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D. Fraser MacFadyen


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2




Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): British Columbia, 1986; Nova Scotia, 1989

Legal Assistant(s): Lori Emery

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Fraser works with clients on a wide variety of issues, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financing, commercial leasing, and general commercial matters such as formation, organization, contract compliance and employment. A few examples of his work include acting as one of the leads in:

  • The acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion.
  • The sale leaseback transaction between Sobeys and Crombie REIT with respect to 70 properties and proceeds of approximately $990 million.
  • The formation of Crombie REIT, a complex transaction involving the movement of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • The acquisition of 61 properties by Crombie REIT for an acquisition cost of $430 million.
  • The acquisition of the casinos in Nova Scotia by Great Canadian Casino Corporation, which involved a unique tax saving structure.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1985
Mount Allison University, B.Comm., 1982


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Practice group leader, Commercial Real Property, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 -2010
Director, Feed Nova Scotia, 2005-2010


Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, 2013-2024
Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2011-2024
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2013-2024
Best Lawyers: Real Estate Law, 2008-2024
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2021 – 2022
Lexpert rating: Property Development, 2021 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Asset  Equipment Finance/Leasing, 2014 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Banking & Financial Institutions,  2011 – 2022
Lexpert rating: Property Leasing, 2010 – 2024
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2023 (Real Estate)
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


“Lease Workouts”, International Council of Shopping Centres, 2010

“Issues That Arise in Commercial Leases”, Canadian Bar Association, 2010

“Commercial Real Estate Insolvency” Challenges, Canadian Institute, 2010

“Commercial Lease Agreements”, Canadian Institute, 2010

“Things Technological”, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, 2007

“Commercial Leasing, Some Practical Considerations”, Canadian Bar Association, 2005

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