Brian W. Chu - Bogart Robertson & Chu LLP

Brian W. Chu

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 416-601-1991

Brian W. Chu Brian is a founding partner of the commercial real estate boutique Toronto law firm of Bogart Robertson & Chu with a practise emphasis in the areas of commercial real estate, secured financings and institutional investments. His practice includes acting for a number of large institutional insurance and bank lenders as well as mid-tier lenders such as mortgage funds and investment advisors.  He also has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition and financing of all real estate asset classes, including retirement and nursing homes. Brian graduated from U of T Law in 1983 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.  He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of real estate law since 2006 and is profiled in the U of T Press Canadian Who’s Who.  In his spare time Brian is a director of Toronto Hydro Corporation and chairs its Audit Committee.  

University of TorontoLL.B 1983
Toronto Hydro CorporationOntario Science Centre

Client Comments

"When I think of contacts who are focused on meeting our needs, I always think of Brian. My contact with Brian is always positive. His knowledge, patience, and responsiveness are just a few of the things that make Brian indispensable to Chartwell. His knowledge of our company, our business, our transactions, and our people is tremendous. Given that I don't have any legal background, I also count on Brian to "teach" me, which he does with much patience. I have learned a great deal from him and whenever I have a question, he has the answer. Brian is a pleasure to deal with professionally and on a friendly level as well."

"He has a strong legal knowledge of "debt products" transactions and good general business awareness. He gets deals closed on time and follows up thoroughly on important matters related to the transaction."

"In my opinion, Brian Chu is a highly astute and very intelligent lawyer. As a client in previous years, Brian has provided to me sound legal counsel in matters relating to real estate and mortgage issues, as well as oil and gas transactions. Brian is pleasant to work with and his ability to understand complex transactions is superb."

-Douglas Robertson
Vice President
Polaris Realty (Canada) Limited

"Brian Chu consistently displays exceptional attention to detail, creativity, and problem solving. His contribution, however, extends beyond his much valued expertise on technical legal aspects. He conducts himself with absolute integrity, is dedicated, generous with his time and expertise, and is constant in his support of Column's commercial objectives. Brian goes the extra distance to ensure a smooth completion of each transaction, which reflects in our company's success in the market."

-Rosemary Benson
Senior Loan Administrator
Column Canada Financial Corp.

"First of all, Brian is an intelligent and honest individual with high standards. Secondly, he is a good listener who provides a clear and accurate synopsis of the facts. Thirdly, he is extremely smart with the ability to get to the core issues quickly in order to reach well-founded conclusions. Finally, and most importantly, Brian knows Real Estate Law!"

-Mike Robinson
Regional Director
Manulife Financial

"Brian Chu of Bogart, Robertson and Chu has been my real estate lawyer for many years and even did my first transaction in seniors housing in 1992. Since then, Brian has worked with us in growing our portfolio including our 2003 IPO, six bought deals, and countless acquisitions. Through our rapid growth and demanding timelines, Brian has proven to be a take-charge kind of lawyer, who truly understands the importance of great client service."

-Stephen Suske
Vice Chair and Co-CEO
Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT

"Brian Chu is an excellent commercial real property lawyer and a pleasure to work with. Brian has completed and been instrumental in many of our transactions. Brian has a great sense of timeliness to get the transaction together even under tight timeframes. Brian offers practical advice and guidance in the context of our lending program of commercial mortgage securitization. Brian, when needed, creates a timely custom fit whilst considering the greater ramifications to the Canadian commercial mortgage securitization."

-Stefan Simonyi
Vice President
Column Canada Financial Corp.

"Brian Chu is a very capable real estate lawyer - responsive, efficient, and effective. His extensive experience and sound judgment inspire client confidence in his work, which I'm very pleased to say is well deserved."

-Lenore Richards
Executive Director
Beal Institute For Strategic Creativity

"I have had the pleasure of working with Brian Chu for several years and have always found him to be most helpful and professional in all of our dealings. He is very adept in dealing with difficult issues relating to commercial real estate in a timely and concise manner. His practice also emphasizes secured lending, acquisitions, and dispositions of assets. I would recommend Brian Chu to others in the commercial lending sector."

-Anne Devlin
Senior Manager Funding & Product Administration
CIBC Mortgages Inc.

"Brian is one of the premier commercial real estate lawyers in Canada. His knowledge of real estate/corporate law is exemplary and his ability to create solutions to structuring issues has been very helpful to his many well-known institutional, pension funds, REIT, private, and charitable clients. We've really appreciated the care with which Brian has shown us over the years and the very cost-efficient manner in which he operates. Brian is well-respected by other counsel. I would highly recommend Brian and his partners to anyone seeking top-notch real estate and corporate-oriented legal expertise."

-Michael McMillan
The Redds Group

"I have known Brian Chu for a considerable number of years, and respect him highly as a lawyer and also as a human being. Brian has taken his excellent knowledge of the law and managed to combine that with a sound business sense, which is unusual, but probably why he is held is such high esteem. His timely response to a client's needs is of great importance, especially in the real estate field where he is so well known and respected. He is a very effective communicator."

-Rory Roberts
Chairman & CEO
In Tech Risk Management Inc.

"Brian Chu is a highly experienced real estate lawyer who has facilitated a significant number of commercial mortgage loan closings for our firm. He continually demonstrates a deep knowledge of real estate law and is an integral component of each transaction we engage him on. He provides timely and personable service in a cost-efficient manner. Brian came highly recommended to our firm a number of years ago and I would not hesitate to do the same. "

-Chad Mallow
Vice President
ACM Advisors Ltd.

"Brian has been the lawyer for my companies and my wife and me since 1986. He and his firm serviced my father-in-law, both in business and his personal life, for many decades until my father-in-law's passing in 2006. My wife and I regard Brian as an invaluable counsel and a friend. He and his firm are easy to deal with and we know we could not be in better hands when it comes to looking after our interests. Brian has exhibited a broad knowledge in law and he is backed by a firm that covers all the bases. He and his staff take every issue very seriously and keep us up to date as soon as possible. He has been very effective in negotiating on my behalf. He is great at explaining the legal issues and laying out all possible alternatives. I would not consider anyone but Brian or his partners to handle my legal concerns. "

-David Sternthal
In Visible Media Inc.

Office Location

20 Adelaide Street East, Suite 303
Toronto, ON M5C 2T6

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law