Pamela L. J. Huff
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2958

Pamela is the National Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Restructuring & Insolvency group, with 30 years of experience in the field. She is experienced in all areas of insolvency practice, including both the litigation and commercial aspects of workouts, reorganizations, receiverships and other enforcement of security.

Pamela has acted as counsel to debtors, financial institutions, asset-backed lenders, debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, receivers, trustees and monitors in complex domestic and cross-border insolvencies, across a wide range of industries. She has also acted for purchasers in significant acquisitions through insolvency proceedings and has particular expertise with aircraft financings and airline insolvencies.

Pamela has appeared in all levels of court across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some of the cases on the public record in which Pam has been involved include acting for:

  • The lending syndicate on the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings of Endurance Energy Ltd.

  • The lending syndicate on the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 restructuring proceedings of Sanjel Group

  • The monitor of Express Canada on the CCAA proceedings and liquidation of its retail fashion stores in Canada

  • The secured creditor in its successful credit bid for the Trump International Hotel and Tower

  • The monitor of Co-op Atlantic on the sale of its assets and successful restructuring plan

  • The monitor and subsequent receiver of First Leaside Group

  • The monitor of the multi-use condominium/retail development of Mady Collier Centre Ltd.

  • The debtors, Québec Lithium Inc. and RB Energy Inc., et al., on their proceedings under the CCAA

  • A Canadian securities firm on the cross-border liquidation of Montaque Capital Partners Limited

  • Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. on its restructuring and subsequent sale process

  • The acquisition lender on the successful restructuring of Canwest Publishing Group

  • The DIP lenders, which provided the C$1-billion DIP facility in favour of Quebecor

  • Significant stakeholders on cross-border engagements, including U.S. Steel, Nortel, General Motors, Bombay Furniture, Pope & Talbot, and Destinator Technologies

  • The court-appointed receiver of Kraus Inc., Kraus Canada Inc. and Strudex Fibres Limited on the credit bid sale of the business

  • The senior secured creditor and court-appointed receiver on the insolvency and subsequent sale of The Rosseau, a luxury condominium hotel, conference centre and spa, and Canada's first JW Marriott Resort and Spa

  • The debtors in Linens n' Things Canada, SemCanada Crude, and Athletes World

  • Aircraft lessors and secured creditors on virtually all Canadian airline insolvencies in the past decade, including Canadian Airlines, Canada 3000, Air Canada and Skyservice

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Pamela is recognized as a leading Canadian restructuring and insolvency lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)

  • Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring 2017

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2017 Edition (Leading Lawyer - Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer - Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2015

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2015 Edition (National Litigation Star: Insolvency; Local Litigation Star: Ontario - Insolvency)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015

  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Leading Corporate Lawyers, June 2014

In 2011, Pamela received the Women in Restructuring Mentorship Award presented by the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter). In 2012, she was recognized by the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter) as a Trailblazer for Women in Restructuring.

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution or Restructuring & Insolvency , November 18, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, January 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Restructuring and Insolvency: Recent Canada - US Developments
Blakes Business Class Seminar, New York, New York, June 8, 2017.
Moderator: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 26, 2017.
Moderator: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 19, 2016.
Panellist: The Great Debate: Controversial Topics in Restructuring Proceedings
2015 Symposium, Made in Canada Restructuring from Coast to Coast, Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter), April 22, 2015
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