OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

 

“The work they have done for us has been excellent. They are very responsive, and pay incredible attention to detail. They are strong on technical issues and their communication skills are outstanding.”

 Client comments, Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

Insolvency Firm of the Year

Benchmark Canada Awards: Recognizing the
Leading Litigators and Litigation Firms in Canada (2014)
 


In recent years, many companies are experiencing shrinking asset values and increasing debt burdens. Effectively dealing with these issues requires guidance from lawyers who can assist with restructuring, insolvency and funding challenges.

The Blakes Restructuring & Insolvency group is recognized as one of Canada’s leading insolvency teams, and our group members are consistently named by clients and peers as leaders in restructuring and insolvency law. Comprised of experienced insolvency lawyers located in Canada's four main business centres—Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver—the Blakes team is strategically situated to meet our clients’ needs regardless of where the parties are located.

The diversity, experience and depth of the Restructuring & Insolvency group and our ability to meet the immediate and critical demands of our clients are unmatched. That is why a wide variety of stakeholders impacted by restructuring and insolvency come to Blakes for guidance. These stakeholders include distressed borrowers, subordinated and unsubordinated creditors, trustees, and investors seeking to buy in distressed circumstances. Companies emerging from restructuring also engage Blakes because of our extensive experience and skill in resolving post-restructuring issues, including corporate governance and leadership, financing, securities, trading, and accounting matters.

Important aspects of our Restructuring & Insolvency practice include workouts and restructurings, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, security enforcement, acquisitions of businesses in financial difficulty, purchase and sale of the assets of financially distressed companies, insolvency professional retainers, and fraud loss and recovery.
 
We handle all types of proceedings relating to distressed companies including cross-border Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)/Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases, formal and informal insolvency proceedings and workouts, representing clients in a wide range of industries. From forestry, pulp and paper, mining, and energy to industrial and manufacturing, information technology, retail, hospitality financial services, and biotech, we represent clients in virtually every industry.
 
The Restructuring & Insolvency group is involved in the largest complex restructurings in Canada, which requires not only the bench strength of our national group but also ready access to other specialized Blakes lawyers. Together with our colleagues with specialized expertise in financial services, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, tax, employment and labour, pensions, securities, competition, real estate, environmental, financial services, and intellectual property, the Blakes Restructuring & Insolvency team consistently provides clients with results-driven, comprehensive and effective solutions to the unique and complex situations they face. Using a combination of transactional and litigation skills, we effectively assist our clients in accomplishing their goals.
 

 

Representative Matters

  • Catalyst Paper Corporation – Representing Catalyst (and related Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates) in connection with its CCAA and Chapter 15 proceedings—the restructuring of Catalyst's C$750-million debt, capital structure and operations.
  • OPTI Canada Inc. – Representing The Toronto-Dominion Bank, administrative agent for the lending syndicate, under OPTI’s C$190-million senior syndicated credit facility and also certain lender hedge providers in the CCAA/Canada Business Corporations Act restructuring of OPTI.
  • Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. – Representing the administrative agent to the first-lien lenders and administrative agent and collateral agent to the second-lien lenders, collectively owed in excess of US$200-million, in the CCAA proceedings of Aveos.
  • Cinram International Income Fund – Representing the DIP lenders and the prepetition first and second-lien Lenders in the CCAA/Chapter 15 proceedings of Cinram and its North American subsidiaries.
  • Timminco Limited – Representing FTI Consulting Canada Inc., the court-appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Timminco, with respect to the sale of the business in a CCAA court-supervised auction sales process.
  • First Leaside Wealth Management Inc. – Representing Grant Thornton Limited, the court-appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of the First Leaside Group; the total indebtedness exceeded C$500-million.
  • St. Mary’s Paper – Representing the U.S.-based senior secured lender with respect to its appointment of a receiver over a pulp and paper mill located in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Our members are consistently recognized by clients and peers as leaders in restructuring and insolvency law in the most recent editions of such leading publications and awards as:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law (Insolvency and Restructuring)
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4236
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate Governance, Life Sciences, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4006
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4218
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4185
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2594
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3860
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hospitality & Leisure, Real Estate Financing, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9724
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Energy, Oil & Gas, Restructuring & Insolvency, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Cannabis, Credit Unions
General Counsel and Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2572
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Banking
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4020
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Product Liability, Restructuring & Insolvency, Aviation/Aerospace, Manufacturing, Banking, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5227
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Product Liability
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2958
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3304
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Capital Markets, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, IP Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5032
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, IP Licensing & Agreements, IP Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2789
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Asset-Based Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, REITs, Gaming, Infrastructure, Banking, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4066
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Arbitration
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2164
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Restructuring & Insolvency, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9792
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Energy Litigation, Cannabis
Office Managing Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9648
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Energy, Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, IP Litigation
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9664
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, LNG
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9707
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Cannabis, Financial Services, Banking, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Life Sciences, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9731
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
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