Brian W. Chu || Partner

Brian W. Chu

Brian has been repeatedly named one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of real estate law since 2006 as a result of his expertise in commercial real estate. Brian has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition and financing of all real estate asset classes, including retirement and nursing homes. Brian is also active as a board member in several charitable and not-for-profit organizations and is profiled in the Canadian Who’s Who guide published by University of Toronto Press.  Amongst his other pursuits, Brian is a vice-chair and director of Toronto Hydro Corporation and chairs its Human Resources and Environment Committee.

Education and Year of Call

  • Called to the Ontario Bar – 1985
  • University of Toronto, JD – 1983



  • Toronto Hydro Corporation – Vice-Chair, Director, Chair of Human Resource and Environmental Committee
  • Technical Standards and Safety Authority – Director


  • Toronto Hydro Corporation – Chair of Audit Committee
  • Ontario Science Centre – Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Laidlaw Foundation – President
  • Ontario College of Art and Design – Chair of Board of Directors

Representative Transactions

  • Acted for municipal real estate and development corporation in structuring and implementing a long-term partnership with a large residential condominium builder for the development of a condominium tower in excess of 70 storeys.
  • Acted for the lender in a loan financing of $205 million secured against a major office tower in the lower Toronto financial district.
  • Acted for a seniors housing REIT in a portfolio acquisition consisting of eight nursing homes and six management contracts with an asset value of $280 million and a share value of $81 million.
  • In conjunction with a $200 million plus IPO of a seniors housing REIT, the acquisition of 22 nursing and retirement homes in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec closing simultaneously on the morning of the IPO.

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