Canada: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017

This year’s research features 77 leading restructuring and insolvency lawyers who have been recommended for their expertise representing creditors, banks and financial institutions, as well as debtors, trustees and companies in bankruptcy proceedings. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Sandrelli Dentons Canada, Vancouver
2. Robert Chadwick Goodmans, Toronto
3. Howard Gorman QC Norton Rose Fulbright, Calgary
4. Jay Carfagnini Goodmans, Toronto
5. Marc Wasserman Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto
6. Tracy Sandler Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto

GOODMANS is a dominant force in the restructuring and insolvency market and achieves an impressive eight listings in this chapter.
Jay Carfagnini is a market-leading authority in the field and “an absolute pleasure to work with”, according to peers. Sources commend his responsiveness to the needs of various stakeholders in complex restructurings, particularly those involving private equity companies.
Robert Chadwick is “an eminent figure” and occupies a prominent position at the forefront of the Canadian market. He draws praise for his expert handling of cross-border restructuring and acquisitions.
Brendan O'Neill impresses peers with his “user-friendly and responsive” style of delivery.

Six impressive lawyers from BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON are listed here.
Pamela Huff is “certainly a leader in the field” and is held in high regard for her strong litigation practice and vast experience in cross-border restructuring transactions.  
Peter Rubin is “an exceptionally bright lawyer” who enjoys a superb reputation for his strong litigation practice. He provides expert representation to both debtors and creditors in multimillion-dollar proceedings and is highly regarded for his work in the space. 
Linc Rogers is an esteemed lawyer at the firm who stands out for his strategic approach to complex restructurings in Canada and abroad.   

Research identifies five lawyers from BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS in this chapter.
Josef Kruger QC is a highly visible figure and “a true leader” in the field. He is highlighted for his superb litigation practice in proceedings concerning cross-border restructuring and bankruptcy matters.
Alex MacFarlane also gains recognition in this edition and enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as “an excellent all-round practitioner”.

OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT sees four practitioners listed here.
The “outstanding” Marc Wasserman is widely regarded as a leading figure in the Canadian market. Clients praise his “commercial outlook and strategic approach” to business-critical cases.
Tracy Sandler is “a fine lawyer” who stands out for her expert handling of cross-border restructurings and acquisitions.

Four FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN practitioners are included in this chapter.
John Grieve enjoys a superb reputation as “the go-to guy” for complex restructuring and insolvency matters. He represents banks and major private and publicly traded companies and is highly regarded for his work in the space.  
Kibben Jackson boasts a strong dispute resolution practice. He stands out among peers for his vast expertise in insolvency matters and pragmatic approach to complex cross-border proceedings.

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG achieves four listings.
Peers “cannot speak highly enough” of Jay Swartz, who is commended for “his excellent judgement, and his ability to cover all angles of an issue and to produce innovative solutions”.
Denis Ferland represents large companies and major financial institutions. He is highly recommended for his superb litigation practice, effective restructuring advice and superb strategic insights.

Four standout lawyers at STIKEMAN ELLIOTT are listed here.
Elizabeth Pillon receives wide-ranging endorsements for her excellent dispute resolution practice. She is a highly sought-after representative to numerous debtors, trustees and creditors and is regularly engaged in high-profile restructuring proceedings. 
Ashley Taylor is an esteemed expert in insolvency law. He is highly visible in the market and draws praise for his expert handling of complex disputes. 

GOWLING WLG achieves four listings in this year’s restructuring and insolvency research.
Derrick Tay is “the big name at Gowling”. Peers highlight his longstanding expertise in the field, pragmatic approach and regular involvement in high-profile proceedings.
Denis St-Onge is a litigation specialist who draws praise for his expert representations in high-value disputes.

Research identifies three highly regarded lawyers from MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT.
Sean Collins is “certainly a pre-eminent name in Alberta”. He stands out for his experience acting for lenders and financial institutions in complex restructurings in the oil and gas industries, as well as his smooth handling of cross-border transactions.
Philippe Bélanger is “one of the best litigators in Montreal”, say peers. He is highlighted for the depth of his expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters.
James Gage is “a standout name at the firm” and impresses peers with his meticulous advice in international restructuring matters.

BENNETT JONES also achieves three listings in this chapter.
Chris Simard is “clearly at the top of the game” and is regularly engaged by debtors and creditors in large insolvency and restructuring proceedings.
Richard Orzy is “at the top of the list” for bond holders, foreign investors and private equity clients, according to peers. He represents both debtors and creditors and market sources speak highly of his particular experience in the energy industry.
Kevin Zych is “an excellent lawyer” who is “very strong” in cross-border restructuring matters. He is highly visible in the market and boasts a first-class dispute resolution practice. 

DENTONS CANADA achieves two listings.
John Sandrelli is “a leading name in British Columbia”, known for his terrific expertise representing creditors in high-value insolvency files.
“Go-to lawyer” David Mann is a seasoned litigator in insolvency proceedings before state and supreme courts. Respondents speak highly of his sophisticated handling of high-value acquisitions.

Two leading lawyers at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL are identified here.
Mary Buttery is a firm favourite among clients and is highlighted for her first-rate counsel on a broad range of insolvency matters. She also boasts a strong litigation practice and is well known for her enforcement work.
Shayne Kukulowicz impresses clients with “his ability to capture the big picture, his practical approach and excellent execution in support of a mandate”.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT sees three practitioners included in this chapter. This includes Howard Gorman QC, who is widely regarded as “a certain leader in Calgary”. He enjoys a fantastic reputation for his civil litigation practice and “is really at the top of his game”.

At boutique firm THORNTON GROUT FINNIGAN, founding partner Robert Thornton “stands out above the crowd” for his phenomenal commercial insights and seamless handling of high-profile restructuring files.

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