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, and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. 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 court-appointed monitor on the CCAA proceedings of JTI-Macdonald Corp., involving over C$600-billion of claims asserted against it and the Canadian tobacco industry

  • Carillion Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Carillion plc, one of Canada's largest integrated construction support services and facilities management enterprises based in Ontario, which at the time of the commencement of its CCAA proceedings employed approximately 7,500 individuals across Canada

  • The Plan Administrator for the Sears Canada Pension Plan in the CCAA liquidation of Sears Canada

  • The monitor on the CCAA proceedings of certain Urbancorp condominium developments

  • The lending syndicate on the 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 most of the Canadian airline insolvencies, 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:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Leading Lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency)

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)

  • Benchmark Canada: Insolvency Litigator of the Year - 2019

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

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2019 Edition (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • IFLR1000: Women Leaders 2019

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 Edition (Litigation Star - Restructuring & Insolvency

  • 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)

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

  • 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)

  • 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 Restructuring & Insolvency, November 1, 2019.
Co-editor: A Year in Review
Commercial List Users’ Committee Newsletter, Issue #11, January 2019.
Co-editor: A Year in Review
Commercial List Users’ Committee Newsletter, Issue #10, January 2018.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Talk with the Titans
Turnaround Management Association NextGen Lunch and Learn, Toronto, Ontario, February 20, 2019.
Panellist: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 23, 2019.
Speaker: Debate on Changes to the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act
2018 Insolvency & Restructuring Exchange, Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2018.
Moderator: Future Political Issues
Turnaround Management Association Symposium, April 17, 2018.
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.
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