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Global 2022
Canada Restructuring/Insolvency
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4 Ranked Lawyers

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Restructuring/Insolvency - Canada
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What the team is known for

Bennett Jones is extremely well positioned to advise on large-scale insolvency matters in the oil and gas and mining sectors. The firm demonstrates notable strength in bondholder work, as well as advising debtors, court officers and international investors. It is also acknowledged for its aptitude in cross-border matters involving US Chapter 11 proceedings, with the team's industry expertise covering matters in the real estate, financial services and non-profit sectors. The firm is involved in a considerable number of litigious mandates in the field and stands out for its bench strength in both Calgary and Toronto. Lawyers in the Calgary office regularly act for strategic buyers in the energy sector, while the Toronto office offers creditor-side experience across diverse industries.

Strengths

Market commentators note: "They have a very strong team of both practical and capable advisers working on complex international mandates."

Another interviewee added: "I was very impressed with the level of service, attention to detail and their willingness to solve problems and react fluidly to changing circumstances."

Work highlights

A Bennett Jones team led jointly by Chris Simard and Kevin Zych represented Third Eye Capital, in its capacity as the largest secured creditor of Accel Energy, throughout Accel's CCAA insolvency proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Zych is a highly respected figure in Canada's restructuring and insolvency space. He possesses significant experience advising companies on CCAA filings, as well as acting for lenders and agents. He co-heads the Bennett Jones team from his base in Toronto.
"He is very knowledgeable about the restructuring world and very efficient in bringing our organisation up to speed. He's effective and efficient in mentoring us about the restructuring business and providing us with all available options." "Kevin Zych is well respected, smart and good to work with. He's a real top-level lawyer on complex restructuring mandates."

Calgary-based Chris Simard acts for a range of debtor companies, receivers and noteholders, and is experienced acting on real estate restructurings. He co-heads the Bennett Jones restructuring and insolvency practice.
"Chris Simard is one of the top restructuring lawyers in Western Canada." "He's extremely intelligent - he can take very complex disputes and break them down into manageable and understandable pieces."

Interviewees highlight Sean Zweig for his expert handling of multi-stranded, cross-border files. He is based in Toronto.
"Sean Zweig is a phenomenal lawyer who is results-focused." "He's excellent: a professional, tough negotiator."

Raj Sahni is based in Toronto, and is well versed in restructuring and insolvency mandates arising in sectors such as energy and retail.
"He is detail-oriented and a good analyst." "Raj developed a sophisticated and successful restructuring that achieved our business goals. We had an aggressive timetable to complete the restructuring in, and he was able to meet that."

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Restructuring/Insolvency

Kevin Zych
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Kevin Zych
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Christopher D Simard
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Christopher D Simard
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Sean Zweig
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Sean Zweig
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Raj Sahni
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Raj Sahni
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