Murray J. Perelman


As an experienced corporate lawyer, Murray’s lengthy and illustrious resume begs the question: What can’t he do? We’re still wondering. Murray has over 40 years of broad-based experience in a variety of corporate and business matters. He has expertise in corporate financing, international transactions, corporate governance issues, corporate reorganizations, and assisting new business start-ups. He also has a special affinity for working with owner-operated and entrepreneurial businesses, and with assisting U.S.-based businesses on expansions into Canada. Murray also shares our belief in community involvement, having served on numerous non-profit boards and committees, including, currently, acting as Chair of North York General Hospital’s Board of Governors. He has also made innumerable contributions to the legal community, from speaking and writing on corporate topics to mentoring and training countless younger (and occasionally older) lawyers. Not content to rest on his professional laurels, however, Murray also persistently battles the unforgiving golf green, roots for the similarly unforgiving Toronto Maple Leafs, and spends as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren. With his extraordinary experience and admirable humility on the golf course, we know Murray offers his clients reflective, seasoned advice. If only someone could help him with his chip shot.


  • Senior business advisor
  • Corporate governance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Debt and equity business financing
  • International transactions
  • Partnership and shareholder arrangements
  • Advising entrepreneurial, owner-operated businesses


  • Toronto area hospital, in its outsourcing of its food and meal preparation operations for patients, staff and visitors and its transport and cleaning operations
  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc., in the establishment of Brookfield Real Estate Opportunity Fund II, a U.S. and Canadian private equity fund
  • Brookfield Properties Corporation, with its US$7.2 billion acquisition of Trizec U.S. and Trizec Canada Inc. and the financing of the same
  • The Mills Corporation, with the sale of its interest in the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre Project joint venture to Ivanhoe Cambridge
  • A private vendor, with the sale of assets of its refrigeration business to a U.S. private equity firm
  • McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, in respect of purchases and sales of restaurant operations/franchises


  • B.Sc., McGIll University (1969)
  • B.C.L. (1972), LL.B. (1973) (Gold Medallist), McGill University
  • Call to Bar: 1975 (Ontario) (Gold Medallist), 1985 (New York)
  • Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2009




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