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 with a particular focus on cross-border matters. In addition to acting for a broad cross section of domestic clients, Linc is routinely retained by U.S. private equity and hedge funds and U.S. headquartered asset based lenders to provide strategic and legal advice for some of their most complicated mandates.

Linc is also a leading contributor to continuing legal education. He has published extensively in scholarly journals and trade publications for almost two decades and now sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Canada’s leading insolvency law publication. 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:

  • syncreon Group B.V. and its Canadian affiliates in the cross-border balance sheet restructuring of C$1.1-billion of funded debt (logistics)

  • The court-appointed monitor in the insolvency proceedings of JTI-Macdonald Corp. involving over C$600-billion of claims asserted against the tobacco industry (manufacturing)

  • 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 - 2019-2020 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2019-2020 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2018-2019 (Financial Restructuring)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2019 Edition

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017-2018 (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

  • 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)

  • 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, November 14, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, January 7, 2019.
Co-author: Concordia International Corp.’s Canada Business Corporations Act Proceedings Explained
Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Vol. 31, No. 2, December 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, October 4, 2018.
Co-author: Retail Insolvencies in Canada: Parent Perspective
Journal of Corporate Renewal, Turnaround Management Association, Vol. 31, No. 2, March 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, February 28, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, December 6, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, October 10, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Restructuring & Insolvency, July 17, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Adding Generational Perspectives – Extending the Diversity Conversation
Association of Corporate Counsel, Ontario Chapter, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2019.
Panellist: Recent Cases of Interest and Cases to Watch
Insolvency Litigation, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, April 12, 2019.
Moderator: Diverse Perspectives on the Turnaround Profession
TMA Perspective Series, Turnaround Management Association, Toronto, Ontario, November 13, 2018.
Panellist: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 24, 2018.
Moderator: Opportunities, Challenges, and Initiatives for Fostering Diversity in Law Developments
Association of Corporate Counsel, Ontario Chapter, Toronto, Ontario, November 28, 2017.
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.
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