Linc Rogers
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4168

Linc acts as a principal advisor to key stakeholders in some of Canada's most complex domestic and cross-border restructurings and distressed acquisitions. 

Linc gained insights into cross-border mandates as a key member of the Blakes U.S. initiative team, having relocated to the United States from 2004 to 2007 to assist in establishing our U.S. presence.  Upon his return to Toronto, Linc developed a leading restructuring practice and a recognized expertise in cross-border matters.  Linc is now routinely retained by U.S. private equity and hedge funds, U.S. headquartered asset based lenders and prominent financial advisory firms acting in various court appointed capacities to provide strategic and legal advice for some of their most complicated mandates.

Linc is chair of Blakes Distressed Retail Sub-Group and has played prominent roles in some of Canada’s largest retail insolvencies.

Linc is also a leading contributor to continuing legal education.  His work has been cited by courts in various Canadian jurisdictions, having published extensively in scholarly journals and trade publications for almost two decades.  He is an invited speaker at conferences and seminars throughout Canada and the U.S.  Many of his speaking engagements address diversity issues in the legal profession, and he has been recognized for his pioneering accomplishments in this area.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent engagements in which Linc acted as lead or co-lead counsel include acting for:

  • The DIP lender in the U.S.$2.3-billion DIP facility to Toys "R" Us (retail)

  • The court-appointed monitor in the insolvency proceedings of Express Fashion Canada (retail))

  • A broad cross-section of trade suppliers in the Sears Canada insolvency proceedings (retail))

  • The largest group of unsecured trade suppliers in the Target Canada insolvency (served on court-appointed Consultative Committee) (retail)

  • The agent for a syndicate of senior secured creditors in the Concordia International restructuring proceedings (pharmaceutical)

  • The lender in the U.S.$360-million exit financing in the Tervita Corporation restructuring (oil and gas)

  • The court-appointed monitor in Primus Telecommunications' cross-border restructuring (telecom)

  • The DIP lender in the Colossus Minerals restructuring (mining)

  • The DIP lenders in the Digital Domain Group cross-border proceedings (high tech)

  • The trustee of MF Global U.S. in connection with its claims in the bankruptcy of MF Global Canada (financial services)

  • The DIP lenders in the Northstar Aviation cross-border restructuring proceedings (aeronautics)

  • The court-appointed monitor in the Timminco Limited restructuring proceedings (mining)

  • Indalex Limited in the Canada/U.S. cross-border restructuring proceedings (manufacturing)

  • The purchaser of Blockbuster U.S.'s assets in the receivership proceedings of Blockbuster Canada (retail)

  • Linens 'N Things in its Canada/U.S. cross-border insolvency proceedings (retail)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Linc is an experienced insolvency lawyer recognized in the following publications, particularly for his extensive Canada/U.S. cross-border work and lead role on large transactions:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2017 Edition
  • Lexpert Magazine, June 2016 (2016 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada)
  • Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion, June 2016
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Canada: Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2016 Edition
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015 (Insolvency & Restructuring)
  • The 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The 2013 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)
  • Lexpert Magazine, November/December 2012 (named a "Lexpert Rising Star," honouring Canada's leading lawyers under 40)
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Insolvency and Restructuring, Report on Business Magazine, November 2012 (recognizing Canada's leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, October 10, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, July 17, 2017.
Co-author: What Does "Good Faith" Mean in Insolvency Proceedings?
Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, Vol 4, p.55, September 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Debater: Whether to Adopt U.S. Style Cram Down in Canada
Insolvency Institute of Canada Annual Conference and General Meeting, Banff, Alberta, September 15, 2017.
Presenter: Restructuring and Insolvency: Recent Canada - U.S. Developments
Blakes Business Class Seminar, New York, New York, June 8, 2017.
Panellist: Negotiating in Good Faith: I always Do, It's Her You Can't Trust
Insolvency Institute of Canada Annual Conference and General Meeting, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 26, 2015.
Panellist: Investment Firm Insolvencies
CAIRP 11th Annual Commercial Insolvency and Restructuring Program - Staying the Course, March 31, 2015.
Co-chair: 12th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference,
Toronto, Ontario, February 6, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: 2016 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
Article by Jean Cumming, Lexpert Magazine, November/December 2016.
Interviewed: Law Society seeks to break down damaging racial barriers
Article by Jeff Gray; The Globe and Mail, February 16, 2015.
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