Janet L. Derbawka* 

Janet L. Derbawka*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.235.3029
e: janet.derbawka@mcmillan.ca

overview

Janet Derbawka is a partner in the Vancouver office practicing real estate, banking and commercial law. Janet's practice includes commercial acquisitions, dispositions and financing transactions. Janet has extensive experience in negotiating lease transactions for both landlords and tenants. Janet acts on behalf of privately-held companies, international franchises, real estate investment trusts, and publicly traded companies as well as some of Canada's largest developers and retailers.

Janet also advises clients on general business law, including structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of corporate/commercial transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and financings. Janet has acted as counsel in numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions including cross-border transactions involving foreign purchasers. Her experience spans a variety of industries including technology, gaming, financial services, retail, and facility management.

Presentations

The Art of Negotiation: More Than you Bargained For
The Show Must Go On
Omni-Channel Retailing and Percentage Rent
Hints from the Hinterland - Tread carefully outside of Ontario; things are different there!
The Pursuasive Lawyer

News

60 McMillan Lawyers Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Alberta, B.Comm.

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1994
  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1994

Practices

leasing
business law
commercial real estate

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair, 2017 ICSC Whistler Planning Committee
  • Member, 2015/2016 ICSC Whistler Planning Committee
  • Member, CREW (Vancouver Chapter)
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Conference Co-chair for Leadership for Women Lawyers: Practicing Law in Today's Fast-Paced Environment
  • Contributing Editor, O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms, Division II Corporations for British Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada
     

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended lawyer in the area of Property Leasing
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Property Leasing
  • Consistently recommended. Property Leasing, in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 
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Janet Derbawka is a partner in the Vancouver office practicing real estate, banking and commercial law. Janet's practice includes commercial acquisitions, dispositions and financing transactions. Janet has extensive experience in negotiating lease transactions for both landlords and tenants. Janet acts on behalf of privately-held companies, international franchises, real estate investment trusts, and publicly traded companies as well as some of Canada's largest developers and retailers.

Janet also advises clients on general business law, including structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of corporate/commercial transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and financings. Janet has acted as counsel in numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions including cross-border transactions involving foreign purchasers. Her experience spans a variety of industries including technology, gaming, financial services, retail, and facility management.

November 2018
Negotiating In Today's Market: Understanding the Deal, Resolve Key Issues and Close the Transaction
Vancouver Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
October 2018
Passport Revoked: How to Ensure Your Brands Do Not Fail Internationally
U.S. Shopping Centre Law Conference
April 30, 2018
The Art of Negotiation: More Than you Bargained For
ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto
November 1, 2017
Back to Basics: Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Managing Tenants
2017 Vancouver Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
October 18, 2017
Speaker Series - Women of Influence (Panelist)
CREW Vancouver
April 27, 2017
The Show Must Go On
ICSC Canadian Law Conference
November 1, 2016
Five Lease Clauses That Need Special Attention
2016 Vancouver Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference
October 20, 2015
Understanding Co-Tenancy in Leasing Agreements
Vancouver Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia
April 2015
Drafting and Negotiating a Proper Transfer Clause
Speaker, Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference
January 26, 2015
Omni-Channel Retailing and Percentage Rent
Roundatable Leader, ICSC 2015 Conference, Whistler, BC
March 2014
Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference
Speaker, ICSC 2014 Canadian Law Conference
February 2013
Hints from the Hinterland - Tread carefully outside of Ontario; things are different there!
Speaker, ICSC 2013 Canadian Law Conference
November 2012
The Pursuasive Lawyer
Speaker, Leadership for Women Lawyers