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Representative cases on the public record include representing:

  • The lender syndicate in the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) and bankruptcy proceedings of Vari-Form Inc. (automotive)

  • The lender syndicate in the cross-border CCAA recognition proceedings of the Chapter 11 proceedings of the Hollander Sleep Products Group (manufacturing)

  • The secured lender in the proposal proceedings and bankuptcy of Gymboree Canada (retail)

  • Court-appointed receiver and construction lien trustee of Urbancorp (Leslieville) Developments Inc., Urbancorp (Riverdale) Developments Inc. and Urbancorp (The Beach) Developments Inc. (construction/real estate development)

  • The debtors in the CCAA proceedings of Lightstream Resources Ltd., 1863359 Alberta Ltd., LTS Resources Partnership, 1863360 Alberta Ltd. and Bakken Resources Partnership (oil and gas)

  • The DIP and pre-petition lender syndicate in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 restructuring proceedings of the Sanjel Group (oil and gas)

  • The debtors in the CCAA proceedings of Bloom Lake General Partner Limited, Quinto Mining Corporation, 8568391 Canada Limited, Cliffs Québec Iron Mining ULC (formerly, Cliffs Québec Iron Mining Limited), Bloom Lake Railway Company Limited, The Bloom Lake Iron Ore Mine Limited Partnership, Wabush Resources Inc., Wabush Iron Co. Limited, Wabush Mines, Arnaud Railway Company and Wabush Lake Railway Company Limited (mining)

  • A secured lender in the CCAA proceedings of Plasco Energy Group (waste recycling)

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

  • The DIP and pre-petition lender syndicate in the multi-jurisdictional proceedings under the CCAA, Chapter 11 (United States) and Business Rescue Proceedings (South Africa) of Great Basin Gold Ltd. (mining)

  • The DIP and pre-petition lender syndicate in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceedings of the Cinram Group (manufacturing)

  • The administrative agent for the first-lien lender syndicate and the administrative agent and collateral agent for the second-lien lender syndicate in the Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. CCAA proceedings (aircraft maintenance)

  • The debtor in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceedings of Catalyst Paper Corporation (pulp and paper)

  • The debtor in the Sterling Shoes CCAA proceedings (retail)

  • The DIP, exit and pre-petition lender in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceedings of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (pharmaceutical)

  • The purchaser and then debtor in the Athletes World Limited CCAA proceedings (retail)

  • The DIP lender and major business partner in the Air Canada CCAA proceedings (airline)

  • The lender syndicate in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings of Mosaic Group (marketing)

  • The lender syndicate in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings of Philip Services Corp. (environmental)

Awards & Recognition

Milly's contribution to restructuring and insolvency law has been recognized by the following leading publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2015-2021 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2013-2021 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers - 2020

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2016-2020 (Financial Restructuring)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2015-2020 (Canada: Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms - 2018-2019 (Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2016-2017 (Recommended - Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • Legal Media Group's Rising Stars - 2016-2017

Professional Activities

Milly is Past Global Chair (2018) and President (2017) of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).  TMA is an association of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals with more than 9,000 members in 52 chapters worldwide (32 in North America and 20 internationally).

Prior to joining the TMA Global executive board, Milly was past president of the Toronto chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA Toronto) (2012-2013).

She is also the founding co-chair of TMA Toronto's annual Spring Gala, which honours the contributions of women in the Toronto turnaround community and raises funds for local women's charities that demonstrate a strong commitment to turning around women's lives. The Spring Gala has raised approximately C$500,000 for local women's charities since 2011.

Milly is a member of the 2019 ABI Cross-Border Program Advisory Board.

Milly is also a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC), an association of senior insolvency professionals and currently serves as chair of the IIC Symposium Committee and co-chair of the 2020 IIC Virtual Annual Conference.

Milly was a member of the Advisory Council for the 2017 and 2018 M&A Distressed Investing Summit.

As an active participant in legal education, Milly has authored and co-authored, for many years, several chapters of the Business Law Reference Materials for the Law Society of Ontario lawyer licensing process in the areas of debt financing, secured transactions and insolvency.

Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: Cross-Border Transactions Virtual Workshop: Trends and Tools in the New Economy
    Lex Mundi, September 2, 2020.
  • Panellist: Investing and the Impact of COVID-19, both from a Business and a Policy Standpoint
    Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments, Virtual, May 14, 2020.
  • Moderator: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 23, 2019.
  • Panellist: Stalwarts Roundtable – Cross-Border Turnarounds: The Globalization of Reorganization
    2018 Distressed Investing Summit, The M&A Advisor, Palm Beach, Florida, March 21, 2018.
  • Panellist: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
    Blakes Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 24, 2018.
  • Panellist: Tips from the Titans
    TMA 2017 NextGen Leadership Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, December 8, 2017.
  • Panellist: Stalwarts panel: Restructuring and Distressed Investing North American style
    TRI Special Situations and Turnaround Conference, London, England, October 18, 2017.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1994
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1992
B.A., University of Toronto - 1988
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