In this chapter, we present Canada’s 82 foremost restructuring and insolvency lawyers. They are distinguished by their extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on complex insolvency, restructuring and recapitalisation issues.
Most Highly Regarded
Blake Cassels & Graydon performs well in our research this year, with five listings.
Pamela Huff is lauded as “a tremendously skilled restructuring and insolvency lawyer” and has amassed three decades of experience in the field.
Kelly Bourassa earns acclamation for her stellar practice, which spans litigious and commercial restructuring matters for an array of clients including financial institutions, debtors, lenders and creditors.
Peter Rubin is highlighted as “a terrific lawyer” with more than 20 years of experience representing debtors, lender syndicates and creditors in a range of insolvency matters.
Linc Rogers enjoys a strong reputation as a go-to for cross-border restructuring issues involving US law.
William Kaplan QC is highly sought-after for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution, and focuses his broad practice on restructuring and securities matters, as well as a diverse range of other corporate disputes.
Goodmans earns eight listings in this chapter.
Jay Carfagnini is singled out as a stalwart of the Canadian restructuring market. He is revered for his expertise in restructuring matters that intersect with US chapter 11 and UK administration proceedings.
Robert Chadwick emerges as one of Canada’s leading restructuring and insolvency specialists. He is well-versed in cross-border restructuring and financing proceedings.
Brendan O’Neill is revered for his wealth of experience in cross-border and mass-tort restructurings, as well as strategic bankruptcy acquisitions.
Joe Latham regularly represents purchasers, debtors, creditors and financial institutions in complex restructuring matters.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell sees five lawyers highlighted here.
Mary Buttery QC is “among the country’s most impressive restructuring lawyers” with a well-established practice encompassing debt restructuring, corporate reorganisations and receivership issues.
Jane Dietrich earns praise as “a highly intelligent and tenacious lawyer” with vast experience advising on formal and informal reorganisations, unsecured creditor remedies and a spectrum of other restructuring and insolvency issues.
The “excellent” Shayne Kukulowicz is “an extremely smart, practical and experienced practitioner” who stands out as a go-to for creditor remedies, liquidations and corporate reorganisations.
Bennett Jones is home to four practitioners noted in this chapter.
Chris Simard is a sterling name who creditors, debtors, receivers and trustees rely on for the gamut of bankruptcy and restructuring matters.
Sean Zweig comes highly esteemed for his top-notch restructuring and insolvency work on behalf of insolvent corporations, creditors, shareholders and trustees.
Kevin Zych is identified for his expansive knowledge of private loan work-outs and supervised restructurings.
David Gruber is recognised as a “sensational lawyer” with considerable experience advising monitors, trustees, receivers and creditors in large-scale insolvency cases.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg sees four lawyers nominated this year.
Robin Schwill is frequently recommended as an authority on Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
Denis Ferland is noted as “a market-leading practitioner” with more than 30 years of experience leading on complex restructuring and insolvency briefs.
Natasha MacParland commands a splendid reputation for her expertise in deal structuring, lending, bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings.
Jay Swartz is renowned as a “seasoned lawyer with extensive experience in bankruptcy law”.
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt achieves five nominations.
Tracy Sandler has amassed close to 30 years of experience dealing with corporate recapitalisations, restructurings and divestitures in the Canadian market.
Marc Wasserman impresses with his splendid domestic and international work on complex recapitalisations, divestures and reorganisations.
Sandra Abitan has more than 30 years of experience in complex cross-border reorganisations, restructurings and strategic acquisitions.
Jeremy Dacks receives effusive praise for his strong track record in bankruptcy and insolvency litigation.
Robert Thornton with Thornton Grout Finnigan is touted as “a true pioneer and mentor with extensive experience in the restructuring field”.
John Sandrelli at Dentons is singled out as a “top-choice for the full range of insolvency matters” and comes highly sought-after across a spectrum of industries and sectors including cannabis, mining, real estate, aviation and retail.
David Mann applies more than 25 years of experience to his first-rate insolvency practice which sees him regularly representing lenders, debtors, trustees and creditors operating in the energy and natural resources sectors.
Stikeman Elliott’s Elizabeth Pillon comes highly commended as “a tremendously smart, focused and practical lawyer” who emphasises her “market-leading practice” on cross-border insolvency litigation and corporate restructurings.
Harvey Chaiton at Chaitons is “certainly one of the top restructuring and insolvency lawyers in Canada”. He advises domestic and international financial institutions and public corporations on restructurings, receiverships, bankruptcy and litigation issues.
George Benchetrit is highlighted for his 25-plus years of experience navigating clients through complex bankruptcy and insolvency litigation proceedings.
With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Sean Collins at McCarthy Tétrault earns plaudits for his immaculate understanding of corporate reorganisations, insolvency matters and debt restructurings.
Kibben Jackson with Fasken is a “fantastic lawyer” with a profound understanding of insolvency law and a wealth of experience advising on corporate restructurings.
John Grieve QC is distinguished by his “long and illustrious career” which sees him regularly advising clients across an array of industries and sectors on a spectrum of restructuring and insolvency issues.
Jennifer Stam of Norton Rose Fulbright is a “truly remarkable practitioner” who excels in formal and out-of-court restructurings and enforcement proceedings at home and abroad.
Josef Krüger QC at Borden Ladner Gervais is a prominent name in the Canadian market thanks to his four decades of experience handling complex insolvency briefs.
Mario Forte at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber is “an extremely clever and practical lawyer” who is renowned for his adept handling of domestic and cross-border financial institution restructurings and insolvencies.