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Carlos Mendes is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group and Chair of the Craft Breweries Practice at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP.
He primarily advises clients on the financing, development and leasing of institutional real estate and the establishment and operation of commercial breweries.
Carlos’ main area of practice is institutional real estate, with a particular focus on assisting governmental and quasi-governmental institutions in the development and financing of social and supportive housing and educational facilities. Carlos understands the complexities that industry players face as they work with public and private partners to realize their unique operational visions, and he relays this experience in the strategic legal advice he provides to his clients.
Carlos works closely with his clients to ensure that they understand the legal side of their operations and get value for their legal budget. Driven by a desire to be more than just an outside advisor, Carlos aims to integrate into his clients’ operations so that he can see their legal and strategic issues the same way they do – from the ground up. From starting a business and navigating regulatory approvals, to closing a transaction and resolving a dispute, Carlos recognizes the toll that legal issues can have on his clients, and his considered, ‘hands on’ approach has helped him earn the privilege of acting as a trusted advisor to his diverse client base.
Carlos acts as counsel to the British Columbia Housing Management Commission, advising on a variety of real estate and lending matters in connection with their diverse operational mandate. He also acts as lead counsel to Great Northern Way Campus Ltd., a company established by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, to oversee the revitalization of an 18-acre site on the False Creek Flats, including the relocation of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design campus and the establishment of a digital and creative district. Carlos is also general counsel to the British Columbia Craft Brewer’s Guild, the industry organization that represents and advocates for British Columbia’s craft brewers, and to numerous breweries that operate throughout the province.
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Carlos frequently comments on issues affecting the craft beer industry on his blog BC Beer Law, is a regular guest instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University in their respective ‘Brewery Operations’ diploma programs, has been interviewed in numerous media outlets on matters pertaining to the regulation of the craft beer industry, and pens a bi-weekly article on the craft beer scene for Scout Magazine.
Articles | Nov 13, 2020
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