Canada: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

Our research this year highlights 81 practitioners who excel in providing advice on a range of matters including rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts and liquidations, among many others. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jay A Carfagnini Goodmans LLP, Toronto
2. John Sandrelli Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver
3. Josef G A Krüger QC Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calgary
4. Patrick T McCarthy QC Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calgary
5. David Bish Torys LLP, Toronto
6. Sean F Collins McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Calgary
7. Robert J Chadwick Goodmans LLP, Toronto
8. Marc Wasserman Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Goodmans performs well this year and sees seven practitioners listed in this chapter.
Jay Carfagnini leads the firm’s corporate restructuring practice and boasts significant experience in the field. He stands out for his particular expertise in complex cross-border proceedings.
Robert Chadwick specialises in cross-border restructurings, insolvency proceedings and corporate reorganisations and gains recognition for his first-class work on major commercial matters.
Brian Empey impresses sources with his strong understanding of insolvency proceedings. His practice focuses on securities firms and financial institutions and he is also recognised for his work on corporate restructurings.
Joe Latham focuses his impressive practice on bankruptcies, receiverships and restructurings, drawing praise for his work on high-profile cross-border deals.
Brendan O’Neill regularly advises clients on matters that range from cross-border insolvencies to chapter 11 reorganisations, areas in which he stands out for his strong expertise.  

Borden Ladner Gervais sees five individuals recognised here.
Josef Krüger QC is a leading light in the restructuring and insolvency market, drawing praise for his extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious matters.
Patrick McCarthy QC is described by sources as “an excellent practitioner”, recognised for his work on restructuring matters with a particular focus on the energy sector in addition to cross-border proceedings.
Alex MacFarlane has experience representing a wide range of clients from trustees to liquidators in domestic and cross-border restructurings and is commended by peers for his wealth of experience in the field.
Magnus Verbrugge is an effective practitioner known for the excellent advice he delivers to clients on foreclosures, receiverships and insolvency proceedings.
Marc Duchesne focuses his practice on providing high-quality advice and representation in cases involving security realisations, bankruptcies and corporate restructurings.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also receives five listings this year.
Kelly Bourassa is a highly experienced practitioner who is commended by peers for her “excellent work” advising on reorganisations, workouts and receiverships.
Peter Rubin is a top-class litigator who represents clients including debtor companies, lender syndicates and creditors in matters stemming from business insolvency cases.
William Kaplan QC draws praise for his outstanding litigation work in insolvency proceedings, working on a broad range of matters relating to corporate restructurings.
Pamela Huff leads the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group, impressing in both contentious and non-contentious cases with her knowledge and experience in the field.
Linc Rogers advises clients on high-profile, complex cross-border restructuring cases, and is particularly noted for his excellent work in the retail sector.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt sees five practitioners highlighted.
Marc Wasserman is a highly talented and well-regarded insolvency practitioner who frequently advises on domestic and cross-border restructuring matters for a wide range of clients.
Tracy Sandler impresses sources with her practice that focuses on corporate insolvency proceedings, working on complex reorganisations, restructurings and ancillary actions.
Sandra Abitan is a well-known name in the restructuring and insolvency market among domestic and international clients who benefit from her deep knowledge of the space.
Martin Desrosiers receives praise for his outstanding work in insolvency litigation as well as for his work acting for clients such as financial institutions and trustees in high-value corporate restructurings.
Jeremy Dacks is a seasoned litigator who is highly sought after for his experience on insolvency actions representing clients such as debtor corporations, trustees and secured creditors.

Bennett Jones achieves four listings here.
Chris Simard is “a fantastic litigator” who is recognised for his work acting for clients such as creditors, receivers and trustees in major insolvencies and restructurings.
Sean Zweig is commended by peers who describe him as “an excellent lawyer” and praise his work advising clients that range from shareholders to landlords in complex, high-profile restructuring cases.
Kevin Zych is recognised as a highly experienced practitioner who specialises in private loan workouts and court-supervised restructurings, often in cross-border cases.
Richard Orzy is a long-standing figure in the restructuring and insolvency field. He is frequently engaged to advise on complex insolvencies for clients that include trustees and high-profile foreign creditors.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell also sees four individuals highlighted.
Mary Buttery is a dedicated insolvency and restructuring practitioner who is highly sought after by financial institutions, receivers and trustees.
Ryan Jacobs has experience on both US and Canadian restructuring matters, making him an expert in cross-border proceedings.
Jane Dietrich focuses her top-notch practice on corporate reorganisations, enforcement of securities and creditor remedies, drawing praise from interviewees who say that she is “smart, savvy and effective in court”.
Shayne Kukulowicz impresses with his work on corporate reorganisations, commercial restructurings and liquidations, distinguishing himself as an experienced practitioner in the market.

McCarthy Tétrault receives four nominations in our research.
Sean Collins is described as “an amazing practitioner” by sources who recognise him as a leading player in the market. He brings over two decades of experience to matters such as reorganisations and insolvencies.
Philippe Bélanger draws praise as a highly experienced lawyer handling bankruptcy and restructuring work for clients that include financial institutions and investment funds.
Mason Poplaw has extensive experience in corporate restructuring and reorganisation matters, representing clients that include financial institutions and trustees.
James Gage regularly advises creditors and debtors in workouts, receiverships and bankruptcies, as well as insolvency proceedings.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg has four individuals recognised.
Jay Swartz focuses his practice on corporate restructuring issues, impressing sources with his strong knowledge of the insolvency market.
Denis Ferland is a standout litigator with extensive experience handling financial restructuring proceedings. He possesses over three decades of experience in insolvency and restructuring trials.
Natasha MacParland impresses sources with her outstanding work on complex insolvency matters, with her experience running the gamut of issues that include workouts, turnarounds and plans of arrangement.
Robin Schwill advises clients across a range of industries on complex insolvency matters, receiving praise for his experience and sophisticated approach to issues that include creditor rights enforcement and asset sales.

Gowling WLG sees two practitioners listed in this chapter.
Derrick Tay is a sophisticated and knowledgeable practitioner who is highlighted by peers for his restructuring practice that focuses on reorganisations, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.
Colin Brousson represents a wide variety of clients including debtors, monitors and trustees in insolvency matters, gaining recognition for his impressive work in the market.

Thornton Grout Finnigan attains two listings here
Robert Thornton is a standout insolvency lawyer who draws praise for his superb work on high-profile and high-value deals.
DJ Miller is highly regarded within the insolvency field and is particularly commended for her work in insolvency litigation proceedings.

At Dentons, managing partner John Sandrelli stands out as one of the most prominent restructuring and insolvency practitioners in the country, with over 25 years’ experience advising clients in the field.

David Bish at Torys is “a thorough and knowledgeable lawyer” who has “superior knowledge of the law in this area” and wins praise for his “deep experience” in the restructuring and insolvency space.

Christopher Ramsay at Clark Wilson is a well-known name in the insolvency market with extensive experience advising on large restructuring deals.

At Brauti Thorning Zibarras, Steven Weisz excels in insolvency work and impresses peers with his work on complex domestic and international matters.

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