Peter Rubin
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3315

Peter's commercial litigation practice focuses on contractual disputes, tort claims, shareholder and securities litigation, corporate arrangements, equitable remedies, including fiduciary duties and creditors' rights.

Peter's restructuring and insolvency practice involves advising debtor companies, lender syndicates, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of distressed assets, debtor-in-possession lenders, and other parties affected by business insolvency issues. He has acted as independent counsel for monitors in reorganization cases, receivers and trustees in bankruptcy.

In addition to appearing frequently in all levels of Court in British Columbia, Peter has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, as well as numerous administrative tribunals, arbitrators and mediators.


Representative retainers include acting as counsel for:

Commercial Litigation

  • Successful defendants in the lengthy trial concerning ownership of the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team and arena

  • The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games in defending multiple business-loss claims

  • Approximately 40 British Columbia Credit Unions in a successful income tax appeal in the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal through a lead test case

Restructuring & Insolvency

  • Catalyst Paper Corporation, a multi-national paper company with approximately $750-million of debt in a Canadian-U.S. cross border proceeding

  • Credit Suisse AG, as pre-filing secured lender and post-filing debtor-in-possession lender of a multi-national mining company (Great Basin Gold Ltd.) with operations and assets in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada

  • Sterling Shoes, a national retail chain with more than 150 retail locations

  • Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Inc., a large multi-jurisdictional gaming operator that successfully restructured in excess of $1-billion of debt

  • A secured creditor owed in excess of $150-million in relation to the insolvency of a multi-national forest company (Pope & Talbot) in a Canadian-U.S. cross-border proceeding

  • Wells Fargo Capital Finance LLP, as debtor-in-possession and exit lender to Angiotech Pharmaceuticals


Peter is ranked as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2016-2018 (Litigation: General Commercial – British Columbia and Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2015-2017 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2009-2017 (Dispute Resolution and Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2011-2016 and 2018 (Corporate & Commercial Litigation and Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: 2010, 2013, 2015-2017 (Insolvency & Restructuring)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - 2010-2015 and 2017 (Insolvency & Restructuring)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2013-2015 (National Litigation Star: Commercial - Insolvency; Local Litigation Star: British Columbia - Insolvency)

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