Chris Burr
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261

Chris's practice focuses on corporate restructuring, insolvency litigation and debt enforcement, including domestic and cross-border debt financing, distressed mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings.

Chris regularly acts for secured creditors, court-appointed officers, debtor companies and other stakeholders in multi-party insolvency matters. He has significant experience as counsel to lenders and other creditors in complex debt restructurings. He also advises insolvency professionals such as trustees, receivers and monitors in formal court proceedings.

Chris articled with the Firm but took time away from Blakes for 18 months in 2012 and 2013 to work as general counsel at a venture capital company. While there, he advised on the structuring of start-up acquisitions, bridge financing and regulatory matters, as well as marketing, publishing and privacy issues.


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

  • The DIP lender in Toys-R-Us cross-border Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings (retail)

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

  • American Apparel Canada in connection with its cross-border marketing process and subsequent liquidation (retail)

  • The monitor of Co-op Atlantic in connection with the marketing and sale of its business and successful restructuring plan (retail)

  • A significant stakeholder in Maple Bank GmbH’s liquidation (foreign banking)

  • The monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Universal Settlements International Inc. (life settlements)

  • The monitor and subsequent receiver of First Leaside Group (securities)

  • The receiver of Buckingham Securities (securities)

  • An aircraft lessor and tour operator in the receivership of Skyservice Airlines Inc. (aerospace)

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Speaker: Top Five Cases of the Year in Bankruptcy and Fraud Recovery Law
Bankruptcy and Fraud Recovery Law Conference, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, November 9, 2017.
Co-speaker: Priorities, Subordination Agreements and Intercreditor Agreements
The Intensive Short Course in Secured Lending and Debt Finance, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, November 9, 2017.
Co-speaker: Priority Payables in ABL
Inaugural Conference on Asset-Based Lending, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, Ontario, February 24 & 25, 2016.
Speaker: Enforceability Issues
2nd Loan Documentation Course, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario, January 19 & 20, 2016.
Speaker: Protecting/Pursuing the Assets of Owner-Managers and Closely-Held Companies
'Setting Up/Knocking Down Asset Protection Structures' Conference, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, March 3, 2015.
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