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Loopstra Nixon

J. Robert Hall – Managing Partner

bob_hullBob Hall is a senior partner who heads the firm’s commercial real estate practice group and leads the automotive industry team. He serves a broad range of clients such as businesses, banks, pension funds, developers, trade associations and institutional clients. In the area of commercial law, his specialities include acquisitions, dispositions and financing of businesses and major commercial properties including extensive expertise in joint ventures, partnerships and institutional financings. Bob’s 25 years of experience in the automotive industry has made him one of the leaders serving dealerships, financial institutions and trade associations within the auto sector. He has presented a variety of papers and held numerous seminars to companies and institutions in the auto industry. Outside of the firm, Bob is actively involved in a number of community charitable organizations and serves as an executive and coach in minor baseball leagues.

Representative Client Work
Bob has a broad range of experience in commercial transactions which has included representation in one of the largest syndicated financings in the auto industry.

Qualifications And Designations
B.A. Western University LL.B. Western University

Industry Teams

Automotive Banking Construction
Manufacturing Property Development
Transportation and Logistics

Areas Of Practice

Business and Finance Business
Structuring & Corp. Reorganization
Commercial Banking Commercial
Leasing Commercial Mortgages
Commercial Real Estate Environmental
Liability Land Development Land Use
Planning Mergers and Acquisitions
Secured Lending

David M. Bereskin Professional Corporation

David Bereskin – Barrister and Solicitor

David_BereskinDavid Bereskin has practised corporate-commercial law for over 35 years and is corporate lawyer for one of Canada’s preeminent auto dealership groups.

His office is located in Oakville, very accessible to the QEW.

Having acted on behalf of a number of automobile dealers, both buying and selling dealerships, David has considerable expertise in the sector. Frequently his automobile dealership clients are referred to David by other automobile dealership clients who have been his satisfied clients in previous years.

David would be pleased to assist in all corporate-commercial aspects of the sale or purchase of automobile dealerships. He makes it a point to be available and accessible to his clients, and can be reached through these coordinates:

David M. Bereskin Professional Corporation
Barrister and Solicitor
Unit 11, 250 Wyecroft Road
Oakville, Ontario L6K 3T7
Telephone: (905) 845-6914
Fax: (905) 845-6917
email: david@bereskinlaw.ca

Accounting

KPMG LLP Chartered Accountants

A. Tom Kostopoulos, CA, CPA – Audit Partner

tomTom is an audit partner in KPMG’s Private Enterprise group and has over 16 years of audit experience serving private clients in the automotive dealer sector, transportation and logistics, retail, distribution services and manufacturing industries ranging from small owner managed businesses to large multinationals. Tom was instrumental in the development, testing and training of the KPMG software created by KPMG to assist in the auditing of private enterprise clients. He has extensive experience in converting audit clients to this platform. Tom is known by many of his clients as a trusted business advisor and is often called upon to provide guidance on all types of private client matters including sales and acquisitions, operational improvement matters and general business advice.

Tom was appointed the GTA Transportation Sector Leader in 2009 and has a large automotive client base including transportation and logistics companies as well as several large automotive dealerships including brands such as VW, Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, Toyota, Porsche, Audi, Hyundai, Mclaren, BMW and Mini. Tom is often consulted on many issues involving the automotive and transportation industry and he continues to be very active in this area. Tom has also been appointed as the auditor for the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year awards since 2007 and has written several articles on recent automotive topics and automotive accounting advice.

AAIC Appraisals

Jacob Ellens & Associates

Mr. Jacob Ellens

pic_big_jacobellensJacob Ellens, AACI, FRI, was awarded the AACI designation in 1983 and the FRI designation (Fellow of the Real Estate Institute) in 1977. Mr. Ellens began his career in real estate as a salesman for T. Gordon Wyllie Real Estate in Niagara Falls and subsequent to this was employed with the P. J. Harvey Realties in Brantford, an established and diversified real estate firm where he began his career as an appraiser. In addition to appraising, Mr. Ellens was also engaged in property management and real estate sales. In 1987, Mr. Ellens joined the firm of Barry B. Humphreys & Associates and specialized in the valuation of commercial, industrial and investment properties in the Greater Hamilton area prior to starting his own firm in 1989. Mr. Ellens has extensive experience as an expert witness before various courts and tribunals and has experience in expropriation, property tax appeals and general real estate consultation. Mr. Ellens is Past President of the Hamilton Chapter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, Past Director of the Ontario Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and has been involved in various committees at the provincial and national level for the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

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