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Bruce Chapple photo
Bruce Chapple photo

 

Bruce Chapple is a business lawyer with a dynamic practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and complex commercial transactions. He draws on extensive industry-specific knowledge in sectors ranging from manufacturing to asset management.

With a broad scope of experience, Bruce advises on acquisitions and divestitures in the Canadian market, as well as Canadian issues associated with international transactions. He also provides counsel on joint ventures and limited partnerships. His clients include public and private corporations, subsidiaries of international corporations, private equity funds and investment vehicles, including for real estate transactions.

Bruce is known for delivering practical solutions and getting deals done. He is consistently recognized for his expertise in finance, technology, M&A, corporate mid-market and private equity in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and was recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada as leading lawyer in Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity. Bruce is a leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Group.

Active in the community, Bruce is a director at Alpine Canada. He led the firm’s Leadership United Way campaign for many years and is past chair of the board of governors at Royal St. George’s College.

Bruce has been active in the management of McMillan over the years, including serving terms as a member and chair of its allocation committee, as a member of its professional services committee, as Chief Financial Partner and Chief Firm (Integration) Partner.

 



Representative Matters

  • Kilmer Group, provided regular advice relating to transactions and structuring including the disposition of Quickload CEF, a customs examination facility in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • Battery Ventures, represented its portfolio company Skalar in the acquisition of PromoChrom
  • Bosch, acted as Canadian counsel on Bosch’s acquisition of Paladin Technologies, a security, life safety and integration business
  • Alignvest Student Housing REIT, acted on the formation of the REIT as well as provided regular structuring advice and acting on acquisitions
  • Voith, provide regular strategic and corporate advice, 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, provide regular corporate advice, Olin is a leading North American manufacturer of chlorine, caustic ClV soda, industrial bleach, hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide, hydrogen and related products – provide regular corporate advice
  • MRG Group, provide regular strategic and corporate advice in respect of its various business lines
  • Great Point Capital, acted as Canadian counsel in connection with an investment in Axiom Real-Time Metrics and provided ongoing corporate advice
  • 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
  • Allianz Life, represented Allianz on a Series A investment in Micruity
  • 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 transactional advice including on the team for its acquisition of EECOL Electric Corp.
  • Messer Canada Inc., provide regular corporate advice
  • 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 its original acquisition of and ultimate sale of Anchor Lamina
  • NYX Capital, acted on the investment by a new investor in various NYX storage facilities
  • Parallax Development Corp. (formerly, Nico Puff Corporation), represented Nico Puff with Plan of Arrangement
  • 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
  • Hillcore 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
  • 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

 


Speaking Engagements

Preparing for a Corporate Sale or M&A Transaction webinar, brought to you by BDO, McMillan, and Novacap

2020

Financial Literacy (3 Parts), McMillan training

2020

Building Essential Negotiating and Drafting Skills Shareholder Agreements (annually from 2014-2019) OBA Commercial Agreements Bootcamp

2014-2019

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Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2024 Lexpert Special Edition on Technology and Health Sciences Guide as a Leading Technology Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Lexpert Special Edition on Finance and M&A as one of Canada’s Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2024 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity
  • Recognized in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the area of Corporate Commercial Law and a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023 and 2024) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity
  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the area of Corporate Commercial
  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Mid-Market and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market

Community Involvement

  • Past Member of United Way Greater Toronto


Directorships & Affiliations

  • Director of Alpine Canada Alpin, which governs Canada’s national ski team
  • Previously a Director and Chair of the Board of Governors of Royal St. George’s College

Education & Admissions

1997
Called to the Ontario bar
1995
LLB University of Toronto
1991
B.Sc., Economics (cum laude) - A broad-based business curriculum including international businessWharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Publications

Insights (9 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

AI Data Centre Development in Alberta

AI is on the rise and data centres are needed. Alberta provides unique opportunities to develop AI data centres and McMillan has the expertise to get it done.

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Jul 24, 2024
Featured Insight

Raising Money with the Offering Memorandum Prospectus Exemption: CSA Adopts Additional Requirements with a Focus on Real Estate Issuers and Collective Investment Vehicles

The CSA recently announced the adoption of amendments to the offering memorandum exemption in National Instrument 45-106 and the Companion Policy to NI 45-106.

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Jan 9, 2023
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Disclose This – The Offering Memorandum Exemption Gets a Revamp – CSA Propose Additional Requirements with a focus on Real Estate Issuers and Collective Investment Vehicles

Proposed amendments to the OM Exemption may have major impacts on issuers engaged in real estate activities or considered collective investment vehicles

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Oct 14, 2020
Featured Insight

Thinking About Real Estate in Canada? Practical Considerations for Structuring a Private REIT

Thinking About Real Estate in Canada? Practical Considerations for Structuring a Private REIT

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Jul 30, 2020
Featured Insight

Getting the Deal Through (Canada Chapter) – Private Equity 2019 – Fund Formation

A limited partnership is typically used for private equity funds in Canada.

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May 2, 2019
Featured Insight

And then there were none; Ontario has repealed the Bulk Sales Act

And then there were none; Ontario has repealed the Bulk Sales Act

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Mar 27, 2017
Featured Insight

Business Law Advisory Council Releases Fall 2016 Report

Business Law Advisory Council Releases Fall 2016 Report

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Dec 7, 2016
Featured Insight

Raising Capital and Planning an IPO in Healthcare and Life Sciences

For organizations considering, preparing for, or undergoing a major transaction – be it an IPO, sale or a milestone event – building a strategy to stay ahead can be a challenge.

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May 31, 2016 - 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Featured Insight

Limited Partnerships: When to Head to Manitoba and When to Stay at Home?

Limited Partnerships: When to Head to Manitoba and When to Stay at Home?

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Mar 12, 2015

Deals & Cases (8 Posts)

Featured Insight

CCAA Proceedings of Green Growth Brands Inc.

McMillan acted for All Js Greenspace LLC (“All Js”) in its capacity as the DIP Lender and stalking-horse bidder in Green Growth Brands Inc.’s (“GGB”) proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”).

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May 1, 2020
Featured Insight

Voith GmbH sells Voith industrial services division to private equity firm Triton

Voith GmbH sells Voith industrial services division to private equity firm Triton

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Aug 31, 2016
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Jiffy raises over $1 million for Chicago expansion

Jiffy raises over $1 million for Chicago expansion

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Aug 3, 2016
Featured Insight

Hampton Securities completes RTO and TSXV Listing

Hampton Securities completes RTO and TSXV Listing

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Jul 29, 2016
Featured Insight

Jiffy Inc. completes financing

Jiffy Inc. completes financing

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Sep 22, 2015
Featured Insight

Skyway acquires Canadian scaffolding services business of PERI GmbH

Skyway acquires Canadian scaffolding services business of PERI GmbH

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Aug 31, 2015
Featured Insight

Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. completes sale of two dealerships

Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. completes sale of two dealerships

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Aug 1, 2015

G3 Global Grain Group buys majority stake in G3 Canada Limited (formerly The Canadian Wheat Board)

G3 Global Grain Group buys majority stake in G3 Canada Limited (formerly The Canadian Wheat Board)

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Jul 30, 2015