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Year called to bar: 1993 (ON)
D. J. Miller is a restructuring and insolvency partner at Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP and has represented a wide variety of stakeholders in complex restructurings and insolvency litigation. She was lead Canadian insolvency counsel to the UK Pension Claimants in the Nortel Networks case and succeeded in obtaining a precedent-setting pro rata allocation of US$7.3 billion of sale proceeds among more than 40 insolvency estates in Canada, the US, and Europe following the first joint trial of the Canadian and US Courts. Ms. Miller has extensive experience on the “deal” side of restructurings as well as insolvency litigation, and has appeared before every level of court in Canada. She is considered a “go-to” counsel for stakeholders requiring creative advice to achieve effective workouts, both within and outside of formal court proceedings. Ms. Miller is known for her deep knowledge of the insolvency framework, both domestic and international, and for applying analytical and strategic skills to achieve successful outcomes for her clients. She is a member of the International Insolvency Institute (III), the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC), past President of the Toronto Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and is on the Executive Board of TMA Global.
Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel Canada) is the Canadian parent company of what was one of the largest telecommunications businesses in the world. In early 2009, formal insolvency proceedings were commenced in Canada, the United States and England, among other places. Nortel’s worldwide business was liquidated through a number of Court-approved sales of its business units and a US$4.5-billion sale of its residual patents, resulting in US$7.3 billion of global sale proceeds to be allocated amongst the Nortel debtor companies in Canada, the United States and Europe.
On March 6, 2015, a landlord group led by Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Oxford Properties Group completed a transaction involving the termination of leases at 11 properties that had previously been leased by Target Canada Co. (Target), owner and operator of shopping centers, and a unit of Target Corp., for $138 million.