Provided by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Recognized as one of Canada’s leading domestic and cross-border restructuring practices, the Blakes Restructuring & Insolvency group combines unmatched experience and depth to meet the immediate and critical needs of our clients with expert practitioners across Canada. Collaborating with our colleagues as needed in Financial Services, Capital Markets, Competition & Antitrust, Employment & Labour, Commercial Real Estate, Tax, Environmental and Intellectual Property, Blakes provides top-quality coordinated service and effective solutions to the unique and complex challenges clients face wherever the parties are located or the insolvency proceedings are commenced.
We represent all parties impacted by insolvencies and restructurings, including Canadian and U.S. banks and financial institutions, corporate debtors in domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings, restructuring financial advisory firms that act as court officers, debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders, and investors seeking to acquire assets and businesses in distressed circumstances.
We assist clients in a wide range of industries through workouts and restructurings (including under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA), cross-border recognition of Chapter 11 proceedings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as well as federal and provincial corporate restructuring statutes), DIP financing, security enforcement, distressed business acquisitions and post-restructuring issues.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a well-established restructuring and insolvency department with standout lawyers in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver. The team has a particularly strong presence representing major banks both domestically and internationally. It is widely acknowledged for its impressive track record assisting clients from the financial services, mining and natural resources sectors with large CCAA and cross-border Chapter 11 proceedings. The firm is well placed to advise lenders, receivers and troubled businesses, and fields additional expertise in litigation, which includes experience before the Supreme Court of Canada.
"Blakes' advice was excellent, their performance timely, and their expertise precise."
"Blake, Cassels & Graydon approach problem solving from a business perspective with a keen focus on client objectives."
Blake, Cassels & Graydon advised Deloitte Restructuring in its capacity as appointed as monitor of JTI-Macdonald's CCAA proceedings.
Head of Blakes' restructuring and insolvency group in Calgary, Kelly Bourassa centres her practice on the representation of banks and financial institutions and has notable experience advising lending syndicates. She also demonstrates strength assisting with insolvency matters in the oil and gas space.
"Kelly is a very good lawyer. I can trust her with complicated and demanding files." "Kelly is thorough, sophisticated and approachable. She has a strong ability to deliver legal advice in the context of commercial issues on hand."
Toronto-based Pamela Huff heads the nationwide restructuring and insolvency team at Blakes. She acts on a broad array of insolvency matters involving companies in sectors such as tobacco, construction and retail.
"Pamela is very skilled at providing strategic advice. She is assertive, practical and business-oriented."
Linc Rogers maintains an impressive practice which sees him represent court-appointed monitors as well as companies undergoing insolvency proceedings. He is based in Toronto.
"Linc is practical and doesn't overcomplicate things." "Linc is great in court. He knows the law extremely well and is very good to work with."
Vancouver-based Peter Rubin is commended for his assured handling of several prominent CCAA proceedings and counts a number of financial institutions among his clients.
"Peter has a calm, practical approach. He is comfortable on large transactions with competing stakeholders."
Milly Chow has notable experience acting for financial institutions and lending syndicates on restructuring and insolvency mandates. She is based in Toronto.
"Milly is a brilliant, dynamic and strategic counsellor." "Milly is extremely well organised and very efficient."
Toronto-based partner Aryo Shalviri's flourishing practice encompasses a range of restructuring matters. He is experienced in handling distressed M&A and commercial reorganisations on behalf of a broad clientele.
"Aryo is extremely responsive and hard-working. I am impressed with his knowledge and attention to detail."