Matthew Lerner’s litigation practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, including infrastructure and real estate disputes, and insolvency matters. He regularly acts for parties involved in shareholder or partnership disputes, commercial arbitration, and in prosecuting or defending civil fraud claims. Matthew has also acted on behalf of directors and officers in the defence of large multi-jurisdiction class actions. He is routinely involved in a variety of insolvency proceedings, acting for the court-appointed officer or creditors. He has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, at various administrative tribunals, and at many private arbitrations. Matthew’s clients span a wide range of industries, ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large real estate developers and public companies in the information and technology sector. He is also the Chair of the Lenczner Slaght Moot in Legal Ethics and Professionalism, which is held annually for law students at Western Law. In 2020, Matthew was recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star for his outstanding track record of success and his exemplary leadership at the firm and in the community.
On November 30, 2018, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (“ESAI”) concluded its comprehensive restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by way of the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc. (“ASI”).