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Goodmans LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Jay Carfagnini and Robert Chadwick
-11 partners
-4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded Toronto-based firm recognised for its leading expertise in the restructuring and insolvency space across Canada. Represents an impressive range of commercial clients, with notable experience advising bondholders and acting on large international insolvencies. Houses a distinguished bench of practitioners who offer deep and broad expertise to both debtors and creditors, as well as notable skill advising on matters arising within regulated industries, including telecoms, energy and resources. 2017 saw the firm complete a number of major debtor cases.

Strengths Market sources regard Goodmans as having "the leading restructuring and insolvency practice in the country."

Clients are quick to highlight the department's "huge depth of expertise," adding: "We have had nothing but phenomenal work. I couldn't be happier with the team. Their skill in this area is significant, and they can bring a lot of resources to bear on very short notice."

One interviewee enthuses: "Their responsiveness is key, as is their creativity and thoughtfulness at problem solving. They are knowledgeable in our industry and particularly good at relevant parts of the Bankruptcy Act and how to apply it."

Work highlights Advised Golf Town Canada on its acquisition by Fairfax Financial and CI Investments pursuant to its restructuring proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The firm also represented Golf Town's US-based parent company in connection with its application for Chapter 11 protection.

Acted for Postmedia on the implementation of its court-approved restructuring plan to eliminate CAD307 million in debt.

Significant clients Alvarez & Marsal, FTI Consulting, Millar Western Forest Products, Ad Hoc Committee of Lightstream Resources Noteholders.

Notable practitioners

Jay Carfagnini is a top lawyer who is widely viewed as one of the deans of the bankruptcy Bar. Clients say: "He keeps a watchful eye on files pertaining to our organisation." His legacy includes a prominent role acting for Ernst & Young as the CCAA monitor in the restructuring of Nortel.

Robert Chadwick played an integral part in the restructurings of Golf Town, Sherritt International and Rubicon Minerals. Clients say: "He's very practical and gives straightforward advice. He's a man who uses fewer words than other lawyers but is the kind of person you really want to hear from because he doesn't try to occupy the space. You know when you hear from him that you should listen to every word."

Brendan O'Neill is recognised for his increasing influence within the group; his peers "have a lot of time and respect for him." O'Neill acted for the ad hoc committee of noteholders of Pacific Exploration in connection with the completion of the company's restructuring transaction.

Joseph Latham is held in high regard for his experience of Canadian commercial restructuring transactions involving parallel proceedings in the USA. He is also recognised for his experience of creditors' rights matters.

Joseph Pasquariello is praised for his technical skills in the area of commercial bankruptcy. He advises on high-profile transactions, as well as related litigation.

Gale Rubenstein is regarded by interviewees as a "sage adviser on files" who has "unbelievable patience." She is particularly highly regarded for her expertise in relation to the pensions issues in large insolvencies.

Brian Empey is a "very precise, technical person" who is recognised for his knowledge of the Bankruptcy Act as it applies within regulated industries.

Melaney Wagner is recognised by her peers for her involvement in high-profile matters. She acted for Golf Town on its CCAA proceedings as well as for Alvarez & Marsal as the monitor of Target. Sources say: "She is really distinguishing herself."

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Bennett Jones LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Richard Orzy and Christopher Simard
-10 partners
-10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extremely well positioned to advise on large insolvency matters in the oil and gas and mining sectors. Notable strength in bondholder work, as well as advising debtors, court officers and international investors. Acknowledged for its aptitude for cross-border matters involving US Chapter 11 proceedings. The firm's industry expertise also covers the real estate, financial services and not-for-profit sectors. It stands out for its bench strength in both Calgary and Toronto.

Strengths Market sources say: "Their work is always exceptional - they do a great job and they understand the big picture really well."

One client enthuses: "The key for me was not just their knowledge of the law but their ability to work with us and help us to develop strategies that we employed together in our discussions and negotiations."

Work highlights Represented the plan sponsors in connection with Tervita's CAD3.6 billion debt recapitalisation transaction.

Continues to act for the court-appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Stelco.

Significant clients Quicksilver Resources, KSV Kofman, Ernst & Young.

Notable practitioners

Richard Orzy is widely acknowledged as a dominant force in Toronto, where he often features on high-profile restructuring and insolvency files. Recent work highlights include acting for Toronto-based real estate developer Urbancorp and its CEO on its cross-border bankruptcy proceedings involving Canada and Israel. Orzy also advised Canso Investment Counsel as the first lien noteholder in the restructuring of Postmedia.

Kevin Zych is acting for the board of directors of Performance Sports Group in connection with the company's restructuring process. Interviewees say "he does a great job of advising his clients with respect to the technical, practical and commercial issues. From a strategy perspective, he is good at figuring out how to come at it from the most advantageous angle."

Practice group co-head Christopher Simard is regarded as being among the "next generation of leading practitioners" in this field. Notably, he advised Sanjel on the sale of its Canadian and US businesses as part of its CCAA and US Chapter 15 insolvency proceedings. One client said: "He is always the most reasonable guy in the room - he never gets agitated or overwhelmed, is easy to get along with and really responsive."

Raj Sahni acted for SunEdison Canada on its CCAA filing. Clients say he is "very good at detailed legal agreement reviews," while others say he "is able to articulate complex issues in a very clear manner - he has the gift of being able to concisely and practically explain things."

Sean Zweig "is a terrific young lawyer" who often features on the firm's key files. Alongside Kevin Zych, he acted for Wilmington Trust as agent for the lenders in the restructuring of Connacher Oil and Gas.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Pamela Huff
-12 partners
-8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established restructuring and insolvency department with practitioners based in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver. Widely acknowledged for its impressive track record assisting clients from the financial services, mining and natural resources sectors with large CCAA and cross-border Chapter 11 proceedings. Equally well placed to advise lenders, receivers and troubled businesses, the group's recent workload includes a number of files in the oil and gas sector. The department's expertise also features a strong litigation component.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's proactive approach. One client says: "The advice is practical and forward looking in terms of possible consequences and what our options are," adding: "They're very up to date, and we know they've thought of everything."

Others commend the firm's insolvency work in the oil and gas space: "They really understand what's going on in the industry."

Work highlights Acted for the lending syndicate in the cross-border restructuring proceedings of the Sanjel Group.

Advised FTI Consulting as the court-appointed monitor of Primus Telecommunications.

Significant clients Deloitte Restructuring, Grant Thornton, Bloom Lake Group and the Wabush Group.

Notable practitioners

Pamela Huff is a "good strategic thinker" who is "very good at bringing parties together." She acted for KPMG as the court-appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Co-op Atlantic; alongside Kelly Bourassa, she also acted on the restructuring of Sanjel.

Kelly Bourassa wins increasing recognition as a prominent restructuring lawyer in Calgary. She is highlighted for her work on behalf of lending syndicates, and was involved in the Sanjel matter alongside Pamela Huff. Notably, she also recently represented the debtors in the CCAA proceedings of Lightstream Resources.

William Kaplan QC is lauded for his substantial insolvency litigation expertise. In highlights, he represented CHC Helicopter Group in its application for Chapter 11 protection and foreign recognition proceedings before the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Linc Rogers is a commercial insolvency lawyer who acts for a wide range of players including DIP lenders and monitors. He offers notable experience of Canada/US cross-border mandates.

Peter Rubin is a seasoned litigator with a strong focus on creditors' rights and other insolvency matters. He is regarded by his peers as an "excellent lawyer" and regularly provides counsel to lending syndicates, debtors and monitors in insolvency proceedings.

Milly Chow was part of the Blakes team advising on the bankruptcy of Lightstream Resources. Her insolvency experience cuts across various sectors, including oil and gas, mining and retail.

Since publication, Steven Weisz has joined Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP.

About the Team (content provided by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP)

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading domestic and cross-border restructuring practices, the Blakes Restructuring & Insolvency group combines unmatched experience and depth to meet the immediate and critical needs of our clients with expert practitioners across Canada. Collaborating with our colleagues as needed in Financial Services, Capital Markets, Competition & Antitrust, Employment & Labour, Commercial Real Estate, Tax, Environmental and Intellectual Property, Blakes provides top-quality coordinated service and effective solutions to the unique and complex challenges clients face wherever the parties are located or the insolvency proceedings are commenced.

We represent all parties impacted by insolvencies and restructurings, including Canadian and U.S. banks and financial institutions, corporate debtors in domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings, restructuring financial advisory firms that act as court officers, debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders, and investors seeking to acquire assets and businesses in distressed circumstances.

We assist clients in a wide range of industries through workouts and restructurings (including under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA), cross-border recognition of Chapter 11 proceedings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as well as federal and provincial corporate restructuring statutes), DIP financing, security enforcement, distressed business acquisitions and post-restructuring issues.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Marc Wasserman
-12 partners
-18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its consummate ability to manage a wide variety of complex restructuring and insolvency mandates for an impressive portfolio of financial advisers, private equity firms and major hedge funds. The firm has an impressive track record acting for debtors and court-appointed monitors on CCAA filings, and is active on both high-end and mid-market transactions. Of late, it has also been involved in a number of creditor side mandates and retail insolvency matters.

Strengths Clients say: "Osler is an absolutely outstanding firm from a restructuring perspective. They provide highly practical advice, have a very deep bench and their lawyers are very skilled at considering the business issues in a restructuring."

Other interviewees commend the firm's versatility and say the partners "do a great job for their clients" and are equally well placed to act on both the company and the investor side of a deal.

Work highlights Acted for Tervita on its CAD3.5 billion restructuring efforts under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Represented the ad hoc committee of second lien noteholders in the CBCA proceedings of Postmedia.

Significant clients Target Canada, Alvarez & Marsal, Goldman Sachs, Walter Energy, Brookfield.

Notable practitioners

Tracy Sandler is a central figure in the firm's restructuring and insolvency team who stands out for her "incredible creativity" and is regarded by market sources as a "leader in her field." She recently advised FTI Consulting as the monitor in connection with the CCAA proceedings of Golf Town.

Marc Wasserman was at the forefront of the firm's work on the Tervita mandate, and was also involved in a number of other energy industry matters in 2016, such as the reorganisation of Trident Exploration. He is lauded for his technical prowess and leadership in negotiations by clients who say: "He's very practical, very smart and has a knack for consensus building."

Sandra Abitan is "an outstanding lawyer" who is highlighted for her expertise in restructuring transactions involving retail matters. She acted for BCBG Canada on its filing under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA).

Jeremy Dacks is well known for his insolvency litigation expertise, and his clients say "he has this amazing degree of calm in the face of a storm, while also being able to recall excruciating levels of detail." In notable highlights, he acted for the independent committee of the board of directors of Pacific Exploration in connection with its CCAA restructuring and foreign recognition proceedings in Colombia and the USA.

Martin Desrosiers is based in Montréal, where he can frequently be seen playing a leading role on files. He acted for PwC as the monitor of Pascan Aviation.

Michael De Lellis is an increasingly visible member of the Osler insolvency and restructuring team. Alongside Marc Wasserman, he acted for Ben Moss Jewellers on its application for creditor protection under the CCAA.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Elizabeth Pillon and Jean Fontaine
-14 partners
-20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished national firm with strong restructuring and insolvency capabilities in Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal. Offers extensive experience advising debtors and court-appointed monitors on complex CCAA matters, as well as representing clients in parallel US Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 proceedings. The firm also frequently acts for the purchasers of distressed assets.

Work highlights Acted for Essar Steel Algoma on its CCAA restructuring and Chapter 15 proceedings in the USA.

Advised Fairfax Financial and CI Investments on their acquisition of Golf Town Canada in a sale process conducted under the CCAA.

Significant clients Air Canada, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, GE Capital Canada, Performance Sports Group.

Notable practitioners

David Byers "is incredibly well respected and very good at bringing conflicting views together and finding a consensus." He maintains a strong focus on insolvency litigation and recently represented the German administrators of Maple Bank in connection with the liquidation of its Canadian operations.

Rising through the ranks, Ashley Taylor wins recognition for his leading role representing Essar Steel Algoma in its CCAA restructuring. Sources say he is "definitely at the top of his game right now."

Elizabeth Pillon acts on insolvency litigation mandates and has a significant nationwide practice. She was involved in the restructurings of Golf Town and Co-op Atlantic and is regarded as "a great person to work with - very smart and with an amazing sense of humour."

Jean Fontaine is the head of the litigation and restructuring groups in Montréal. He offers notable cross-border experience, and continues to advise Ernst & Young as monitor's counsel on litigation concerning a stalking horse bid for the assets of Bluberi Gaming Technologies.

Guy Martel is increasingly singled out as a practitioner of choice for restructuring matters in Montréal. He advised Raymond Chabot as the CCAA monitor of Développement Lachine Est, a Group Catania company.

Maria Konyukhova is a litigation partner who is "very good on the restructuring side." Her peers say: "She is a great litigator, as well as an insolvency practitioner." She was involved in the winding-up of Maple Bank Canada.

About the Team (content provided by Stikeman Elliott LLP)

Stikeman Elliott’s Restructuring & Insolvency Group has built its reputation as a leader in the sector by guiding many of the most noteworthy commercial restructurings in Canadian history to a successful conclusion. We respond quickly, negotiate effectively and deliver legal solutions that maximize value and create new strategic opportunities for our clients.

Having represented all parties in both public and private insolvency and restructuring matters, our team has the experience to handle the most complex insolvencies and corporate restructurings.

Stikeman Elliott’s expertise encompasses proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA), restructurings under the Canadian Business Corporations’ Act and provincial corporate statutes, comprehensive balance sheet restructurings, receiverships, and proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. We also have significant experience in cross-border insolvencies that involve U.S. Chapter 7, 11 and 15 proceedings.

A multidisciplinary approach to restructuring and insolvency files that leverages our expertise in litigation, banking, M&A, pensions, employment, securities, tax and regulatory law enables us to assist our national and international clients in maneuvering through Canada’s restructuring landscape to achieve successful results. www.stikeman.com



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Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-5 partners
-6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency boutique based in Toronto, with notable experience representing significant financial institutions, banks and accountancy firms, as well as regulatory bodies and pension plans. The firm's deep bench of dedicated practitioners also offers noteworthy strength acting as debtor's counsel on major Canadian insolvencies. Its recent workload features a number of major energy industry mandates.

Strengths Sources say the firm "attracts a good amount of high level work," adding: "What makes them distinctive is the quality of their expertise in the context of restructuring and their understanding of the business drivers."

One client notes: "The work has been exceptional. I can't express enough how impressed I've been with their ethics, professionalism and responsiveness.

Work highlights Represented Ernst & Young as the monitor in the CCAA proceedings and USD575 million Chapter 11 sale of Performance Sports to a joint venture of Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Acted for Endurance Energy on its application for CCAA protection and on the court-approved sale of its assets to Shanghai Energy Corporation and 1994450 Alberta Ltd.

Significant clients Oxford Properties Group, National Bank of Canada, Deloitte & Touche, HSBC Bank Canada, Durham College of Applied Arts & Technology.

Notable practitioners

Robert Thornton is universally well regarded as "one of the top insolvency counsel in Canada. He is very good at coming up with creative solutions and thinking outside the box - he is a very good advocate for his clients." Notably, Thornton advised PwC as the court-appointed monitor in the cross-border insolvency proceedings of Pacific Exploration & Production.

Grant Moffat represented various investors in Redstone Capital Corporation in a motion brought by the court-appointed receiver of RCC, Redstone Investment Corporation and Redstone Management Services concerning the substantive consolidation of the aforementioned estates. Clients say: "The quality of the advice that we get from Grant is exceptional."

D.J. Miller is recognised for her involvement in significant matters and is described by interviewees as "extremely strategic." She recently acted for Square Two Financial and 17 affiliated debtors on the implementation of a pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan and on obtaining a pre-filing stay of proceedings in Canada.

About the Team (content provided by Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP)

TGF is widely recognized for its leading national and international restructuring practice. The TGF Restructuring Group applies its deep experience in restructuring to finding creative and business-oriented solutions that have led to strong, long-lasting relationships with its clients. TGF’s aggressive, responsive and effective approach to restructuring has ensured that its lawyers have been involved in virtually every major insolvency proceeding in Ontario over the last twenty years, covering every business sector.

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Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Shayne Kukulowicz
-18 partners
-6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A solid presence in the restructuring and insolvency market, offering significant multi-jurisdictional expertise, with a focus on Canada/US cross-border restructurings. Acts for a variety of clients in the mining and energy sectors, with notable experience working on behalf of both creditors and distressed companies. The firm is recognised for its commitment to the development of the practice, and continues to strengthen its team with the addition of new partners in Vancouver and Calgary.

Strengths One client enthuses: "Cassels is a clear leader in Canada in representing creditor groups and debtors in cross-border insolvency situations."

Others are quick to commend the team's commercial awareness: "They are extremely business savvy and understand the interplay between business objectives and legal advice."

Work highlights Acted for Connacher Oil and Gas on its CCAA filing further to its 2015 CBCA recapitalisation transaction.

Significant clients Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Bank of Montreal, Delaware Trust Company, FTI Consulting Canada, Linden Advisors.

Notable practitioners

Shayne Kukulowicz has a long-standing presence in the Canadian insolvency community, and his peers underline his leadership of the department at Cassels Brock. He recently advised the receiver of various assets of developer Talon International and its related companies in connection with the Trump Hotel Toronto building.

Mary Buttery joined the firm's Vancouver office in March 2017 from DLA Piper. She is described by interviewees as "a fantastic lawyer and a wonderful person - she will be a credit to that group." She regularly acts on commercial insolvency matters across Western and Northern Canada.

Jane Dietrich represented the joint venture partners acting as agent to Ben Moss Jewellers in connection with the liquidation of the company's assets across the country, as well as in their successful bid to acquire its designation rights. One client said: "I consider Jane to be truly the most practical lawyer for transactions which can become very sophisticated very fast, can have a lot of wrinkles and involve a lot of different players."

Ryan Jacobs is singled out by interviewees for his "tireless work ethic combined with his ability to quarterback large teams across multiple jurisdictions and to navigate solutions that seem impossible from the outset." He is widely acknowledged for his deep relationships with US firms and clients, having started his practice in New York.

Larry Ellis advises on both commercial insolvency matters, as well as related litigation. He offers notable multi-jurisdictional experience and is described by clients as "commercial to the extreme - he's always looking out for innovative structures and ways of doing things."

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Robin Schwill and Denis Ferland
-8 partners
-2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well respected for its ability to represent a wide range of key stakeholders in major restructuring mandates. Advises debtors, creditors and court-appointed monitors on both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm is also frequently sought after to advise purchasers on distressed M&A deals. It has a strong presence in Toronto and is additionally supported by insolvency specialists in Montréal.

Strengths Market sources say: "They have a strong team that's able to get the job done," adding: "They are lean and mean - they have a heavy personal commitment on the part of each partner and associate; people drive hard there."

The firm is also singled out for its corporate deal structuring and tax expertise.

Work highlights Represented KSV Kofman as the monitor of the Urbancorp Group.

Advised one of the creditors in the winding-up of Maple Bank Canada.

Significant clients Target Corporation, Alvarez & Marsal, PwC, HSBC Bank Canada, Mexx.

Notable practitioners

Jay Swartz "is a recognised leader in the practice in Canada" who "carries a lot of weight and influence." One source enthused: "He has a tremendous ability to solve problems in a practical way and commands a high degree of respect."

Robin Schwill is described as a "strategic thinker" with impressive oral advocacy skills. One interviewee said: "Robin is phenomenally deep when it comes to his ability to understand problems and their broad implications throughout a mandate." He acted for Goldman Sachs on Tervita's CBCA proceedings and filing under Chapter 15 in the USA.

Denis Ferland is highly thought of by his peers for his involvement in major restructurings in Québec and further afield. Alongside Jay Swartz, he recently advised Hale Capital Partners in connection with a DIP loan provided to RB Energy.

Natasha MacParland is commended for her hands-on approach to restructuring and insolvency and wins recognition for her leadership on files. Sources say: "She is a decision maker who is very pragmatic and has a businesslike focus."

About the Team (content provided by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP)

When a company is in distress, senior leaders need to move quickly. We help map out the right strategic course, finding a creative path that preserves and distributes value.

In almost every major restructuring in Canada, stakeholders across industries – and borders – turn to our team to achieve optimum results. Whether you’re a creditor, debtor, shareholder, investor, monitor, trustee or receiver, we help you navigate all the challenges and complexities of a restructuring or insolvency.

Our team takes a holistic approach, drawing on the strategic and deal-making skills of lawyers across practices, from mergers and acquisitions to finance, tax and litigation. This allows us, time and again, to find creative solutions and negotiate the best results.

Our perspective is global and our reach multijurisdictional. We work regularly with insolvency practitioners and courts internationally, particularly in the U.S. and the U.K. And we explore all means – including interim financing, M&A alternatives and, when necessary, the courts – to protect your interests and help you reach your goals on your timetable.

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Fasken - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Stuart Brotman
-21 partners
-10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded national team with substantial experience of mining and retail insolvency. Acts for a wide range of clients including lenders and debtors on complex debt recovery proceedings, liquidations, receiverships and informal workouts. The team is particularly well known for its strengths in Vancouver and Montréal, and leverages upon the firm's international platform to advise on mandates involving European and African components.

Work highlights Acted for Tervita on the implementation of its CBCA recapitalisation transaction and USD360 million offering of senior secured notes.

Represented menswear retailer Grafton-Fraser in its CAD100 million restructuring under the CCAA.

Significant clients Scotiabank, Ernst & Young, PwC, Deloitte & Touche.

Notable practitioners

John Grieve is a pre-eminent restructuring lawyer in Vancouver. He recently acted for HSBC in connection with the CAD70 million restructuring of Rubicon Oilfield International UK under the Alberta Business Corporations Act, as well as advising the debtor in the reorganisation of Tervita. Grieve is the immediate past chair of the firm's global insolvency and restructuring department.

Stuart Brotman is based in Toronto, from where he acts as chair of the group globally. He handles work at a high level and offers significant industry-specific expertise in areas such as retail and mining. He acted for Richter Advisory Group as the receiver of JSN Jewellery and for Grafton-Fraser on its CCAA filing.

Aubrey Kauffman is recognised for his capabilities in relation to cross-border restructuring and insolvency and related litigation matters. In highlights, he represented Resource FinanceWorks in connection with the recapitalisation of Banro, a Canadian gold company with assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kibben Jackson is a litigator in the firm's Vancouver office, who can often be seen acting for financial services sector clients on insolvency files. He acted for Grant Thornton as the trustee and receiver of Endurance Wind Power.

Montréal-based Alain Riendeau is regarded as a "perfect blend of a litigator and a deal maker." He offers extensive experience before both trial and appellate courts in Québec.

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Financial crises involve many stakeholders and moving parts. You need a legal team that knows the landscape and can guide you through as effectively as possible. Whether we’re helping clients restructure debt or operations, sell assets or address future risks, we keep the lines of communication open and bring creativity to problem solving.

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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Clifton Prophet
-16 partners
-6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive restructuring and insolvency expertise across its Canadian offices, including substantial insolvency litigation capabilities. Advises debtors, receivers and court-appointed monitors on bankruptcies and receiverships across various industries, including oil and gas, retail and financial services. It also regularly acts as counsel to a number of major Canadian banks.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's collaborative, team-based approach and customer service skills, saying: "They are very responsive in both taking calls and providing timely answers."

Others go on to highlight its "incredible reach across the country."

Work highlights Represented Scotiabank as the agent to the lenders in the CCAA proceedings of Northern Transportation Company.

Acted for the receiver of Redwater Energy in a case brought before the Court of Appeal of Alberta by the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Orphan Wells Association concerning abandonment liabilities.

Significant clients CIBC, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Nortel Networks, Callidus Capital.

Notable practitioners

Derrick Tay is a "very seasoned and very experienced" insolvency practitioner who "is very good at working with disparate parties and has a lot of creative ideas and solutions." Regarded by peers as being "at the top of his game," he is currently acting for Ernst & Young as the monitor in the restructuring of Essar Steel Algoma.

Colin Brousson is a former leader of the firm's national restructuring and insolvency group. Based in Vancouver, he offers experience of financial restructuring and distressed M&A, as well as Aboriginal law.

David Cohen is described as being "very strong in the large deal space - he has a unique quality of being able to understand business and law and can marry the two together." He recently acted for Richter Advisory Group as the court-appointed receiver of HMV Canada.

Clifton Prophet is well recognised for his expertise in the litigation aspects of insolvency. He acted alongside Derrick Tay on the restructuring of Algoma and is praised for his "very deep technical skills."

Since publication, Jennifer Stam has joined Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP.

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Whether a company needs early- or late-stage restructuring advice or a secured or unsecured creditor needs immediate counsel, Gowling WLG works to resolve issues quickly, pragmatically and cost-effectively.

As one of the largest groups of its kind in Canada, we've developed a significant practice for creditors and debtors alike, with a high level of expertise in cross-border insolvencies and restructurings.

Gowling WLG expertly represents creditors, debtors, receivers, trustees, monitors, acquirers, suppliers, customers and other restructuring professionals and stakeholders.

Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency

  • Advising on early stage financial and operational restructurings
  • CCAA and BIA proposal proceedings
  • Bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings
  • Enforcing guarantees and security
  • Negotiating forbearance and accommodation arrangements
  • Advising on insolvency risks in structured transactions
  • Mitigating lender liability issues
  • Assessing directors’ liability
  • Advising regulatory agencies on regulatory compliance

Distressed M&A

  • Structuring and executing sales process (in or out of court)
  • Creditor, supplier and customer negotiations
  • Retaining investment bankers and advisers to assist in the distressed M&A process
  • Sourcing, negotiating and documenting interim and permanent financing solutions
  • Timely due diligence on the target

Corporate restructuring

  • Including advising on the most complex national, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional insolvencies and restructurings. 

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: James Gage
-13 partners
-8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong national team with a significant creditor side practice. It regularly advises restructuring officers and monitors, as well as undertaking large debtor mandates. Offers notable cross-border capabilities and experience in relation to pensions and investment funds, and stands out for its recent involvement in energy insolvency matters. Clients benefit from the firm's multidisciplinary offering and expertise in litigation, tax and corporate law.

Strengths Clients say McCarthy has "a very deep corporate practice and a very deep litigation practice that they bring to the table in restructuring projects."

One interviewee enthuses: "The firm is really an authority on oil and gas restructuring."

Work highlights Acted for Liberty Oilfield Services Holdings on its acquisition of the US assets of Sanjel.

Represented FTI Consulting as the court-appointed monitor of Lightstream Resources in its CCAA proceedings and sale to Ridgeback Resources.

Significant clients U.S. Steel Canada, Morneau Shepell, National Bank of Canada, PwC, Deloitte Restructuring.

Notable practitioners

James Gage "is a very creative and thoughtful lawyer who works through issues and has a good financial lens." He acted for Royal Gold as a secured creditor in the restructuring of Rubicon Minerals.

Philippe Bélanger is "a top attorney in Montréal," where he enjoys a strong national profile, and serves as the president of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He advises on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as offering expertise in director and officer liability.

Sean Collins "does an amazing job" on restructuring and insolvency matters in the oil and gas patch. Clients say: "He's always available, and gets up to speed very quickly." He acted for FTI Consulting as the monitor of a number of debtor companies in 2016, including Lightstream Resources and Quicksilver Resources.

Barbara Boake is respected for her litigation capabilities in the context of corporate restructuring. Sources say: "She has great knowledge, great judgement and doesn't over lawyer - she is very easy to work with."

About the Team (content provided by McCarthy Tétrault LLP)

We have one of the largest bankruptcy & restructuring groups in Canada, with extensive experience in all areas of the practice. We regularly represent debtors as well as major financial institutions and other capital providers, large corporate creditors and court-appointed monitors, receivers and trustees.

Clients look to us for insightful strategies and solutions because of our:

Breadth: Our team is experienced in complex insolvency matters and sensitive restructurings. We integrate our multijurisdictional scope and expertise with the firm’s national strength across a broad spectrum of other key practice areas such as banking, litigation, tax, securities, labour and employment, and pensions.

Cross-border experience: We understand the bankruptcy/insolvency environment on both sides of the Canada-US border, and we regularly act on major international matters with US, European and other co-counsel.

Track record: Our significant role in most major Canadian and cross-border restructurings, insolvencies and work-outs for more than 20 years has earned us a superlative track record in all areas of this field nationwide.

Leadership: Leading legal directories and publications routinely acknowledge us as pre-eminent insolvency and restructuring professionals.

Service: We pride ourselves on responding quickly to our clients’ needs in a proactive and practical manner. We apply a creative, business-oriented approach to achieve their objectives, both in the boardroom and in the courtroom.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Sylvain Rigaud and Kieran Siddall
-15 partners
-10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm with considerable strength across a wide variety of restructuring and insolvency matters in Canada. Particularly highly regarded in Alberta for its focus on energy insolvency, and now offers services to clients with operations in BC as a result of its January 2017 merger with Bull Housser. Advises on CCAA, CBCA and US Chapter 15 proceedings, as well as DIP financing and distressed M&A transactions. The firm also has a very strong presence in Québec.

Strengths The department is lauded for its holistic approach: "We retain them because of the way they integrate all of their service lines so it is seamless for clients."

Market sources say: "They have a great group and they produce a high-quality work product."

Work highlights Advised Pacific Exploration & Production on its USD5.5 billion cross-border restructuring involving proceedings in Canada, Colombia and the United States.

Provides ongoing advice to ArcelorMittal in relation to the liquidation of the Catania group of companies.

Significant clients Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, KPMG, Board of Directors of Essar Steel Algoma, Schenker of Canada.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Howard Gorman is widely regarded as one of the dominant players in the Calgary market. He wins recognition nationally for his work in the oil and gas patch but also offers expertise in other sectors, including real estate. He acted for Ernst & Young as the monitor of Gasfrac Energy Services in its Canadian and US insolvency proceedings, as well as advising TD Bank on a transaction with Tervita further to the implementation of its CBCA plan. Sources agree he is "clearly a force in the insolvency space."

Tony Reyes is praised for his "strong experience and technical expertise." He is recognised by the market for his role in the restructuring of Pacific Exploration.

Virginie Gauthier was involved in the team advising on the Pacific Exploration restructuring. Based in Toronto, she is commended for her ability to work seamlessly in both English and French, and for her "ability to defuse tense situations."

Department co-head Sylvain Rigaud is a highly regarded commercial litigator with a strong focus on insolvency. He acted for the monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Wabush Mines.

Evan Cobb is a strong younger partner who is increasingly visible on the firm's key files. He comes recommended by clients for his support throughout the entire CCAA filing process.

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Norton Rose Fulbright’s highly regarded team is at the forefront of complex domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency work with considerable practical experience in dealing with problems that arise when companies face financial difficulties.

Companies in the manufacturing, financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, pulp and paper, transport, technology and innovation, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors benefit from our many years of experience in restructuring companies and coordinating legal proceedings in and across multiple jurisdictions.

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Torys LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Tony DeMarinis and Scott Bomhof
-5 partners
-15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded business law firm with impressive competencies in the restructuring and insolvency space. Assists a prestigious portfolio of corporate clients with debt restructuring, exit financing and recapitalisation transactions. Well placed to advise on cross-border files, including Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 proceedings, as well as energy-related insolvency. Offers expertise out of Toronto and Calgary.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional files: "I think they bring a very practical and international sensibility to the exercise. They are familiar with not just US but also UK and international legal issues and how they interact, and are well positioned to help us deal with cross-border proceedings."

Work highlights Advised Bank of America on a USD1.2 million credit facility provided to Pacific Exploration & Production.

Represented Fairfax Financial Holdings as DIP lender and stalking horse bidder in the bankruptcy of Performance Sports Group.

Significant clients Alvarez & Marsal, Brookfield, Essar Capital, Sears Canada, Tarion Warranty Corporation.

Notable practitioners

David Bish is a "terrific lawyer" who can frequently be found advising on cross-border bankruptcy and insolvency files, as well as director and officer liability matters and distressed M&A deals. He regularly represents financial institutions and business advisory firms.

Scott Bomhof is currently acting as counsel to Ontario Power Generation in connection with the restructuring proceedings of SunEdison in Canada and the USA. Market sources say: "He is smart, he is tough, but he is also entirely pleasant to deal with."

Tony DeMarinis is recognised for his long-standing experience of Canadian and cross-border restructuring and insolvency proceedings. His recent work highlights include acting for Barclays as the financial adviser to Tervita in its recapitalisation transaction, as well as representing CPPIB Credit Investments in connection with a loan facility provided to Rubicon Minerals.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Marc Duchesne, Patrick McCarthy, Roger Jaipargas and Magnus Verbrugge
-21 partners
-13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established national insolvency practice with impressive experience acting for clients from the banking, construction, mining and energy sectors, with a substantial caseload of oil and gas insolvency matters. Valued for its representation of secured lenders and debenture holders and court officers in both high-end and mid-market receiverships and bankruptcy filings.

Strengths Clients are quick to praise "the quality of the firm's work, the timeliness of response and access to a wealth of knowledge in all areas outside of the insolvency space whenever we need it."

Work highlights Acted for PwC as the monitor in the CCAA proceedings of the Sanjel Group of Companies.

Represented Ernst & Young as the court-appointed receiver of Spyglass Energy.

Significant clients Bell Canada, KPMG, The Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, BDO Canada.

Notable practitioners

Market sources note the addition of Alex MacFarlane to the firm in late 2016, saying he is "a very capable, if quiet and unassuming fellow. He gives sage advice under the radar." One client enthused: "He is very approachable, easy to work with and talk to - he is open to creative solutions," adding: "Alex is happy to listen to and contemplate an idea, then help me realise it." Others are quick to describe MacFarlane as an "effective team player."

Montréal-based Marc Duchesne stands out for his involvement in CCAA proceedings in the aviation industry. He also offers extensive experience of matters arising within the construction sector.

Roger Jaipargas advises on a range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including litigation and asset recovery. He recently acted for Modular Space in seeking recognition in Canada of its US bankruptcy proceedings. One source said: "He is one of the nicest professionals you could ever deal with."

Magnus Verbrugge is described by one interviewee as a "phenomenal lawyer." He acts for a wide range of stakeholders on bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and offers notable experience in relation to lending matters.

Senior statesman Patrick McCarthy QC continues to be well recognised in Calgary for his extensive experience and dedication to the field.

About the Team (content provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)

BLG’s Insolvency and Restructuring Group carries on one of Canada's leading restructuring, workout, bankruptcy and insolvency practices. The core of the Insolvency and Restructuring Group comprises leaders in the field with decades of restructuring experience. 

Members of BLG's Insolvency and Restructuring Group regularly appear before superior and appellate courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada) in insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. Formal bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings are often court driven. We have represented clients in respect in contested bankruptcy, receivership, liquidation and realization proceedings; sales process hearings; sale approval motions; classification hearings; priority issues; plan sanction and approval motions as well as preference, fraudulent conveyance, undervalue, reviewable transaction, oppression, alter ego, subordination and related litigation. While consensual resolution of difficult issues is often preferable, it is not always possible. Our Insolvency and Restructuring Group is well equipped to advance our clients' rights and interests before the courts. We have broad industry experience, having acted on behalf of our clients on matters in a wide range of industries.

With professionals in Canada's major centres, we have the national strength and the local knowledge to vigorously represent and protect the interests of our clients — no matter where in the country the matter is centred.

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Chaitons LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised for its strength in mid-market corporate restructuring and bankruptcy matters and related litigation. Offers notable experience representing a range of stakeholders in insolvency, including liquidators, creditors and court-appointed monitors. Acts for a diverse portfolio of clients from the manufacturing, automotive, transportation, retail and financial services sectors. Based in Toronto, the firm has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the SCC.

Strengths Interviewees describe Chaitons as a "specialised firm with leading practitioners."

Notable practitioners

Harvey Chaiton is frequently sought after by clients as counsel on major deals, and is well respected by peers who say the "real hardcore quality" of his practice should not be underestimated.

George Benchetrit advises on commercial and insolvency litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He often represents shareholders, among other clients.

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Dentons Canada LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: David Mann and Roger Simard
-19 partners
-9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises domestic and international clients on a variety of restructuring and insolvency mandates, with notable expertise in US Chapter 15 proceedings. Well regarded for its track record acting for banks, accounting firms and debtor corporations, and its significant mining and real estate insolvency expertise. The firm is also frequently involved in distressed asset purchases.

Strengths Market sources say "they take a very practical view to providing advice, and people like working with them."

Work highlights Acted for PwC as the monitor and, subsequently, receiver and manager of Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company, a saw mill in Northern Ontario. The firm provided advice on the company's dual sale process, as well as various employment, labour and tax issues, and the resolution of lien claims.

Advised Blackhill Partners as the chief restructuring officer of Pacific Exploration & Production.

Significant clients Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Alvarez & Marsal, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Wilmington Trust.

Notable practitioners

John Sandrelli operates a versatile practice out of Vancouver, and is regarded by clients as being "excellent in debtor and creditor roles," among others. He recently acted for the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan on proceedings related to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Walter Energy in the United States.

Calgary-based David Mann is highly regarded for his experience in Western Canada, and has appeared before Alberta's Bankruptcy Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the SCC. Sources say: "He is very strategic and has a deep level of expertise in the area." Mann represented Conuma Coal Resources in its USD35 million acquisition of the assets of Walter Energy.

Roger Simard is regarded by one client as "the lawyer I would hire for pretty much anything in Québec. He combines the attributes I most value - he is smart, knowledgeable of the law, effective, a team player and easy to work with." Notably, he acted for Bluberi Gaming Technologies on its insolvency proceedings in Québec under the CCAA.

About the Team (content provided by Dentons Canada LLP)

Highly regarded across Canada, Dentons is at home with all restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Our team, one of Canada’s largest, is as familiar with the oil patch in Alberta, resource companies in BC and the financial institutions in Toronto, as with the unique requirements of the civil code in Québec, with truly leading practice teams and leaders in all of Canada’s financial centres.

We are well known for being business solution-oriented and expediting insolvency procedures to get the best results possible for our clients. Whether it’s creditors’ remedies, a complex restructuring, DIP financing or purchasing a distressed company, Dentons delivers results. Dentons is uniquely positioned to deliver seamless service in cross-border insolvencies.

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McMillan LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Andrew Kent and Waël Rostom
-16 partners
-8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of secured lenders in a range of distressed business situations. The firm represents a number of major Canadian banks, as well as acting for court-appointed monitors and receivers and purchasers of insolvent companies. The firm stands out for its extensive experience of oil and gas and mining insolvency work, and for its strong senior leadership team.

Strengths Sources say the team is "very knowledgeable, as well as collaborative in its approach" and commend its work on behalf of a wide range of stakeholders: "This gives them an edge in experience and an ability to understand both sides."

Work highlights Acted for The Catalyst Capital Group as the plan sponsor in the restructuring of Pacific Exploration & Production.

Advised Antares Capital as the agent to the lenders in the restructuring proceedings of Golf Town.

Significant clients Royal Bank of Canada, PwC, Cliffs Natural Resources, Comerica Bank, GE Capital.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Kent continues to be viewed by the market as one of the most prominent restructuring lawyers in Canada. A regular feature of the firm's key files, he acted for the US equity committee on a motion concerning the bidding structure for the sale of the assets of Performance Sports Group to its stalking horse bidder further to the company's CCAA proceedings.

Waël Rostom is commended by clients for "his creativity and ability to grasp complex issues very quickly." He acted for KPMG as the monitor of Walter Energy.

Adam Maerov is regularly involved in the firm's major files in the energy industry. He recently represented Scotiabank in connection with a secured credit facility provided to Virginia Hills Oil Company and in the appointment of Alvarez & Marsal as the receiver and manager of its assets. Interviewees say he is "very client focused and practical in advice given to arrive at an efficient outcome."

The distinguished Max Mendelsohn is described as "one of a kind" and continues to be held in the highest respect by his peers. He continues to be viewed as an influential name in Montréal.

About the Team (content provided by McMillan LLP)

McMillan’s Restructuring Group is one of Canada’s leading business insolvency practices. We have an outstanding track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients in a broad range of situations. Our highly skilled team includes top-ranked lawyers known for their expertise and creative problem-solving, allowing McMillan to deliver the highest standards of transactional and structuring leadership, and commercial advocacy. Drawing upon our legal expertise across all business practice areas and our broad range of industry experience, we provide clients with comprehensive solutions to the most challenging problems. We have an earned reputation as thought-leaders in the industry. Our team is best known for creative and ‘out of the box’ thinking for complex reorganizations and distressed solutions; being a leading trouble-shooter firm for banks; having a strong debtor-side practice; representing monitors, receivers and other court-appointed officers in complex insolvency proceeding; and being a leading firm for purchasers of distressed business. Our strong young national team delivers first tier senior leadership with a deep intellectual and technical understanding of the law yet pragmatic, practical and business oriented.

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Aird & Berlis LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A distinguished player in mid-market restructuring and insolvency, with substantial experience of lending matters. Regularly acts for secured lenders and other financial institutions, as well as representing bondholders in cross-border transactions. Based in Toronto, the firm also has extensive experience advising on matters involving distressed real estate assets.

Notable practitioners

Robb English is recognised for his representation of financial services sector clients in insolvency situations. His experience encompasses CCAA and BIA filings and distressed commercial loans.

Steven Graff operates a varied practice with experience acting for various Schedule I banks, as well as private debt and equity investors and professional advisory firms. He has a strong reputation in court.

About the Team (content provided by Aird & Berlis LLP)

With a broad range of experience, the Aird & Berlis Insolvency & Restructuring Group recognizes opportunities and negotiates solutions that maximize recoveries and minimize risk, time and expense.

Recognized as leaders in their field, our Insolvency & Restructuring lawyers draw on specialized experience and diverse expertise from other areas of the firm to develop effective strategies and successfully represent clients in both the boardroom and the courtroom. We are adept at navigating out-of-court restructurings, the purchase and sale of distressed businesses and assets, the structuring and implementation of debt workout arrangements for senior and subordinated lenders, borrowers and investors and assisting regulatory bodies with investigations and enforcement strategies.

We have extensive international experience and are able to leverage deep connections throughout Canada and the world to provide truly global advice. We have assisted with significant insolvency and restructuring mandates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean.

As a valuable extension of their management teams, clients look to Aird & Berlis for intelligent transactional advice, practical solutions and commitment to client satisfaction with a range of services.

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Fishman Flanz Meland Paquin LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Montréal firm with niche expertise in commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring. Advises Canadian and international financial institutions on a range of matters, including corporate workouts and bankruptcies. The team is active in the mid market.

Strengths The firm is regarded by its peers as a "great partner" for insolvency matters arising in Québec.

Notable practitioners

Avram Fishman has a "great name" in the Québec restructuring and insolvency community. Throughout his long-standing career, he has advised on filings in the real estate and manufacturing industries, among others.

Mark Meland advises on commercial insolvency transactions and related litigation. He has notable trial and appellate expertise.

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Senior Statesperson

Patrick T McCarthy QC

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior statesman Patrick McCarthy QC continues to be well recognised in Calgary for his extensive experience and dedication to the field.

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McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

The distinguished Max Mendelsohn is described as "one of a kind" and continues to be held in the highest respect by his peers. He continues to be viewed as an influential name in Montréal.

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jay Carfagnini is a top lawyer who is widely viewed as one of the deans of the bankruptcy Bar. Clients say: "He keeps a watchful eye on files pertaining to our organisation." His legacy includes a prominent role acting for Ernst & Young as the CCAA monitor in the restructuring of Nortel.

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Robert J Chadwick

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Chadwick played an integral part in the restructurings of Golf Town, Sherritt International and Rubicon Minerals. Clients say: "He's very practical and gives straightforward advice. He's a man who uses fewer words than other lawyers but is the kind of person you really want to hear from because he doesn't try to occupy the space. You know when you hear from him that you should listen to every word."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior partner Howard Gorman is widely regarded as one of the dominant players in the Calgary market. He wins recognition nationally for his work in the oil and gas patch but also offers expertise in other sectors, including real estate. He acted for Ernst & Young as the monitor of Gasfrac Energy Services in its Canadian and US insolvency proceedings, as well as advising TD Bank on a transaction with Tervita further to the implementation of its CBCA plan. Sources agree he is "clearly a force in the insolvency space."

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McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Andrew Kent continues to be viewed by the market as one of the most prominent restructuring lawyers in Canada. A regular feature of the firm's key files, he acted for the US equity committee on a motion concerning the bidding structure for the sale of the assets of Performance Sports Group to its stalking horse bidder further to the company's CCAA proceedings.

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Richard Orzy is widely acknowledged as a dominant force in Toronto, where he often features on high-profile restructuring and insolvency files. Recent work highlights include acting for Toronto-based real estate developer Urbancorp and its CEO on its cross-border bankruptcy proceedings involving Canada and Israel. Orzy also advised Canso Investment Counsel as the first lien noteholder in the restructuring of Postmedia.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jay Swartz "is a recognised leader in the practice in Canada" who "carries a lot of weight and influence." One source enthused: "He has a tremendous ability to solve problems in a practical way and commands a high degree of respect."

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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Derrick Tay is a "very seasoned and very experienced" insolvency practitioner who "is very good at working with disparate parties and has a lot of creative ideas and solutions." Regarded by peers as being "at the top of his game," he is currently acting for Ernst & Young as the monitor in the restructuring of Essar Steel Algoma.

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Robert I Thornton

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Thornton is universally well regarded as "one of the top insolvency counsel in Canada. He is very good at coming up with creative solutions and thinking outside the box - he is a very good advocate for his clients." Notably, Thornton advised PwC as the court-appointed monitor in the cross-border insolvency proceedings of Pacific Exploration & Production.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Byers "is incredibly well respected and very good at bringing conflicting views together and finding a consensus." He maintains a strong focus on insolvency litigation and recently represented the German administrators of Maple Bank in connection with the liquidation of its Canadian operations.

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Chaitons LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Harvey Chaiton is frequently sought after by clients as counsel on major deals, and is well respected by peers who say the "real hardcore quality" of his practice should not be underestimated.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Gage "is a very creative and thoughtful lawyer who works through issues and has a good financial lens." He acted for Royal Gold as a secured creditor in the restructuring of Rubicon Minerals.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Grieve is a pre-eminent restructuring lawyer in Vancouver. He recently acted for HSBC in connection with the CAD70 million restructuring of Rubicon Oilfield International UK under the Alberta Business Corporations Act, as well as advising the debtor in the reorganisation of Tervita. Grieve is the immediate past chair of the firm's global insolvency and restructuring department.

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Pamela L. J. Huff

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Pamela Huff is a "good strategic thinker" who is "very good at bringing parties together." She acted for KPMG as the court-appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Co-op Atlantic; alongside Kelly Bourassa, she also acted on the restructuring of Sanjel.

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Shayne R Kukulowicz

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Shayne Kukulowicz has a long-standing presence in the Canadian insolvency community, and his peers underline his leadership of the department at Cassels Brock. He recently advised the receiver of various assets of developer Talon International and its related companies in connection with the Trump Hotel Toronto building.

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brendan O'Neill is recognised for his increasing influence within the group; his peers "have a lot of time and respect for him." O'Neill acted for the ad hoc committee of noteholders of Pacific Exploration in connection with the completion of the company's restructuring transaction.

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Band 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tracy Sandler is a central figure in the firm's restructuring and insolvency team who stands out for her "incredible creativity" and is regarded by market sources as a "leader in her field." She recently advised FTI Consulting as the monitor in connection with the CCAA proceedings of Golf Town.

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Band 2

Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Sandrelli operates a versatile practice out of Vancouver, and is regarded by clients as being "excellent in debtor and creditor roles," among others. He recently acted for the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan on proceedings related to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Walter Energy in the United States.

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Band 2

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robin Schwill is described as a "strategic thinker" with impressive oral advocacy skills. One interviewee said: "Robin is phenomenally deep when it comes to his ability to understand problems and their broad implications throughout a mandate." He acted for Goldman Sachs on Tervita's CBCA proceedings and filing under Chapter 15 in the USA.

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Band 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Rising through the ranks, Ashley Taylor wins recognition for his leading role representing Essar Steel Algoma in its CCAA restructuring. Sources say he is "definitely at the top of his game right now."

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Band 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marc Wasserman was at the forefront of the firm's work on the Tervita mandate, and was also involved in a number of other energy industry matters in 2016, such as the reorganisation of Trident Exploration. He is lauded for his technical prowess and leadership in negotiations by clients who say: "He's very practical, very smart and has a knack for consensus building."

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Band 2

Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Kevin Zych is acting for the board of directors of Performance Sports Group in connection with the company's restructuring process. Interviewees say "he does a great job of advising his clients with respect to the technical, practical and commercial issues. From a strategy perspective, he is good at figuring out how to come at it from the most advantageous angle."

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Band 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sandra Abitan is "an outstanding lawyer" who is highlighted for her expertise in restructuring transactions involving retail matters. She acted for BCBG Canada on its filing under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA).

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Band 3

Philippe Bélanger

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Philippe Bélanger is "a top attorney in Montréal," where he enjoys a strong national profile, and serves as the president of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He advises on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as offering expertise in director and officer liability.

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Band 3

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Bish is a "terrific lawyer" who can frequently be found advising on cross-border bankruptcy and insolvency files, as well as director and officer liability matters and distressed M&A deals. He regularly represents financial institutions and business advisory firms.

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Band 3

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Scott Bomhof is currently acting as counsel to Ontario Power Generation in connection with the restructuring proceedings of SunEdison in Canada and the USA. Market sources say: "He is smart, he is tough, but he is also entirely pleasant to deal with."

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Band 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Kelly Bourassa wins increasing recognition as a prominent restructuring lawyer in Calgary. She is highlighted for her work on behalf of lending syndicates, and was involved in the Sanjel matter alongside Pamela Huff. Notably, she also recently represented the debtors in the CCAA proceedings of Lightstream Resources.

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Band 3

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Stuart Brotman is based in Toronto, from where he acts as chair of the group globally. He handles work at a high level and offers significant industry-specific expertise in areas such as retail and mining. He acted for Richter Advisory Group as the receiver of JSN Jewellery and for Grafton-Fraser on its CCAA filing.

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Band 3

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mary Buttery joined the firm's Vancouver office in March 2017 from DLA Piper. She is described by interviewees as "a fantastic lawyer and a wonderful person - she will be a credit to that group." She regularly acts on commercial insolvency matters across Western and Northern Canada.

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Band 3

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sean Collins "does an amazing job" on restructuring and insolvency matters in the oil and gas patch. Clients say: "He's always available, and gets up to speed very quickly." He acted for FTI Consulting as the monitor of a number of debtor companies in 2016, including Lightstream Resources and Quicksilver Resources.

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Band 3

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tony DeMarinis is recognised for his long-standing experience of Canadian and cross-border restructuring and insolvency proceedings. His recent work highlights include acting for Barclays as the financial adviser to Tervita in its recapitalisation transaction, as well as representing CPPIB Credit Investments in connection with a loan facility provided to Rubicon Minerals.

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Band 3

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Denis Ferland is highly thought of by his peers for his involvement in major restructurings in Québec and further afield. Alongside Jay Swartz, he recently advised Hale Capital Partners in connection with a DIP loan provided to RB Energy.

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Band 3

William C. Kaplan QC

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

William Kaplan QC is lauded for his substantial insolvency litigation expertise. In highlights, he represented CHC Helicopter Group in its application for Chapter 11 protection and foreign recognition proceedings before the British Columbia Supreme Court.

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Band 3

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Aubrey Kauffman is recognised for his capabilities in relation to cross-border restructuring and insolvency and related litigation matters. In highlights, he represented Resource FinanceWorks in connection with the recapitalisation of Banro, a Canadian gold company with assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Band 3

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Edmond Lamek "is great on his feet, great in front of a judge, is a quick thinker and is able to both explain things in a simple way and respond to the other side," say clients. He recently advised HUK 10 as the principal secured creditor in the receivership proceedings of HMV Canada. Since publication, he has joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP.

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Band 3

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Joseph Latham is held in high regard for his experience of Canadian commercial restructuring transactions involving parallel proceedings in the USA. He is also recognised for his experience of creditors' rights matters.

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Band 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market sources note the addition of Alex MacFarlane to the firm in late 2016, saying he is "a very capable, if quiet and unassuming fellow. He gives sage advice under the radar." One client enthused: "He is very approachable, easy to work with and talk to - he is open to creative solutions," adding: "Alex is happy to listen to and contemplate an idea, then help me realise it." Others are quick to describe MacFarlane as an "effective team player."

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Band 3

Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Calgary-based David Mann is highly regarded for his experience in Western Canada, and has appeared before Alberta's Bankruptcy Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the SCC. Sources say: "He is very strategic and has a deep level of expertise in the area." Mann represented Conuma Coal Resources in its USD35 million acquisition of the assets of Walter Energy.

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Band 3

Joseph Pasquariello

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Joseph Pasquariello is praised for his technical skills in the area of commercial bankruptcy. He advises on high-profile transactions, as well as related litigation.

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Band 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Elizabeth Pillon acts on insolvency litigation mandates and has a significant nationwide practice. She was involved in the restructurings of Golf Town and Co-op Atlantic and is regarded as "a great person to work with - very smart and with an amazing sense of humour."

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tony Reyes is praised for his "strong experience and technical expertise." He is recognised by the market for his role in the restructuring of Pacific Exploration.

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Band 3

McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Waël Rostom is commended by clients for "his creativity and ability to grasp complex issues very quickly." He acted for KPMG as the monitor of Walter Energy.

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Band 3

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Gale Rubenstein is regarded by interviewees as a "sage adviser on files" who has "unbelievable patience." She is particularly highly regarded for her expertise in relation to the pensions issues in large insolvencies.

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Band 3

Christopher D Simard

Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Practice group co-head Christopher Simard is regarded as being among the "next generation of leading practitioners" in this field. Notably, he advised Sanjel on the sale of its Canadian and US businesses as part of its CCAA and US Chapter 15 insolvency proceedings. One client said: "He is always the most reasonable guy in the room - he never gets agitated or overwhelmed, is easy to get along with and really responsive."

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Band 3

Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Since publication, Steven Weisz has joined Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP.

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Band 4

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jane Dietrich represented the joint venture partners acting as agent to Ben Moss Jewellers in connection with the liquidation of the company's assets across the country, as well as in their successful bid to acquire its designation rights. One client said: "I consider Jane to be truly the most practical lawyer for transactions which can become very sophisticated very fast, can have a lot of wrinkles and involve a lot of different players."

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Band 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Montréal-based Marc Duchesne stands out for his involvement in CCAA proceedings in the aviation industry. He also offers extensive experience of matters arising within the construction sector.

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Band 4

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Empey is a "very precise, technical person" who is recognised for his knowledge of the Bankruptcy Act as it applies within regulated industries.

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Band 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robb English is recognised for his representation of financial services sector clients in insolvency situations. His experience encompasses CCAA and BIA filings and distressed commercial loans.

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Band 4

Fishman Flanz Meland Paquin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Avram Fishman has a "great name" in the Québec restructuring and insolvency community. Throughout his long-standing career, he has advised on filings in the real estate and manufacturing industries, among others.

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Band 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jean Fontaine is the head of the litigation and restructuring groups in Montréal. He offers notable cross-border experience, and continues to advise Ernst & Young as monitor's counsel on litigation concerning a stalking horse bid for the assets of Bluberi Gaming Technologies.

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Band 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Steven Graff operates a varied practice with experience acting for various Schedule I banks, as well as private debt and equity investors and professional advisory firms. He has a strong reputation in court.

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Band 4

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Kibben Jackson is a litigator in the firm's Vancouver office, who can often be seen acting for financial services sector clients on insolvency files. He acted for Grant Thornton as the trustee and receiver of Endurance Wind Power.

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Band 4

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Ryan Jacobs is singled out by interviewees for his "tireless work ethic combined with his ability to quarterback large teams across multiple jurisdictions and to navigate solutions that seem impossible from the outset." He is widely acknowledged for his deep relationships with US firms and clients, having started his practice in New York.

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Band 4

Natasha MacParland

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Natasha MacParland is commended for her hands-on approach to restructuring and insolvency and wins recognition for her leadership on files. Sources say: "She is a decision maker who is very pragmatic and has a businesslike focus."

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Band 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Guy Martel is increasingly singled out as a practitioner of choice for restructuring matters in Montréal. He advised Raymond Chabot as the CCAA monitor of Développement Lachine Est, a Group Catania company.

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Band 4

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Grant Moffat represented various investors in Redstone Capital Corporation in a motion brought by the court-appointed receiver of RCC, Redstone Investment Corporation and Redstone Management Services concerning the substantive consolidation of the aforementioned estates. Clients say: "The quality of the advice that we get from Grant is exceptional."

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Band 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Linc Rogers is a commercial insolvency lawyer who acts for a wide range of players including DIP lenders and monitors. He offers notable experience of Canada/US cross-border mandates.

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Band 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Rubin is a seasoned litigator with a strong focus on creditors' rights and other insolvency matters. He is regarded by his peers as an "excellent lawyer" and regularly provides counsel to lending syndicates, debtors and monitors in insolvency proceedings.

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Band 4

Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Raj Sahni acted for SunEdison Canada on its CCAA filing. Clients say he is "very good at detailed legal agreement reviews," while others say he "is able to articulate complex issues in a very clear manner - he has the gift of being able to concisely and practically explain things."

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Band 4

Sylvain A Vauclair

Woods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sylvain Vauclair of Woods LLP is frequently engaged in large insolvency mandates in Québec, and is particularly well regarded for his litigation capabilities.

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Band 4

Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sean Zweig "is a terrific young lawyer" who often features on the firm's key files. Alongside Kevin Zych, he acted for Wilmington Trust as agent for the lenders in the restructuring of Connacher Oil and Gas.

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Band 5

George Benchetrit

Chaitons LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

George Benchetrit advises on commercial and insolvency litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He often represents shareholders, among other clients.

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Band 5

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Barbara Boake is respected for her litigation capabilities in the context of corporate restructuring. Sources say: "She has great knowledge, great judgement and doesn't over lawyer - she is very easy to work with."

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Band 5

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Colin Brousson is a former leader of the firm's national restructuring and insolvency group. Based in Vancouver, he offers experience of financial restructuring and distressed M&A, as well as Aboriginal law.

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Band 5

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Milly Chow was part of the Blakes team advising on the bankruptcy of Lightstream Resources. Her insolvency experience cuts across various sectors, including oil and gas, mining and retail.

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Band 5

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Cohen is described as being "very strong in the large deal space - he has a unique quality of being able to understand business and law and can marry the two together." He recently acted for Richter Advisory Group as the court-appointed receiver of HMV Canada.

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Band 5

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jeremy Dacks is well known for his insolvency litigation expertise, and his clients say "he has this amazing degree of calm in the face of a storm, while also being able to recall excruciating levels of detail." In notable highlights, he acted for the independent committee of the board of directors of Pacific Exploration in connection with its CCAA restructuring and foreign recognition proceedings in Colombia and the USA.

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Band 5

Martin Desrosiers

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Martin Desrosiers is based in Montréal, where he can frequently be seen playing a leading role on files. He acted for PwC as the monitor of Pascan Aviation.

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Band 5

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Larry Ellis advises on both commercial insolvency matters, as well as related litigation. He offers notable multi-jurisdictional experience and is described by clients as "commercial to the extreme - he's always looking out for innovative structures and ways of doing things."

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Band 5

Virginie Gauthier

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Virginie Gauthier was involved in the team advising on the Pacific Exploration restructuring. Based in Toronto, she is commended for her ability to work seamlessly in both English and French, and for her "ability to defuse tense situations."

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Band 5

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Roger Jaipargas advises on a range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including litigation and asset recovery. He recently acted for Modular Space in seeking recognition in Canada of its US bankruptcy proceedings. One source said: "He is one of the nicest professionals you could ever deal with."

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Band 5

Kugler Kandestin

From the Chambers Canada guide

Gerald Kandestin of Kugler Kandestin has a wide-ranging insolvency practice with a strong emphasis on secured lending. He also advises on commercial litigation, and is based in Montréal.

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Band 5

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Maria Konyukhova is a litigation partner who is "very good on the restructuring side." Her peers say: "She is a great litigator, as well as an insolvency practitioner." She was involved in the winding-up of Maple Bank Canada.

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Band 5

McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Adam Maerov is regularly involved in the firm's major files in the energy industry. He recently represented Scotiabank in connection with a secured credit facility provided to Virginia Hills Oil Company and in the appointment of Alvarez & Marsal as the receiver and manager of its assets. Interviewees say he is "very client focused and practical in advice given to arrive at an efficient outcome."

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Band 5

Fishman Flanz Meland Paquin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Meland advises on commercial insolvency transactions and related litigation. He has notable trial and appellate expertise.

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Band 5

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

D.J. Miller is recognised for her involvement in significant matters and is described by interviewees as "extremely strategic." She recently acted for Square Two Financial and 17 affiliated debtors on the implementation of a pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan and on obtaining a pre-filing stay of proceedings in Canada.

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Band 5

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clifton Prophet is well recognised for his expertise in the litigation aspects of insolvency. He acted alongside Derrick Tay on the restructuring of Algoma and is praised for his "very deep technical skills."

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Band 5

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Montréal-based Alain Riendeau is regarded as a "perfect blend of a litigator and a deal maker." He offers extensive experience before both trial and appellate courts in Québec.

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Band 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Department co-head Sylvain Rigaud is a highly regarded commercial litigator with a strong focus on insolvency. He acted for the monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Wabush Mines.

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Band 5

Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Roger Simard is regarded by one client as "the lawyer I would hire for pretty much anything in Québec. He combines the attributes I most value - he is smart, knowledgeable of the law, effective, a team player and easy to work with." Notably, he acted for Bluberi Gaming Technologies on its insolvency proceedings in Québec under the CCAA.

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Band 5

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jennifer Stam of Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP advises on domestic and international corporate restructuring transactions. She is highly regarded by her peers.

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Band 5

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Magnus Verbrugge is described by one interviewee as a "phenomenal lawyer." He acts for a wide range of stakeholders on bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and offers notable experience in relation to lending matters.

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Band 5

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Melaney Wagner is recognised by her peers for her involvement in high-profile matters. She acted for Golf Town on its CCAA proceedings as well as for Alvarez & Marsal as the monitor of Target. Sources say: "She is really distinguishing herself."

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Up and Coming

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Evan Cobb is a strong younger partner who is increasingly visible on the firm's key files. He comes recommended by clients for his support throughout the entire CCAA filing process.

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Up and Coming

Michael De Lellis

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael De Lellis is an increasingly visible member of the Osler insolvency and restructuring team. Alongside Marc Wasserman, he acted for Ben Moss Jewellers on its application for creditor protection under the CCAA.

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