“She’s very responsive and client service focused. She is thoughtful and thorough.”
Client – Chambers Global 2015
Brooke partners with her clients to provide comprehensive solutions to complex matters. Clients appreciate her creative and practical approach.
Brooke has significant expertise in fund formation and acts for sponsors of and investors in private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and debt funds. Established and startup funds turn to Brooke for practical advice for, and efficient execution of, their investments, fundraising activities, secondary transactions, compensation and governance arrangements, and restructurings.
Brooke regularly advises clients on acquisitions and dispositions of private companies, including transactions that involve a significant structuring component to achieve specific tax or commercial objectives. She also regularly provides practical advice and guidance regarding public offerings of complex structured products.
Brooke is on the board of directors of Shakespearience Performing Arts.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Acting for Business Development Bank of Canada in connection with the Government of Canada's Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative, which involves the formation of certain venture capital fund-of-funds. Teralys Capital Innovation Fund, Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund II and Kensington Venture Fund II, three of the five venture capital fund-of-funds established under the VCCI program, had their initial closings in 2018.
Canadian Business Growth Fund
Acted for Canadian Business Growth Fund in its investment in Lift Auto Group, a British Columbia-based company and a consolidator of automotive collision repair centres. This is the first investment by the Canadian Business Growth Fund since its inception.
Canadian Business Growth Fund
Acted as lead counsel to Canadian Business Growth Fund on the launch of its fund to drive expansion and growth of mid-market Canadian businesses.
Royal Bank of Canada
Acted for Royal Bank of Canada in the establishment of its $7-billion senior note program in 2018, and ongoing representation of Royal Bank of Canada in takedowns of structured products under its senior note program.
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Acted as Canadian counsel to Apollo Global Management, LLC in its $305-million acquisition of the Qdoba restaurant franchise from Jack in the Box Inc.
Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.
Ironbridge Equity Partners
Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition and related financing of Avena Foods Limited, a leading supplier of gluten-free oats to the North American market.
Acted for 500 Startups in the formation of its first Canadian venture capital seed fund.
Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
Acted for Sprott Resource Lending Corp. in connection with the formation of Sprott Private Resource Lending, LP., a private credit fund focused on lending to resource companies.
InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.
Acted for InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. in connection with the formation of InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund with total equity capital commitments of $740 million.
Law Society of Ontario, The Annotated Shareholder Agreement 2018, “Key Provisions for Private Equity Investors”; Toronto, ON
Sept. 24, 2018
AIMA, Navigating Private Placement Regimes Around the World 2017 conference; London, UK
May 16, 2017
New Franchises Act in British Columbia: A Little Less Certainty, A Little More Regulation for Franchisors
Oct. 14, 2015 - On October 5, 2015, the British Columbia government introduced a draft Franchises Act (BC Act). The BC Act would apply to franchise agreements relating to franchises that are operated wholly or partly in British Columbia. Following the lead of jurisdictions such as Ontario, Alberta,...
OSC Provides New Guidance on Disclosure Regarding REIT Distributions
Jan. 27, 2015 - The Ontario Securities Commission has conducted a review of the disclosure of selected Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and on January 26, 2015 published OSC Staff Notice 51-724 – Report on Staff’s Review of REIT Distributions Disclosure. The Notice identifies four areas in which the...
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Private Equity: Fund Formation
IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Private Equity
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Private Equity
PLC Which Lawyer?—Private Equity: Fund Formation