on real property acquisitions and divestitures and commercial leasing transactions.  He has significant experience in retail, office, industrial and specialty leasing, and has represented both landlords and tenants.  Merv has acted for pension funds, banks, developers, joint ventures and large international corporations in complex real estate transactions in sectors ranging from quick service restaurants, banking, automotive, shopping centres and retirement homes.  Prior to joining McMillan, Merv worked as in-house legal counsel to one of the world's largest quick service restaurant brands, to an international developer, owner and manager of commercial real estate, and to one of Canada's largest grocery retailers. As such, he brings to his practice extensive experience advising management teams and business units.  Before moving in-house, Merv practiced corporate/commercial law with a prominent national law firm.

  • Senior Counsel to McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
  • Senior Counsel to Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Counsel to First Capital Realty
  • Counsel to Metro Ontario Inc.