John Atchison: Partner

John Atchison


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John has practiced at Gardiner Roberts since 1992. During that time John has developed a broad range of expertise in real estate and corporate commercial law. John has also developed sub-specialties in financing, energy and health law with an emphasis on the real estate and corporate commercial aspects thereof.

Over the past several years, John has delivered advice to clients and acted on transactions in a broad range of areas within these specialties including:

  • mergers, acquisitions divestments and associated financings
  • secured financings, acting on behalf of both lenders and borrowers
  • specialized financing - including structuring overseas-based sharia compliant financings for the acquisition and operation of real estate in the Province of Ontario
  • the development, operation and purchase and sale of retirement homes and long term care facilities
  • assisting in the establishment of geothermal and solar panel systems in connection with modernizing energy usage in existing buildings and generating power for sale to third parties and the grid
  • negotiation and structuring of co-ownership and joint-venture projects
  • public offerings and private placements
  • representing parties in partnership and shareholder disputes and settlements
  • representing start-up companies seeking and securing venture capital financing
  • advising non-profit and charitable organizations


  • Business Practices - Corporate, Commercial Transactions, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital Transactions, Joint Ventures, Partnership Matters, Shareholder Agreements, International Transactions, Family Business Planning, Distributorship Agreements, Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organizations
  • Real Estate - Commercial Development, Purchase and Sale, Planning Act Advice, Secured Transactions and Residential Development, Purchase and Sale of Retirement Homes and Long Term Care Facilities, Development of Retirement Homes and Long Term Care Facilities
  • Financial Services - Secured Transactions, Sharia-Compliant Financings and Venture Capital Financings


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1994
  • Dalhousie University, LL.B. 1992
  • McGill University, B.A. (Hons.) 1989


  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association

At a Glance

Contact Information

Phone: 416.865.6647

Fax: 416.865.6636

Email: John Atchison


Assistant Information

Name: Zelia Da Silva

Phone: 416.865.6644

Practice Areas

Office Information

40 King Street West
Suite 3100
Scotia Plaza
Toronto, ON, M5H 3Y2
T: 416.865.6600
F: 416.865.6636