Kari Kim-Gallately Photo
Kari Kim-Gallately Photo
Kari Kim-Gallately Photo

Kari Kim-Gallately maintains a dynamic practice that encompasses a variety of commercial real estate matters, focusing on commercial leasing of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use developments.

Kari has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating leases for both landlords and tenants. Kari’s experience includes advising on landlord remedies and tenants’ options to purchase, and resolving related disputes. She also drafts and negotiates offers to lease, tenant leases, subleases, licences, non-disturbance agreements, and assignment and renewal agreements.

While in private practice prior to joining McMillan, Kari represented major banks and leading financial institutions in real estate finance transactions, and acquisitions and dispositions, and acted for both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters.

Kari has also provided practical advice on diverse topics as in-house counsel at prominent global and national organizations in the public, private, not-for-profit and charitable sectors, including a major real estate developer,  owner and manager of shopping centres, as well as a leading national youth-serving charitable organization with a substantial real estate portfolio.


Representative Matters

  • Acting for a Fortune 500 company in the business of paper, packaging, and facility solutions in a new lease of a 250,000 square foot office, warehouse and distribution centre
  • Acting for Canada’s leading truck mounted equipment supplier in a complex new lease involving related entities of a 20,000 square foot facility for warehousing and distribution
  • Acting for a national landlord in a lease amending agreement with a tenant involved in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and CCAA proceedings
  • Acting for a global leader in the supply of colour pigments for the coatings, plastics and ink industries in a new lease of a 6,000 square foot office premises
  • Acting for a global manufacturer and systems integrator of electronic safety products in a new lease of a 4,600 square foot office, warehousing and wholesale space of technology products
  • Acting for a U.S. owned company in the business of manufacturing search and navigation equipment in a new lease of a 2,000 square foot manufacturing, testing and distribution centre
  • Acting for national companies in connection with subletting premises, either as sublandlord or subtenant

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Listing Agreements for Brokers – What Landlords Should Look for When Hiring a Broker, The Eight-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer

February 28, 2024

Speaker, Fundamental Breach of Commercial Leases – An Update, The Eight-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer

March 1, 2023

Roundtable at the 2022 International Council of Shopping Centres Conference (ICSC), Co-Chair

September 21, 2022


Community Involvement

  • Corporation Member of Toronto City Mission, a charitable organization whose mission is the relief of poverty in Toronto

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres

Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario bar
LLBQueen's University
BA (Honours)University of Toronto


Insights (4 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

Offer to Lease Listing Agreements – What to Look for as a Landlord Looking to Hire a Broker

What to look for when negotiating a listing agreement with a broker for an offer to lease commercial property as a landlord.

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Mar 26, 2024
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Overholding in Commercial Leasing

The concept of overholding is often misunderstood and deserves more attention in commercial leases, given the significant consequences for landlords and tenants.

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Sep 27, 2023
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Vaccine Mandates by Commercial Landlords: Are They Permitted and What Are the Risks?

In this bulletin, we address whether landlords have the right to implement a vaccine mandate and the risks arising from restricting tenants and their employees.

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Nov 12, 2021
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Protecting Small Business Act, 2020 – Ontario’s Temporary Ban on Commercial Tenant Evictions

This Act was enacted to temporarily protect commercial tenants from eviction for rent arrears as a result of the effects of COVID-19 under eligible tenancies.

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Jun 29, 2020

Deals & Cases (2 Posts)

Featured Insight

ASKO Holding’s wholly owned subsidiary, Başak Traktör Tarim Ziraat Ve Iş Makinalari Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş, acquires approximately 96.7% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Buhler Industries Inc.

On December 28, 2023, Başak Traktör Tarim Ziraat Ve Iş Makinalari Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASKO Holding completed its acquisition of all the common shares of Buhler Industries Inc. owned by Combine Factory Rostselmash Ltd., representing 96.7% of the issued and outstanding Shares of the Company.

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Dec 28, 2023
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C.H. Guenther & Son acquires Baldinger and Sons Bakeries

On January 19, 2022, C.H. Guenther & Son (“CHG”) completed its acquisition of Baldinger and Sons Bakeries, a leading family-owned bakery suppliers servicing some of the most prominent food service brands in North America.

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Jan 19, 2022