As a full service outsourcing firm, MPA provides high quality real estate services to leading Canadian and International retailers.

MAJOR TRANSACTION EXPERIENCE

MPA and its principles have over 30 years experience in the real estate, retail and financial industries in North America and abroad. As you will see from the summary below, MPA has extensive experience in retail transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, restructuring, insolvency, public offerings/major financial transactions, corporate head office/warehouse facilities, etc…

1995 to Present Provided confidential consulting and advisory services on contemplated major transactions/portfolios/valuations, etc. In addition, consulted on several important smaller scale transactions for clients and their financial/legal advisors.
2012 to Present H+R REIT. Acquisition and asset management consulting for H+R REIT’s North American retail portfolio.
2011 to Present VANS. A division of VF Corporation. Handled the international expansion of VANS into Canada. The first Canadian Vans stores opened in November 2012.
2011 Joe Fresh. Selected roll-out of Joe Fresh standalone stores in Canada.
2010 to Present GNC. Currently handling the international expansion of GNC into Canada.
2009-2010 Finalized market entry strategy and multiple deals for Global Powerhouse and Victoria’s Secret in Canada.

Long Tall Sally. Completed acquisition of Canadian stores and head office of Tall Girl for UK-based Long Tall Sally, as well as completing the initial entry of Long Tall Sally into the United States.

2008 Limited Brands. Facilitated 10 store package for successful launch of Bath & Body Works in Canada.

Focused on leading properties in GTA. Aerie. Finalized important new stores, including Toronto Eaton Centre flagship store, for launch of Aerie by American Eagle in Canada.

2007 American Eagle. Finalized new flagship American Eagle store: 17,428 sq. ft. at Peel and St. Catherine Street in Montreal.
2006-2007 Limited Brands. Handled all real estate related components of the acquisition of La Senza Corporation by Limited Brands (owners of Victoria’s Secret, etc.) in a transaction valued at $628 million USD ($710 million CDN).
2006 MPA. Mike Parker certified as Expert Witness by Ontario Superior Court.
2005 SAAN. Completed highly successful restructuring for SAAN Stores Limited – 142 stores dealing with more than 100 separate landlords.
2004 Denninghouse Inc. Advisory services/dispositions in the restructuring of the 313 store Buck or Two chain under CCAA.
2003 Suzy Shier. Divestiture of the 178 store portfolio.

Cotton Ginny. Lease Valuation for Trustee.

2002 The Children’s Place. Acquisition of 23 leases from Comark’s Young Canada and Au Coin des Petits divisions and subsequent Canada-wide expansion.
2001 Fairweather Ltd. Acquisition of the 73 store chain from Receiver.

Bi-way. Disposition of Bi-way Real Estate Portfolio. MPA Handled the marketing and disposition of more than 240 former Bi-way leases, generating significant added revenue for the Receiver.

2000 American Eagle Outfitters. Acquisition of 177 leases of the Braemer and Thrifty’s/Bluenotes divisions of Dylex Limited. MPA Renegotiated the leases, permitting the conversion of 46 Braemer stores to American Eagle.
1999 Pacific Linen. Wind-up of Seattle-based company, including dispositions.
1996 La Senza UK. Public offering and expansion of La Senza in the United Kingdom.Consumers Distributing. Wind-up of national retail company.
1995 Dylex Limited. Successfully led Dylex Limited, Canada’s largest retailer, through a difficult, yet very successful restructuring under CCAA.

 

MPA is also involved in a wide variety of project assignments, including acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings, portfolio valuations, management consulting, strategic planning, and similar projects assisting multi-location companies with managing and optimizing their leased and owned real estate portfolios. Although our primary focus is retail, our skill set and experience is readily transportable and we have completed corporate office space, warehouse/distribution centres, and similar challenges. MPA’s principal, Mike Parker, qualified as an Expert Witness in The Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2006. MPA provides private consulting services for retailers, corporations (including some Fortune 500 companies) and investor groups.