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 practises 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 pharmaceutical, health care, retail, financial and other service industries, automotive, insurance, film and computer software.

Representative Matters

  • Alignvest Capital Management, represented Alignvest in the structuring and establishment of its fund (2011) - provide regular corporate advice
  • Competitive Foods Canada, represented Competitive Foods in acquired shares of SIR Corp. (owner of Jack Astor's and Alice Fazooli's) (2015)
  • Connell Limited Partnership, represented Connell in the acquisition of the assets of AWC Manufacturing Inc. (2015)
  • Catterton, represented Catterton Growth Fund on its investment in Cover FX (2011) and on its acquisition of Naya Waters (2009) 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 (2015) and representation of Skyway in refinancing
  • Abacus Private Equity, provide regular corporate advice and represented Abacus in closing multiple transactions since 2005
  • Gentherm, a thermal technology company, which develops and manufactures heating, cooling and ventilating devices for global markets - represented Gentherm in purchase of shares in Global Thermoelectric (2014)
  • Titan Outdoor, an outdoor media company - represented Titan in the sale of its Canadian business (2013)
  • 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, Voith supplies essential markets: energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive - provide regular corporate advice
  • Calea, provide regular corporate advice to Calea, the Canadian subsidiary of Fresenius Kabi, a German public company in the medical and drug therapy business
  • Mercedes-Benz, provide regular corporate advice to the Canadian subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, with respect to retail and distribution of vehicles
  • 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 Ventures, an alternative asset manager and real estate private equity fund focused on the Southwestern United States - provide regular partnership and corporate advice
  • Lone Star, a Canadian based restaurant chain, provide regular corporate advice
  • Huron Capital Partners, provide regular corporate advice to its Canadian portfolio companies
  • Picton Mahoney Asset Management, provide regular commercial and partnership advice

Presentations

Responsive Q and A Panel: We Take on Your Minute Book Questions
Raising Capital and Planning an Exit Strategy
Building Essential Negotiating and Drafting Skills Shareholder Agreements (2014 & 2015)
Doing Private Equity Deals in 2012 – Identifying and Resolving Top Legal Issues

Publications

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)

News

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

Industries

consortia
investments
venture capital

Directorships and Professional Associations

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

Awards & Rankings

  • 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 practises 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 pharmaceutical, health care, retail, financial and other service industries, automotive, insurance, film and computer software.

  • Alignvest Capital Management, represented Alignvest in the structuring and establishment of its fund (2011) - provide regular corporate advice
  • Competitive Foods Canada, represented Competitive Foods in acquired shares of SIR Corp. (owner of Jack Astor's and Alice Fazooli's) (2015)
  • Connell Limited Partnership, represented Connell in the acquisition of the assets of AWC Manufacturing Inc. (2015)
  • Catterton, represented Catterton Growth Fund on its investment in Cover FX (2011) and on its acquisition of Naya Waters (2009) 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 (2015) and representation of Skyway in refinancing
  • Abacus Private Equity, provide regular corporate advice and represented Abacus in closing multiple transactions since 2005
  • Gentherm, a thermal technology company, which develops and manufactures heating, cooling and ventilating devices for global markets - represented Gentherm in purchase of shares in Global Thermoelectric (2014)
  • Titan Outdoor, an outdoor media company - represented Titan in the sale of its Canadian business (2013)
  • 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, Voith supplies essential markets: energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive - provide regular corporate advice
  • Calea, provide regular corporate advice to Calea, the Canadian subsidiary of Fresenius Kabi, a German public company in the medical and drug therapy business
  • Mercedes-Benz, provide regular corporate advice to the Canadian subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, with respect to retail and distribution of vehicles
  • 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 Ventures, an alternative asset manager and real estate private equity fund focused on the Southwestern United States - provide regular partnership and corporate advice
  • Lone Star, a Canadian based restaurant chain, provide regular corporate advice
  • Huron Capital Partners, provide regular corporate advice to its Canadian portfolio companies
  • Picton Mahoney Asset Management, provide regular commercial and partnership advice
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)
January 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
2016
Raising Capital and Planning an Exit Strategy
Panel Breakfast
2015
Building Essential Negotiating and Drafting Skills Shareholder Agreements (2014 & 2015)
OBA Commercial Agreements Bootcamp
2012
Doing Private Equity Deals in 2012 – Identifying and Resolving Top Legal Issues
NYBA/OBA Legal Summit