Sonia Rainville is an experienced commercial real estate legal counsel with 30 years experience in the acquisition, financing and leasing of real estate properties. She represents financial institutions, promoters, developers and owners of co-ownerships (condominiums), retirement homes, and commercial leasing companies. Sonia is recognized as a leading legal counsel in real estate law by Best Lawyers in Canada.

Sonia acts for clients in large co-ownership (condominium), commercial and mixed-use projects. With expertise in land use planning, she also advises on the development of vacant sites and redevelopment of existing properties.

Also serving clients in the infrastructure and retail sectors, Sonia acts for wind farms and pipelines, as well as telecommunications and energy distribution networks.

Representative Matters

  • Advised the Broccolini group in the acquisition of a vacant lot in downtown Montréal for $100 million
  • Advised The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in the $135 million acquisition financing of the 1100 René Lévesque Street, Montréal
  • Affiliate of Novacap, Caisse de dépôt and BSCP amalgamates with iWeb
  • Windsor Station sold to Cadillac Fairview by Canadian Pacific
  • Created 628 Saint-Jacques mixed-use co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Created 700 Saint-Jacques mixed-use co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Created L/Avenue mixed-use co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Created Aquablu residential co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Financing for the acquisition by Réseau Sélection of the Masterpiece retirement home portfolio
  • Financing for the construction of Carré Saint-Laurent multi-phase co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Financing for the construction of Arbora Griffintown multi-phase co-ownership (condominiums)
  • Financing for the construction of various retirement homes in the province of Québec
  • Financing for the construction of Complexe ABB in the City of Saint-Laurent
  • Created Altoria co-ownership (condominiums)

Speaking Engagements

Examen des titres immobiliers : Questions et obligations contemporaines pour l'examinateur de titres (Examination of Real Estate Titles: Contemporary questions and obligations of the title examiner)

November 2019

Conférence : Immeubles à usage mixte, Taxes au développement et Expropriation déguisée

September 2019

Practical considerations when developing a property. Round Table Discussion in Commercial Real Estate, organized by the Québec Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

March 2019


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leader in the area of Real Estate Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leader in the area of Real Estate Law
  • 2017 Laureate of the CREW M Excellence Gala, category Excellence and Leadership

Community Involvement

  • Member, Weekend to End Women’s Cancers committee benefitting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre
  • Member, Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (Chair, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014)
  • Director, Board of Directors of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Member, Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trade of Metropolitain Montréal
  • Member, CREW Montréal (Commercial Real Estate Women network)
  • Member, Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec
  • Member, Urban Development Institute of Québec
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Education & Admissions

Chambre des Notaires du Québec
Attestation, Civil and Commercial MediationUniversity of Sherbrooke
DDNUniversity of Sherbrooke
LLBUniversity of Sherbrooke

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Real Estate Developments: Challenges and Potential Solutions

Real Estate Developments: Challenges and Potential Solutions.

September 24, 2019 - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm ET