Harold Chataway is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, having practised within the Financial Institutions & Services and Business Law groups since joining the firm in January 2000.
Harold currently concentrates his practice in the areas of senior and subordinated debt finance, private and public equity finance and mergers and acquisitions, in both a domestic and cross-border context. He acts for several of Canada’s schedule 1 banks and a number of other Canadian and American financial institutions and funds.
In addition, Harold acts for a variety of corporate clients in different industries on debt, equity, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate related work. Harold has a wide range of experience negotiating often complex creditor and equityholder arrangements. He also has considerable experience in financial restructurings (including the often complex intercreditor negotiations) which arise and involve his debtor or creditor clients from time to time.
From April 1993 to January 2000, Harold was a managing director at the wholesale banking arm of one of Canada's leading financial institutions, where he provided loans, arranged capital markets financing and provided mergers and acquisitions financing and advice. From his Call to the Bar in 1986 through to April 1993, Harold worked in various investment and corporate banking roles at another of Canada's leading banks and a large American investment dealer.
Harold has served on a variety of corporate and community boards. He was chairman of the board of Excel-Tech Ltd. for over 5 years, until Excel-Tech went public on the TSX in early 2006, at which time he became corporate secretary until November 2007 when Excel-Tech was acquired by U.S.-based Natus Medical. For 10 years, Harold was a board member and corporate secretary of Consumer Impact Marketing Ltd. until it was acquired by US-based Mosaic Group in early 2015. Harold has also recently served on the board of a small capital pool corporation, is a past boardmember and chair of the fundraising committee for the Lakeshore Area Multi-Services Project (LAMP), is a past board member, president and treasurer of his local community association (LPEA), and is a past board member of the Stratford Express organizing committee. For several years, he was co-chair of the Toronto United Way fundraising committee at Gowling WLG.