Brett Stewart 

Co-Chair, Private Equity
Toronto  t: 416.865.7115  |  e: brett.stewart@mcmillan.ca

Brett Stewart

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

t: 416.865.7115
e: brett.stewart@mcmillan.ca

overview

Brett is a partner in the firm's Corporate and Commercial Law Group and the Co-Chair of McMillan’s Private Equity Group. Her practice focuses on assisting domestic and foreign clients with negotiated transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity financings, asset and share sales, corporate reorganizations, private placements, venture capital financings and management buyouts. In addition, Brett regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and day-to-day corporate and commercial matters including the review and preparation of complex agreements. She has represented clients in a number of sectors including agri-food, clean tech, engineering, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing, transportation and gaming.

Brett is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Women in Private Equity, a member of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is on the leadership committee of the American Bar Association's Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Brett was recognized by Lexpert Magazine as a Rising Star/Leading Lawyer in Canada under 40 years of age and as a Corporate Lawyer to watch in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.

Brett acted as an adjunct professor for Osgoode Hall Law School teaching Business Associations.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as counsel to a private equity fund in completion of a long-term investment
  • Acted as Canadian counsel on a share purchase and leaseback of a real estate portfolio for a net lease REIT for a purchase price if $145M
  • Acted for large engineering firm in acquisition and disposition of a series of engineering concerns 
  • Acted as Canadian counsel for a U.S. private equity fund in the acquisition of a publicly traded U.S. company with a Canadian subsidiary for a purchase price of approximately $525 million 
  • Acted for Canadian generic drug manufacturer in series of acquisitions of Canadian wholesale drug distributors 
  • Acted as counsel to Regimen Equity Partners in completion of equity investment in a Montreal manufacturer.
  • Acted for US private equity fund in series of Canadian based acquisition transactions 
  • Represented closely-held, family-owned company in a series of food industry transactions
  • Represented the Ontario Emerging Technology Fund in venture capital investments in Investment in B5 Media Inc., Morega Systems Inc. Investment, Shoplogix Inc., Covarity, Peraso Technologies Inc., Verold Inc., and Affinium Pharmaceuticals  
  • Acted as Canadian counsel for a U.S. private equity fund in the acquisition of a business line from a S&P 500 company for a purchase price of $500 million 
  • Advising a real estate investment bank in connection with a series of real estate acquisition transactions 
  • Negotiated critical services agreement with a value in excess of $100 million for Vancouver Olympic Games 
  • Acted for Canadian private equity fund in series of acquisitions of closely held, family-owned manufacturing entities 
  • Acted for international shipping company in acquisition of truck line 
  • Represented regional municipality in consolidation of municipal bus services to regional services 
  • Acted for Canadian/US closely-held shipping concern in the disposition of its assets 
  • Worked on corporate team representing Brookfield on corporate matters relative to Brookfield's intraconsortium documents for the acquisition of O&Y REIT, involving real estate assets valued in excess of $2.1 billion 

Presentations

CVCA Insights

Publications

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Equity - 3rd edition, Canadian Contributor
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Equity - 2nd edition, Canadian Contributor

News

McMillan Partner Brett Stewart is proud to help launch Inaugural CWPE Mentorship Program
McMillan lawyers ranked in the 2018 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
McMillan Lawyers Contributed to Six Practice Areas in the International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG)
Leading internally-managed net lease REIT announces $145 Million agreement for sale-leaseback of 15 properties
McMillan lawyers ranked in the 2017 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
McMillan contributes Canadian chapter to The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Equity 2016
McMillan lawyers rank well in the 2016 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert names Brett Stewart as one of its 2014 Rising Stars

Education

  • University of Toronto, JD - 2004
  • Queen's University, B.Sc. (Hons.) - 2001

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2005

Practices

business law
private equity
negotiated transactions
acquisitions and divestitures
private m&a
venture capital
business formation
corporate governance

Industries

investments
food, beverage and agribusiness
venture capital
trucking
aerospace and defence
cleantech
transportation

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Women in Private Equity, Executive Committee member
  • Canadian Venture Capital Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Capital Growth

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2018 as a rising star in the areas of Investment Funds and Banking
  • Ranked in Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2015 as a Corporate Lawyer to Watch in the area of Corporate Commercial Law
  • Named one of Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, 2014
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Brett is a partner in the firm's Corporate and Commercial Law Group and the Co-Chair of McMillan’s Private Equity Group. Her practice focuses on assisting domestic and foreign clients with negotiated transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity financings, asset and share sales, corporate reorganizations, private placements, venture capital financings and management buyouts. In addition, Brett regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and day-to-day corporate and commercial matters including the review and preparation of complex agreements. She has represented clients in a number of sectors including agri-food, clean tech, engineering, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing, transportation and gaming.

Brett is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Women in Private Equity, a member of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is on the leadership committee of the American Bar Association's Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Brett was recognized by Lexpert Magazine as a Rising Star/Leading Lawyer in Canada under 40 years of age and as a Corporate Lawyer to watch in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.

Brett acted as an adjunct professor for Osgoode Hall Law School teaching Business Associations.

  • Acted as counsel to a private equity fund in completion of a long-term investment
  • Acted as Canadian counsel on a share purchase and leaseback of a real estate portfolio for a net lease REIT for a purchase price if $145M
  • Acted for large engineering firm in acquisition and disposition of a series of engineering concerns 
  • Acted as Canadian counsel for a U.S. private equity fund in the acquisition of a publicly traded U.S. company with a Canadian subsidiary for a purchase price of approximately $525 million 
  • Acted for Canadian generic drug manufacturer in series of acquisitions of Canadian wholesale drug distributors 
  • Acted as counsel to Regimen Equity Partners in completion of equity investment in a Montreal manufacturer.
  • Acted for US private equity fund in series of Canadian based acquisition transactions 
  • Represented closely-held, family-owned company in a series of food industry transactions
  • Represented the Ontario Emerging Technology Fund in venture capital investments in Investment in B5 Media Inc., Morega Systems Inc. Investment, Shoplogix Inc., Covarity, Peraso Technologies Inc., Verold Inc., and Affinium Pharmaceuticals  
  • Acted as Canadian counsel for a U.S. private equity fund in the acquisition of a business line from a S&P 500 company for a purchase price of $500 million 
  • Advising a real estate investment bank in connection with a series of real estate acquisition transactions 
  • Negotiated critical services agreement with a value in excess of $100 million for Vancouver Olympic Games 
  • Acted for Canadian private equity fund in series of acquisitions of closely held, family-owned manufacturing entities 
  • Acted for international shipping company in acquisition of truck line 
  • Represented regional municipality in consolidation of municipal bus services to regional services 
  • Acted for Canadian/US closely-held shipping concern in the disposition of its assets 
  • Worked on corporate team representing Brookfield on corporate matters relative to Brookfield's intraconsortium documents for the acquisition of O&Y REIT, involving real estate assets valued in excess of $2.1 billion 
2017
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Equity - 3rd edition, Canadian Contributor
2016
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Equity - 2nd edition, Canadian Contributor
September 2015
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