Bennett Jones LLP

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Extremely well positioned to advise on large insolvency matters in the oil and gas and mining sectors. Notable strength in bondholder work, as well as advising debtors, court officers and international investors. Acknowledged for its aptitude for cross-border matters involving US Chapter 11 proceedings. The firm's industry expertise also covers the real estate, financial services and not-for-profit sectors. It is involved in a considerable number of litigious mandates in the field and stands out for its bench strength in both Calgary and Toronto. The Calgary office regularly acts for strategic buyers in the energy sector, while the Toronto office offers creditor-side experience across diverse industries.

Strengths A client said of the team: "I think they're excellent. They listen to the client's goals and stick to them, they're very good at litigation strategy and they take a very good, calm approach to things."

Sources say: "They're very knowledgeable within the field and also have a very practical approach to attempting to resolve all the issues."

Work highlights Acted for Ernst & Young in its capacity as court-appointed monitor in Stelco's CCAA proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Sources consider Christopher Simard to be "very technically strong, very solutions-oriented and very well respected in the industry." His practice involves providing counsel to debtor companies in restructurings.

Peers describe Kevin Zych as "very prominent, particularly with regards to his noteholder practice." Clients consider him to be "a very strong lawyer." He acts on high-value mandates and his experience includes representing court-appointed monitors in CCAA proceedings and acting for bondholders.

Clients appreciate that Raj Sahni is "always looking at the most reasonable approach to try to resolve matters and move them forwards in everybody's best interests." He represented SunEdison Canada in its restructuring proceedings.

Sean Zweig has a practice which includes acting for receivers and boards of directors. Sources identify him as "a future leader in the community in restructuring."