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Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

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Number of partners: 10 (plus 3 counsel) Number of lawyers: 25

Firm Overview:
Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP (TGF) is widely recognised as a leading firm for commercial litigation and insolvency / restructuring in Canada, and for high profile multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Representative mandates reflect the breadth and depth of the team, and the creativity involved in resolving some of the most complex legal issues in Canada. TGF is a mix of senior restructuring and litigation lawyers with a full range of experience, combined with talented and energetic younger lawyers who thrive in the entrepreneurial environment of a highly focused firm. Retired Justice Frank Newbould, QC joined the firm as Counsel in 2017, which further solidified TGF’s reputation as a litigation and restructuring powerhouse. As judicial team leader on the Commercial List in Toronto, Justice Newbould presided over some of the most complex restructuring and litigation proceedings in Canada.

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Restructuring & Insolvency:
5 partners; 11 lawyers
■ Counsel to JTI-Macdonald Corp. in a proceeding under the CCAA seeking to resolve the myriad of litigation claims against it exceeding $500 billion, as part of an unprecedented industry-wide proceeding involving the three largest tobacco companies in Canada
■ Canadian counsel to Westmoreland Coal Company in its USD$110 million recapitalization and restructuring transaction through a Chapter 11 proceeding in the United States
■ Counsel to the monitor in the restructuring of the Carillion Group in Canada
■ Counsel to BDC Capital Inc. in the Quebec CCAA restructuring of sustainable chemicals company BioAmber Inc., the largest global producer of bio-based succinic acid
■ Counsel to the court-appointed monitor of Performance Sports Group Ltd. and its 17 subsidiaries (sports and apparel company and owner of the Bauer and Easton brands)
■ Counsel to the court-appointed monitor in a CCAA and Chapter 11 proceeding involving Pacific Exploration and Production Corporation, the largest privately-owned oil and gas producer in Latin America
■ Canadian counsel to SquareTwo Financial Corporation and 17 of its direct and indirect subsidiaries in completing a pre-packaged joint plan of arrangement to implement a cross-border share and asset sale
■ Counsel to United States Steel Corporation as the parent and largest secured creditor of US Steel Canada Inc. during its CCAA proceedings
■ Canadian counsel to the UK Pension Claimants in the global insolvency proceedings of Nortel Networks and the historic multi-jurisdictional 'pro rata allocation' of US$7.3 billion in sale proceeds among 40 insolvency estates in 19 countries
■ Settled 'the longest running legal saga in Canadian history' by a creative application of the CCAA to resolve an acrimonious and multi-faceted auditor’s negligence case
■ Counsel to Endurance Energy Ltd. in connection with its restructuring under the CCAA
■ Counsel to the court-appointed monitor of Mobilicity
Counsel to the court-appointed monitor in the restructuring of the Canadian Abitibi-Bowater entities, one of the world’s largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturers
■ Restructuring counsel to Hollinger Inc. in the windup and resolution of Hollinger
■ Counsel to the Insolvency Institute of Canada as intervenor in two separate ground-breaking appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada
Key Clients:
Private and public companies, banks and other lenders, accounting and advisory firms, directors and officers, turnaround professionals in other jurisdictions
Restructuring Contact: D J Miller Tel: 416 304 0559
Email: [email protected]

5 partners; 14 lawyers
■ Court-appointed litigation counsel to the Litigation Trustee of Cash Store Financial in pursuing nine figure damage claims against Cash Store’s professional advisors
■ Counsel for Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructors on major subcontractor claims on the $5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT, one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects
■ Court-appointed Representative Counsel for 630,000 non-mutual policyholders in the $2 billion demutualisation of Economical Mutual Insurance Company, in the first demutualisation of a property and casualty insurer in Canada
■ Counsel for several joint ventures of public companies on P3 and traditional projects for governments involving highway construction and storm water management
■ Counsel for Coopers & Lybrand in connection with auditor’s negligence claims stemming from the collapse of Castor Holdings Ltd. that were later being addressed in a proceeding under the CCAA
■ Counsel to a syndicate of European lenders in connection with a $75M breach of contract claim against a major North American air carrier
■ Counsel to a committee of contesting bondholders in the proposed privatisation of BCE Inc., involving the world’s largest leveraged buy-out with an enterprise value of $52 billion, including arguing the case at the Supreme Court of Canada
■ Represented the former principal of Lakeport Brewing Corp. in the successful defence of a $50 million officer and director liability case
■ Litigation counsel to the court-appointed chief restructuring officer and litigation trustee of Hollinger Inc., in pursuing extensive litigation claims in the estate
■ Counsel to the court-appointed Receiver, RSM Richter Inc., in the Norshield hedge fund scandal involving the tracing and attempted recovery of over $400 million in investor funds in multiple jurisdictions
Key Clients:
Private and public companies, directors and officers, turnaround professionals, national and international law firms and advisory firms, Canadian and international lenders and construction companies and joint ventures.
Litigation Contact: Deborah E Palter Tel: 416 304 0148
Email: [email protected]