Alex Bruvels 

Alex Bruvels

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

t: 416.865.7941
e: alex.bruvels@mcmillan.ca

overview

Alex is a senior associate in the Capital Markets and M&A Group in the firm’s Toronto office. His practice is focused on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.

As part of his securities and corporate finance practice, Alex advises private and public clients in connection with venture capital financings, initial public offerings, private placements, public equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange listings, corporate governance, securities regulatory matters, contested shareholder meetings, and general corporate and securities law matters.

Alex also has experience in the structuring, offering and sale of domestic and foreign domiciled investment funds. He has additional experience in dealer and advisor registration and compliance matters.

Alex regularly acts for clients in the following industries: cannabis, real estate investment trusts, resources and energy, technology, healthcare, as well as investment funds.  

He serves as Corporate Secretary of a public company and has been a guest lecturer at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in the area of mergers and acquisitions. 

Representative Matters

Cannabis

  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd., a Colombian based cannabis producer in its bought deal offering of common shares qualified under a short form prospectus for gross proceeds of $4.6M.
  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd. in its brokered private placement of special warrants for gross proceeds of $8M with the underlying securities qualified under a short form prospectus. 
  • Acted for investor in its purchase of first tranche of US$100M of unsecured convertible debentures of Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE).
  • Acted for Natura Naturals Holdings Inc., the parent company of a licensed cannabis cultivator in its acquisition by Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ) with a transaction value of $70M.
  • Acted for iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (CSE), in its acquisition of MPX Bioceutical Corporation (CSE) with a transaction value of $835M. 
  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd., in its reserve take-over of AAJ Capital 1 Corp., public listing on the TSXV and completion of private placements of approximately $40M.

Real Estate

  • Acted for the selling shareholders in respect of a secondary prospectus offering of common shares of First National Financial Corporation (TSX) on a bought deal basis for gross proceeds of $53.4M.
  • Acted for Morguard Investments Limited with respect to corporate reorganizations.
  • Acted for Alignvest Capital Management with respect to structuring and capital raising.

Healthcare

  • Acted for Yorkville Asset Management Inc. as the lead investor in a private placement of common shares and convertible debentures of Centric Health Corporation (TSX) for proceeds of $35.2M.
  • Acted for 1315 Capital in its investment on a bought deal private placement concurrent with a bought deal public offering of common shares of Greenbrook TMS Inc. (TSX) for gross proceeds of $30.5M.
  • Acted for Resverlogix Corp. (TSX), a late-stage clinical biotechnology company in its offering of units for gross proceeds of $10M by way of overnight marketed prospectus and concurrent private placement.

Resources and Energy

  • Acted for Treasury Metals Inc. (TSX) is its acquisition of all of the shares of Tamaka Gold Corporation, the owner of the Goldlund Gold Project from First Mining Gold Corp. (TSX) and concurrent bought deal private placement of subscription receipts for gross proceeds of $11.52M with the underlying securities qualified under a short form prospectus.
  • Acted for Treasury Metals Inc. (TSX) for multiple private placements including on bought deal and flow through basis. 
  • Acted for AltaLink, L.P. with respect to its offering of $450M of medium term secured notes under a pricing supplement to a short form base shelf prospectus.
  • Acted for PetroNova Inc. (TSXV) in connection with Petroamerica Oil Corp.’s (TSXV) acquisition of all of PetroNova’s common shares by way of a statutory plan of arrangement, with a transaction value of $29M.

Technology

  • Acted for a syndicate of dealers in connection with the $8.3M bought deal offering of units of Hut 8 Mining Corp. (TSX), a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company.
  • Acted for a syndicate of dealers with respect to the reverse take-over by Hut 8 Mining Corp. of Oriana Resources Corporation, public listing on the TSXV, and completion of private placements of approximately $70M.
  • Acted for a Canadian software company in its acquisition by a United States private equity firm with a transaction value of $85M.

Investment Funds and Registrants

  • Acted for Picton Mahoney Asset Management with respect to structuring matters for hedge funds.
  • Acted for domestic and offshore investment funds and dealers with respect to structuring and offering of hedge fund as well as Canadian registration matters and securities commission regulatory audits.

Publications

Raising Capital in Mining? Practical Considerations for Private Placements
Disclose This - The Offering Memorandum Exemption Gets a Revamp - CSA Propose Additional Requirements with a focus on Real Estate Issuers and Collective Investment Vehicles
Thinking About Real Estate in Canada? Practical Considerations for Structuring a Private REIT
Liquid Alternatives Now a Reality
Alternative Mutual Funds Regime Scheduled to Come Into Force January 3, 2019
CSA Reinforces Position that Securities Laws Apply to Cryptocurrency Offerings, Confirms Regulatory Scrutiny for Industry Participants
CSA Releases Client-Focused Reforms to NI 31-103 in Response to Client-Registrant Relationship Concerns
CSA Considers Reforms to the Syndicated Mortgage Regime and Seeks Input from Industry Participants
Amending the Canada Business Corporations Act - Bill C-25 Receives Royal Assent
McMillan Client Alert - The CSA Release A New and Improved Suppression of Terrorism Report
McMillan Client Alert - For Registered Dealers, Advisors and Firms Relying on International Dealer or International Advisor Exemption
Key Corporate Governance and Disclosure Developments in 2017
CSA Consider Reforms to Determining Director and Audit Committee Member Independence

Education

  • Dalhousie University, J.D. with Business Specialization Certificate - 2014
  • China University of Political Science and Law, Exchange - 2013
  • Dalhousie University, BA, Double Major, Political Science/International Development Studies - 2010

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Alberta bar - 2015
  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2017

Practices

capital markets
investment funds and asset management
mergers and acquisitions
technology
corporate governance
business law

Industries

private equity funds
cannabis practice group
energy
mining

Community Involvement

  • Hong Kong Canada Business Association
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Alex is a senior associate in the Capital Markets and M&A Group in the firm’s Toronto office. His practice is focused on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.

As part of his securities and corporate finance practice, Alex advises private and public clients in connection with venture capital financings, initial public offerings, private placements, public equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange listings, corporate governance, securities regulatory matters, contested shareholder meetings, and general corporate and securities law matters.

Alex also has experience in the structuring, offering and sale of domestic and foreign domiciled investment funds. He has additional experience in dealer and advisor registration and compliance matters.

Alex regularly acts for clients in the following industries: cannabis, real estate investment trusts, resources and energy, technology, healthcare, as well as investment funds.  

He serves as Corporate Secretary of a public company and has been a guest lecturer at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in the area of mergers and acquisitions. 

Cannabis

  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd., a Colombian based cannabis producer in its bought deal offering of common shares qualified under a short form prospectus for gross proceeds of $4.6M.
  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd. in its brokered private placement of special warrants for gross proceeds of $8M with the underlying securities qualified under a short form prospectus. 
  • Acted for investor in its purchase of first tranche of US$100M of unsecured convertible debentures of Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE).
  • Acted for Natura Naturals Holdings Inc., the parent company of a licensed cannabis cultivator in its acquisition by Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ) with a transaction value of $70M.
  • Acted for iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (CSE), in its acquisition of MPX Bioceutical Corporation (CSE) with a transaction value of $835M. 
  • Acted for PharmaCielo Ltd., in its reserve take-over of AAJ Capital 1 Corp., public listing on the TSXV and completion of private placements of approximately $40M.

Real Estate

  • Acted for the selling shareholders in respect of a secondary prospectus offering of common shares of First National Financial Corporation (TSX) on a bought deal basis for gross proceeds of $53.4M.
  • Acted for Morguard Investments Limited with respect to corporate reorganizations.
  • Acted for Alignvest Capital Management with respect to structuring and capital raising.

Healthcare

  • Acted for Yorkville Asset Management Inc. as the lead investor in a private placement of common shares and convertible debentures of Centric Health Corporation (TSX) for proceeds of $35.2M.
  • Acted for 1315 Capital in its investment on a bought deal private placement concurrent with a bought deal public offering of common shares of Greenbrook TMS Inc. (TSX) for gross proceeds of $30.5M.
  • Acted for Resverlogix Corp. (TSX), a late-stage clinical biotechnology company in its offering of units for gross proceeds of $10M by way of overnight marketed prospectus and concurrent private placement.

Resources and Energy

  • Acted for Treasury Metals Inc. (TSX) is its acquisition of all of the shares of Tamaka Gold Corporation, the owner of the Goldlund Gold Project from First Mining Gold Corp. (TSX) and concurrent bought deal private placement of subscription receipts for gross proceeds of $11.52M with the underlying securities qualified under a short form prospectus.
  • Acted for Treasury Metals Inc. (TSX) for multiple private placements including on bought deal and flow through basis. 
  • Acted for AltaLink, L.P. with respect to its offering of $450M of medium term secured notes under a pricing supplement to a short form base shelf prospectus.
  • Acted for PetroNova Inc. (TSXV) in connection with Petroamerica Oil Corp.’s (TSXV) acquisition of all of PetroNova’s common shares by way of a statutory plan of arrangement, with a transaction value of $29M.

Technology

  • Acted for a syndicate of dealers in connection with the $8.3M bought deal offering of units of Hut 8 Mining Corp. (TSX), a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company.
  • Acted for a syndicate of dealers with respect to the reverse take-over by Hut 8 Mining Corp. of Oriana Resources Corporation, public listing on the TSXV, and completion of private placements of approximately $70M.
  • Acted for a Canadian software company in its acquisition by a United States private equity firm with a transaction value of $85M.

Investment Funds and Registrants

  • Acted for Picton Mahoney Asset Management with respect to structuring matters for hedge funds.
  • Acted for domestic and offshore investment funds and dealers with respect to structuring and offering of hedge fund as well as Canadian registration matters and securities commission regulatory audits.

May 2018
Amending the Canada Business Corporations Act - Bill C-25 Receives Royal Assent

Business Law and Capital Markets Bulletin

December 2017
Key Corporate Governance and Disclosure Developments in 2017

Capital Markets Bulletin