Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for A solid presence in the restructuring and insolvency market, offering significant multi-jurisdictional expertise, with a focus on Canada-US cross-border restructurings. Acts for a variety of clients in the mining and energy sectors, with notable experience working on behalf of both creditors and distressed companies. Also acts for trustees in various roles, including as monitors and receivers. Recent expansion into both Calgary and Vancouver underscores the firm's commitment to the development of a national practice, bolstering the strong practice in Toronto.

Strengths Sources say: "They have good bench strength and a lot of resources to do complex work."

Clients describe the firm as having "a very large and diverse team which is technically very strong, very practical and gives pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Acted for Banro Corporation on CCAA proceedings and obtained the Ontario court’s sanction of a plan of arrangement.

Notable practitioners

Jane Dietrich is particularly active representing clients in CCAA proceedings. Her clients include debtors and monitors. One source said: "She had strong expertise and guided us during a challenging process." She is lauded for her technical skill and pragmatism.

Sources describe Jeffrey Oliver as "very technically strong, very business minded, very reasonable and helpful in terms of finding solutions." His practice includes acting for receivers and lenders.

Market commentators say that Mary Buttery "has a very significant reputation," both in Vancouver and nationally. She has experience representing monitors in CCAA proceedings and acting on the sale of assets.

Market sources say that Ryan Jacobs is "certainly building a very significant practice," and note his "strong US connections" and work on the creditor side of mandates. He has acted on a range of cross-border CCAA proceedings, recapitalisations and asset sales.

Shayne Kukulowicz offers experience representing court-appointed monitors and acting on matters including CCAA filings and proposals to creditors. Sources say that he is "technically extremely solid," as well as "a tremendous court presence and a very, very smooth and effective communicator."