Samir Gassanov is an associate in Gowlings’ Toronto office, acting for a range of clients in real estate, infrastructure, energy, PPP, construction and procurement, waste management and social housing sectors. More specifically, he practises in the following areas:
Commercial Real Estate
Samir advises on all aspects of commercial real estate practice, including acquisition, divestiture and development of commercial properties, as well as commercial leasing and real estate financing, including international and domestic real estate investors, owners, borrowers, lenders, commercial landlords and tenants ranging from single-location landlords and tenants to tenants with numerous locations and landlords owning large multi-tenant commercial and retail projects. His practice encompasses a variety of commercial and real property-related issues, including commercial and industrial purchase and sale transactions, commercial, industrial and retail leasing, and secured financing and mortgage lending.
Samir's experience in the area of commercial real estate includes acting for land owners and developers in connection with renewable energy projects, such as solar ground-mount and rooftop, wind and water projects.
Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
Samir's infrastructure experience includes acting on behalf of private sector and public authority clients in connection with the more traditional delivery models (stipulated price and cost plus) and also design-build, construction management and P3 project delivery methods.
Construction and Commercial Contracts
Samir has extensive experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including design, construction, and O&M contracts, joint venture agreements, project management agreements, supply and service agreements, tenders and requests for proposal, and advising in-house legal counsel and business people by identifying risk issues, drafting and providing mark-ups of contracts and procurement documents or riders with exceptions and qualifications. He keeps current precedent supplementary conditions and riders in connection with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and professional service contracts.
Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCCA)
Samir has thorough familiarity with the legislative and regulatory framework governing private career colleges in Ontario and extensive experience with regulatory matters and advising a large private career college with the registration and approval of its programs.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
He has thorough knowledge of the applicable provincial legislative framework and constitutional issues arising out of provincial disability regulation, including its impact on federal undertakings. He provides extensive advice to various organizations, including non-profits and multi-nationals operating in Ontario, in connection with regulatory compliance with the Customer Service Standards and Integrated Standards regulations under the AODA.
Samir is fluent in English and Russian and can converse in Azeri.