Christina Kobi is a partner in Minden Gross LLP's Commercial Leasing Group, selected by The Canadian Lexpert® Directory as the single Most Frequently Recommended major full-service law firm (Ontario) for Property Leasing. Christina specializes in all aspects of commercial leasing (including retail, office, industrial, telecommunications, and solar panel leasing) and tenancy dispute matters. She has expertise in sophisticated and volume leasing for major developers, international retail clients, and national property managers. She sits on the Commercial Real Estate Advisory Board of Practical Law Canada, is a former Champion Director of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation and Canadian subcommittee, a former member of the Board of Directors for TCREW, and a Planning Committee member of International Council of Shopping Centers' (ICSC) Conferences. She is a lecturer and moderator at conferences for ICSC, CBA, LSO, and industry organizations and a frequent contributor to leasing publications. Christina is recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Lexpert® Directory, and The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading Property Leasing lawyer in Canada. She received a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2014. Ontario Bar, 1997.
When the government ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses, tenants quickly turned to their leases to see if the pandemic would qualify as force majeure and discharge them from their rent obligations. Hengyun International Investment Commerce Inc. v. 9368-7614 Québec Inc., 2020 QCCS 2251, (“Hengyun”) was one of the first Canadian cases to consider force majeure in the context of COVID-19 government-mandated shutdowns. It sparked hope for tenants that rent relief was possible.