Christopher J. Kropka

Ph: 416.593.2983

Practice Areas

Call to the Bar

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1982


  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1980


  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)


Chris Kropka runs a varied real estate and corporate/commercial practice that embraces the purchase, sale and financing of commercial real estate, loan transactions, property development, commercial leasing, the purchase and sale of companies and the establishment of joint ventures and limited partnerships. Chris also has extensive experience in the establishment and governance of corporations, including drafting shareholder agreements, addressing shareholder disputes and corporate restructurings.

Throughout his career, Chris has acted in numerous purchase and sale transactions covering a wide variety of property types from industrial, commercial, retail, multi-unit residential, tourism and lodging, and seniors residences to agricultural and timber lands. He has extensive experience, throughout his entire career, in representing non-resident investors in real estate purchase and sale transactions, real estate development projects and in the acquisition or financing of businesses.

Chris has extensive experience in a variety of land transactions and commercial and residential developments including condominiums, shopping centres and industrial, office and medical buildings, nursing and retirement homes and in preparing and negotiating all related agreements such as reciprocal easement and access agreements, cost sharing agreements, use restrictions, development agreements, construction management agreements and rezoning applications.

Chris’ practice includes helping clients create the legal structures they need to carry out their business plans. In this regard, he has extensive experience in drafting limited partnership agreements for syndications of real estate portfolios and development projects, creating corporate structures and preparing and negotiating the necessary ancillary agreements, such as shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements.

Chris has extensive experience in representing both lenders and borrowers in commercial real estate loan transactions. He has represented a variety of foreign and domestic lenders and borrowers in connection with a variety of lending arrangements including fixed term single asset loans, secured credit facilities, development/construction loans and participation loans.

Chris has many years of extensive experience in commercial real estate leasing and the enforcement of commercial leases. He represents various landlords and management companies in his leasing practice. He regularly negotiates and prepares a variety of leasing arrangements, including land leases, design/build leases for developers, and retail, office and industrial leases and various related leasing documentation. In addition, he regularly counsels landlords and property management companies as to a wide variety of commercial tenancy issues, and drafts all related contracts and other documents in connection with matters such as the resolution of disputes with tenants.

Chris is a skilled negotiator and also has an astute business sense which is much valued by his clients. He is able to clearly understand the business side of a transaction or problem and, based on this, devise and implement the appropriate legal solutions.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • "Commercial Real Estate Leases: Default and Remedy Provisions", presented at the Federated Press Leasing Conference, December 2 2015
  • "Lease Due Diligence When Acquiring Income-Producing Commercial Properties", roundtable leader at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2015 Canadian Law Conference
  • “Commercial Real Estate Leases: Default and Remedy Provisions”, presented at the Federated Press Commercial Real Estate Leases Course, December 9-10 2014
  • Releases, Indemnities and Waivers of Subrogation, roundtable leader at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2013 Canadian Law Conference
  • “Who Says Talk is Cheap? The Statute of Frauds in Commercial Leasing”, presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2012 Canadian Law Conference
  • “BOMA 2010: The New BOMA Standard”, presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2011 Canadian Law Conference
  • Presentation: ICSC, speaking on "Environmental Lease Provisions/Insolvent Tenants: Landlord’s Rights and Remedies", February 25-26, 2010
  • Presentation: 8th Commercial Real Estate Leases Course (Federated Press) - January 25-26, 2010, speaking on "Environmental Concerns in Leasing" and "Leasing Green Buildings"

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