Bruce Chapple 

Co-Chair, Private Equity
Toronto  t: 416.865.7024  |  e: bruce.chapple@mcmillan.ca

Bruce Chapple

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7024
e: bruce.chapple@mcmillan.ca

overview

Bruce gets deals done and gives practical business law advice.

He practices business law with an emphasis on corporate/commercial advice, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and complex commercial transactions. This includes advising domestic businesses, subsidiaries of international corporations, acquisitions and divestitures in the Canadian market and advising on Canadian issues associated with international transactions.

Bruce regularly advises public and private corporations, private equity funds, and other clients. He has experience in a variety of industries and leading economic sectors including industrial, pharmaceutical, health care, retail, financial and other service industries, automotive, insurance, film and computer software.

Bruce is very involved in the community. He led the firm’s Leadership United Way campaign for many years and is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at Royal St. George’s College.

Bruce has held several leadership positions at McMillan LLP. He is currently the firm’s Chief Financial Partner and has been the firm’s Chief Firm (Engagement) Partner. He sat on the firm’s Professional Services Committee for 6 years.

Representative Matters

  • Gentherm (Nasdaq), a thermal technology company, which develops and manufactures heating, cooling and ventilating devices for global markets - represented Gentherm in its acquisition of Etratech, in a minority investment in Etalim and its acquisition of Global Thermoelectric
  • Apache Industrial Services, represented Quantum SCL Holdings Limited and Somad Holdings PTY Ltd., in the acquisition of Apache, a Houston based industrial services business, and the roll-in of Skyway Canada Limited
  • Robert Bosch Venture Capital, represented RBVC in its Series A investments in Flybits (and Trellis Capital as co-investor), Airy3D and Poka
  • Alignvest Capital Management, represented Alignvest in the structuring and establishment of its fund as well as several platforms and provide regular corporate advice
  • WESCO Distribution Canada LP, provide regular corporate advice and participated in the representation of WESCO in its acquisition of EECOL Electric Corp.
  • Linde Canada Limited, provide regular corporate advice
  • Parallax Development Corp. (formerly, Nico Puff Corporation), represented Nico Puff with Plan of Arrangement
  • Lone Star, a Canadian based restaurant chain, provide regular corporate advice
  • Picton Mahoney Asset Management, provide regular commercial and partnership advice
  • Competitive Foods Canada, represented Competitive Foods in acquiring a minority interest in SIR Corp. (owner of Jack Astor's and Alice Fazooli's)
  • Connell Limited Partnership, represented Connell in the add-on acquisition of the assets of AWC Manufacturing Inc. as well as its original acquisition of Anchor Lamina
  • Catterton, represented Catterton Growth Fund on its investment in Cover FX and on its acquisition of Naya Waters and other multiple investments and related portfolio companies since 2001
  • Skyway Canada/PERI, represented Skyway in acquisition of all the outstanding shares of PERI Scaffolding Services Inc. a subsidiary of PERI GmbH and representation of Skyway in refinancing
  • Titan Outdoor, an outdoor media company - represented Titan in the acquisition and ultimate sale of its Canadian business
  • HiIlcore Financial Corporation (previously, Abacus Private Equity), provide regular corporate advice and represented Abacus in closing multiple transactions since 2005
  • A Place for Mom, a senior care referral company - assisted in setting up business in Canada and provide regular corporate advice to its Canadian subsidiary
  • Voith, is a globally active engineering company with its broad portfolio covering plants, products and industrial services, provide regular corporate advice
  • Fresenius Kabi Canada / Calea, provide regular corporate advice in respect of the Canadian operation of Fresenius Kabi, a German public company in the medical and drug therapy business
  • Olin Chlor Alkali Products, a leading North American manufacturer of chlorine, caustic ClV soda, industrial bleach, hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide, hydrogen and related products - provide regular corporate advice
  • Southwest Capital, an alternative asset manager and real estate private equity fund focused on the Southwestern United States - provide regular partnership and corporate advice including the establishment of Funds 2, 3, 4 and 6
  • Huron Capital Partners, acted as Canadian counsel on the acquisitions and divestitures of OE Quality Friction Inc., Labstat International Inc. and Olon Canada Inc. and provided regular corporate advice to its Canadian portfolio companies

Presentations

Professionalism
Acquisitions: Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements
Private M&A
Responsive Q and A Panel: We Take on Your Minute Book Questions
Building Essential Negotiating and Drafting Skills Shareholder Agreements (annually since 2014)
Raising Capital and Planning an Exit Strategy
Fundamentals of Unanimous Shareholder Agreements
Doing Private Equity Deals in 2012 – Identifying and Resolving Top Legal Issues
Acting for Start-Up Business
At the Heart of Contract Law

Publications

Getting the Deal Through (Canada Chapter) – Private Equity 2019 – Fund Formation
And then there were none; Ontario has repealed the Bulk Sales Act
Business Law Advisory Council Releases Fall 2016 Report
Limited Partnerships: When to Head to Manitoba and When to Stay at Home?
Common Business Agreement and Drafting Agreements – Corporate Governance Chapters (2006)
International Asset Transfer - An Overview of the Main Jurisdictions (Canadian Chapter)
The growing interest of international private equity funds to invest in Canada
Common Business Agreement and Drafting Agreements – Corporate Governance Chapters (2006)
An Unbiased Look at Unlimited Liability Companies in Canada
Confidentiality, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Covenants - A Practical Guide

News

60 McMillan Lawyers Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Education

  • University of Toronto, LLB - 1995
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.Sc. Econ. Cum Laude – (At the Wharton School, Bruce studied a broad-based business curriculum including international business) - 1991

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1997

Practices

venture capital
private equity
business law
private m&a
negotiated transactions
business formation

Industries

consortia
investments
venture capital
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
automotive

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA)
  • Chair of the Board of Governors of Royal St. George's College

Community Involvement

  • Member of United Way Greater Toronto 

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
  • Named in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as repeatedly recommended in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
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Bruce gets deals done and gives practical business law advice.

He practices business law with an emphasis on corporate/commercial advice, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and complex commercial transactions. This includes advising domestic businesses, subsidiaries of international corporations, acquisitions and divestitures in the Canadian market and advising on Canadian issues associated with international transactions.

Bruce regularly advises public and private corporations, private equity funds, and other clients. He has experience in a variety of industries and leading economic sectors including industrial, pharmaceutical, health care, retail, financial and other service industries, automotive, insurance, film and computer software.

Bruce is very involved in the community. He led the firm’s Leadership United Way campaign for many years and is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at Royal St. George’s College.

Bruce has held several leadership positions at McMillan LLP. He is currently the firm’s Chief Financial Partner and has been the firm’s Chief Firm (Engagement) Partner. He sat on the firm’s Professional Services Committee for 6 years.

  • Gentherm (Nasdaq), a thermal technology company, which develops and manufactures heating, cooling and ventilating devices for global markets - represented Gentherm in its acquisition of Etratech, in a minority investment in Etalim and its acquisition of Global Thermoelectric
  • Apache Industrial Services, represented Quantum SCL Holdings Limited and Somad Holdings PTY Ltd., in the acquisition of Apache, a Houston based industrial services business, and the roll-in of Skyway Canada Limited
  • Robert Bosch Venture Capital, represented RBVC in its Series A investments in Flybits (and Trellis Capital as co-investor), Airy3D and Poka
  • Alignvest Capital Management, represented Alignvest in the structuring and establishment of its fund as well as several platforms and provide regular corporate advice
  • WESCO Distribution Canada LP, provide regular corporate advice and participated in the representation of WESCO in its acquisition of EECOL Electric Corp.
  • Linde Canada Limited, provide regular corporate advice
  • Parallax Development Corp. (formerly, Nico Puff Corporation), represented Nico Puff with Plan of Arrangement
  • Lone Star, a Canadian based restaurant chain, provide regular corporate advice
  • Picton Mahoney Asset Management, provide regular commercial and partnership advice
  • Competitive Foods Canada, represented Competitive Foods in acquiring a minority interest in SIR Corp. (owner of Jack Astor's and Alice Fazooli's)
  • Connell Limited Partnership, represented Connell in the add-on acquisition of the assets of AWC Manufacturing Inc. as well as its original acquisition of Anchor Lamina
  • Catterton, represented Catterton Growth Fund on its investment in Cover FX and on its acquisition of Naya Waters and other multiple investments and related portfolio companies since 2001
  • Skyway Canada/PERI, represented Skyway in acquisition of all the outstanding shares of PERI Scaffolding Services Inc. a subsidiary of PERI GmbH and representation of Skyway in refinancing
  • Titan Outdoor, an outdoor media company - represented Titan in the acquisition and ultimate sale of its Canadian business
  • HiIlcore Financial Corporation (previously, Abacus Private Equity), provide regular corporate advice and represented Abacus in closing multiple transactions since 2005
  • A Place for Mom, a senior care referral company - assisted in setting up business in Canada and provide regular corporate advice to its Canadian subsidiary
  • Voith, is a globally active engineering company with its broad portfolio covering plants, products and industrial services, provide regular corporate advice
  • Fresenius Kabi Canada / Calea, provide regular corporate advice in respect of the Canadian operation of Fresenius Kabi, a German public company in the medical and drug therapy business
  • Olin Chlor Alkali Products, a leading North American manufacturer of chlorine, caustic ClV soda, industrial bleach, hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide, hydrogen and related products - provide regular corporate advice
  • Southwest Capital, an alternative asset manager and real estate private equity fund focused on the Southwestern United States - provide regular partnership and corporate advice including the establishment of Funds 2, 3, 4 and 6
  • Huron Capital Partners, acted as Canadian counsel on the acquisitions and divestitures of OE Quality Friction Inc., Labstat International Inc. and Olon Canada Inc. and provided regular corporate advice to its Canadian portfolio companies
December 2016
Business Law Advisory Council Releases Fall 2016 Report

Business Law Bulletin

2011
Common Business Agreement and Drafting Agreements – Corporate Governance Chapters (2006)
CCH Corporate Counsel Guide (co-authored with Michael Whitcombe)
2007
The growing interest of international private equity funds to invest in Canada
Financier Worldwide Magazine - 2007 (with the assistance of Charles Chevrette, Todd Miller, Ted Scott and Michael Whitcombe)
2006
Common Business Agreement and Drafting Agreements – Corporate Governance Chapters (2006)
CCH Corporate Counsel Guide (co-authored with Michael Whitcombe)
September 2005
An Unbiased Look at Unlimited Liability Companies in Canada
Tax and Corporate Law Bulletin
March 2004
Confidentiality, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Covenants - A Practical Guide
Atlas Information Canada - Negotiating and Drafting Major Commercial Agreements, March 22 & 23 - Toronto, Ontario
June 2017
Professionalism
UofT Business Law Society Workshop
April 2017
Acquisitions: Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements
McMillan LLP - Business Law Associate Training
April 2017
Private M&A
McMillan LLP (Vancouver) - Business Law Associate Training. co-presented with Mike Reid
March 2017
Responsive Q and A Panel: We Take on Your Minute Book Questions
Maintaining Minute Books and Solving Minute Book Problems
The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario
2017
Building Essential Negotiating and Drafting Skills Shareholder Agreements (annually since 2014)
OBA Commercial Agreements Bootcamp
2016
Raising Capital and Planning an Exit Strategy
Panel Breakfast
2016
Fundamentals of Unanimous Shareholder Agreements
McMillan LLP
2012
Doing Private Equity Deals in 2012 – Identifying and Resolving Top Legal Issues
NYBA/OBA Legal Summit
2011
Acting for Start-Up Business
Speaker at presentation on unanimous shareholder agreements, CBA Skilled Lawyers Series
October 2007
At the Heart of Contract Law
Presentation on indemnification issues, OBA Institute