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Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 24 (including 2 of counsel)
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP (TGF) is a firm that focuses on two areas of practice:
■ Commercial Litigation
■ Insolvency & Restructuring

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.

With the addition of retired Justice Frank Newbould, QC as Counsel to the firm, TGF's reputation as a litigation and restructuring powerhouse has been further solidified. Justice Frank Newbould, QC was most recently judicial team leader on the Commercial List in Toronto and presided over some of the most complex restructuring and litigation proceedings in Canada during his tenure on the bench.

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Restructuring & Insolvency:
5 partners; 11 lawyers in practice group; 2 Of Counsel
■ Counsel to Ernst & Young Inc., the Monitor in the ongoing restructuring of the Carillion Group in Canada
■ Counsel to Alvarez and Marsal Canada Inc., the Monitor in the CCAA proceedings of the Lydian group of companies involving a gold mine in Armenia
■ Counsel to Ernst & Young Inc., the Monitor of JTI Macdonald Corp. in its CCAA proceeding
■ Counsel to debtor company AgMedica and its subsidiaries, the first licensed cannabis producer to file for CCAA protection in Ontario
■ Represented the Insolvency Institute of Canada as intervenor in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in lndalex
■ Counsel to Grant Thornton Limited as court-appointed Receiver of the Comsale Group of Companies in a Canadian receivership, with foreign recognition proceedings in the U.S. and Malaysia
■ Counsel to several of Canada’s largest banks as senior secured creditors in Canadian receiverships with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional foreign recognition proceedings
■ Counsel to the Province of British Columbia in CCAA proceedings of Purdue Pharma L.P.
■ Counsel to BDO Canada Limited as court‐appointed Receiver of Unique Broadband Systems Ltd. in Canadian receivership and Chapter 15 foreign recognition proceedings
■ Counsel to Business Development Bank of Canada in the CCAA proceeding of North American Fur Producers Inc.
■ Canadian counsel to Ad Hoc Group of Unsecured Lenders in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Bristow Group Inc. et al.
■ Canadian counsel to Westmoreland Coal Company and its Canadian subsidiaries in its Chapter 11 proceedings
■ Counsel to BDC Capital Inc. in the CCAA restructuring of the sustainable chemicals company BioAmber Inc
■ Counsel to the court-appointed Monitor of Performance Sports Group Ltd. and 17 of its indirect and wholly owned subsidiaries in Canadian and US proceedings
■ Counsel to the court-appointed Monitor in the Canadian CCAA proceedings and the US and Columbian foreign recognition proceedings involving Pacific Exploration and Production Corporation
■ Canadian counsel to SquareTwo Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries in completing a pre-packaged Joint Plan of Arrangement to implement a cross-border share and asset sale in Canada and the US
■ Counsel to United States Steel Corporation as the DIP lender in the CCAA proceedings of US Steel Canada Inc.
■ Canadian counsel to the largest single creditor in the global insolvency proceedings of Nortel Networks
■ Counsel to a landlord of multiple properties in several Canadian retail insolvency proceedings
■ Counsel to Endurance Energy Ltd. in connection with its proceedings under the CCAA, an Alberta oil and gas production company
■ Counsel to the court-appointed Monitor in the restructuring of the Canadian Abitibi-Bowater group of companies
■ Counsel to the Agent and lead lender in a syndicate of lenders to Allen-Vanguard Corporation
■ Represented GE Capital Aviation Services, Inc., a principal stakeholder in the CCAA restructuring proceedings of Air Canada
Key Clients: Private and public companies, banks and other lenders, accounting and advisory firms, directors and officers, restructuring professionals in other jurisdictions
Restructuring Contact: D.J. Miller
Tel: +1416 304 0559
Email: [email protected]

5 partners; 11 lawyers in practice group; 2 Of Counsel
■ Court-appointed litigation counsel to the Litigation Trustee of Cash Store Financial in pursuing nine figure damage claims against Cash Store's professional advisors
■ Court-appointed Representative Counsel for 630,000 non-mutual policyholders in the $2 billion de-mutualisation of Economical Mutual Insurance Company. This cutting edge mandate is the first ever de-mutualisation of a property and casualty insurer in Canada
■ Counsel for Coopers & Lybrand in connection with auditor's negligence claims stemming from the collapse of Castor Holdings Ltd. that were later 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 an appeal 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
■ Lead 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 in the Norshield hedge fund scandal involving the tracing and pursuit of over $400 million in investor funds in several jurisdictions
Key Clients: Private and publicly traded companies, in-house counsel, directors and officers, national and international law firms and advisory firms, Canadian and international lenders
Litigation Contact: Deborah E. Palter
+1416 304 0148
[email protected]