Salman Y. Bhura
Partner

DIRECT: 604 895 2801
sbhura@harpergrey.com

ASSISTANT: Millicent Ng
mng@harpergrey.com

Salman Y. Bhura Law Corporation

Areas of Practice

Biography

Salman Bhura is a partner at Harper Grey and chair of our Banking & Insolvency Disputes and Real Estate practice groups.

Salman is a senior practitioner in the areas of banking and insolvency, with an emphasis on financial restructuring and security enforcement.  He routinely represents banks, trust companies and other institutional lenders including the TD Bank Group and National Bank of Canada.  He is a frequent presenter on banking and insolvency matters.

In his real estate practice, Salman advises investors, developers, REITs and financial institutions on risk management strategies related to their real estate investments and transactions. Salman is also an experienced advocate for his clients so that when disputes arise, he is able to negotiate effective resolutions.

Salman also practices in the area of commercial litigation, insurance law and business law. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations.

Salman has been involved in many mediations and has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia. His leadership activities within Harper Grey include serving on our strategic planning committee and as a member of the firm's mentoring program.

Education

  • University of Alberta, LL.B., 1996
  • University of Alberta, B.A. (Hons.), 1993

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2001
  • Alberta, 1997

Leadership

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - Banking Law,  Civil Litigation,and Insolvency Law subsections
  • Vancouver Bar Association Executive, 2004-2006
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Ismaili Business and Professional Association
  • Volunteer for the University of British Columbia's Law Students Legal Advice Program
  • Volunteer and fundraiser for the World Partnership Walk and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance

Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star" in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada 2015, 2016
  • Rated "Repeatedly Recommended" in the area of Banking & Financial Institutions and in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2016

Client Work

Banking & Insolvency

  • Represents banks, trust companies and other financial institutions in financial restructuring and security enforcement proceedings
  • Represents creditors in Companies Creditor Arrangement Act proceedings
  • Represents clients in foreclosure proceedings including management of property, mortgage insurance claims as well as listings and sales
  • Advises clients on creditor priority disputes
  • Advises trust companies and lenders on receivership matters including inter-jurisdictional matters
  • Advises clients on issues relating to distressed property sales

Real Estate

  • Advises clients including investors, banks, and REITs concerning risk management in relation to purchase and sale of commercial property and with their real estate portfolios
  • Provides litigation and alternate dispute resolution services in relation to complex real estate disputes for commercial real estate owners and investors including the following:
    • contractual disputes involving land claims
    • commercial real estate contract disputes
    • commercial mortgage disputes
    • disputes involving large real estate developments and multi-family buildings
    • corporate litigation involving real estate holdings
    • property ownership rights disputes
    • purchase and sale disputes
    • title disputes
    • floor space ratio (FSR) disputes, and
    • financing and leasing disputes relating to commercial and residential real estate
  • Advises clients on agricultural lands and dealing with the Farm Debt Mediation Board
  • Represents real estate brokerages in financing disputes
  • Advises clients in relation to option agreements relating to land
  • Represents commercial landlords and tenants in lease default actions
  • Represents banks and commercial real estate owners in a range of matters including lending litigation and security enforcement

Commercial Litigation

  • Represents clients in business disputes including contractual, shareholder and oppression remedies
  • Represents clients in cross-border jurisdictional disputes before the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • Represented a publicly-traded company in an intellectual property dispute over rights to a trade name
  • Represents commercial landlords and tenants in lease default actions
  • Represents directors and officers in claims brought against corporations by creditors

Insurance Law

  • Represents professionals including lawyers, real estate agents, insurance agents and brokers in claims of professional negligence, breach of trust and fiduciary duty
  • Represents insurance brokerage firms in contractual disputes relating to insurance policies
  • Defends clients in proceedings brought under the Financial Institutions Act before the Insurance Council of British Columbia

Business Law

  • Advises clients on business acquisitions
  • Represents clients in negotiating resolutions to shareholders and other contractual disputes
  • Represents clients in negotiating settlements to real estate disputes
  • Advises media companies in relation to contracts with various networks, broadcasters and publishers

 

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