Richard J. Clare is Chair of the firm's Real Estate Law Group. With a practice in real estate and commercial law, he assists clients in real estate development, joint venture structures, portfolio dispositions and acquisitions and financing. Richard acts for institutional lenders in structuring construction or permanent financing. He also advises purchasers, vendors, developers and real estate agents on the sale, purchase, development and zoning of buildings. Leaders in the hotel industry seek Richard’s guidance on franchise agreements and management contracts. In the structuring of mixed-use projects, Richard uses divided co-ownership (horizontal and vertical) and rights of superficies. Richard has also developed expertise in the use of emphyteutic and usufruct structures as tax advantages for non-profit entities. Directories recognizing Richard’s expertise in real estate law in 2017 include The Best Lawyers in Canada where he was recognized as Lawyer of the Year 2017 Québec, in real estate. He is also recognized in Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal, and The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Property Development. The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2017 recognizes Richard’s expertise in Property Development and Project Finance.