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Year called to bar: 1994 (ON)
Partner. Practises in the areas of corporate and commercial law, restructuring, M&A, banking, and private equity law with a focus on corporate financing and restructuring. Extensive expertise in national, cross-border, and international transactions advising on major Canadian and cross-border corporate matters and restructurings. Participated in significant financings and acquisitions for diverse clients. Advisor to a number of boards of directors of companies in Canada. Recognized in numerous publications: The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, The Lexpert®/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert® Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers, Lexpert®Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, IFLR 1000 (Market Leader), Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency, Who’s Who Legal Canada (Most Highly Regarded), Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders — Restructuring & Insolvency (one of three Canadians recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader — Americas), The Legal 500 Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada (named 2014 Toronto insolvency and financial restructuring Lawyer of the Year). Member: OBA, LSO, INSOL, ABI, TMA, and IIC.
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”).
Concordia International Corp. (“Concordia” or the “Company”) (TSX: CXR), an international specialty pharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in European specialty, off-patent medicines, completed the recapitalization of approximately US$4 billion of secured and unsecured debt in September 2018 pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the “CBCA Plan”) under the Canada Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”).
On October 5, 2016, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (PNCC) (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B) and Postmedia Network Inc.’s (“PNI” and together with PNCC, the “Company” or “Postmedia”) completed a recapitalization transaction.
On December 14, 2016, Tervita Corporation (“Tervita”), a leading environmental solutions provider, implemented its court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Plan”).
Aurcana Corporation (Aurcana), a Vancouver-based, silver producing company that owns the Shafter Silver Project, a silver deposit located in Texas, US, completed a restructuring transaction pursuant to which all of Aurcana’s secured debt obligations to Orion Mine Finance (Master) Fund I L.P., as lender, under Aurcana’s amended and restated senior secured credit facility dated April 29, 2014, were extinguished in exchange for Aurcana’s Mexican operations.
Nelson Education Ltd. (Nelson), Canada’s leading education publishing company, completed a sale of substantially all of its assets to 682534 N.B. Inc., now operating as Nelson Education Ltd., in exchange for the compromise and release of approximately US$270 million of first lien secured debt obligations.
Cline Mining Corporation (Cline), a publicly-traded Toronto-based mining and resources company, completed a recapitalization and refinancing transaction, which included the conversion of $110 million of secured debt into new common shares representing 100 per cent of the equity in Cline, the issuance of $55 million of new secured debt and the settlement of significant class action claims under The US Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (US Warn Act).
Pacific West Commercial Corporation (Pacific West), an affiliate of Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc. (Stern Partners), completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Comark Inc. (Comark). Financial terms were undisclosed.
On July 2, 2015, Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc., operating as “Mobilicity”, was acquired by an affiliate of Rogers Communications Inc. in a transaction valued at $465 million. Mobilicity, a Canadian wireless telecommunications carrier, commenced creditor protection proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in September 2013. The transaction offered significant value to Mobilicity’s creditors and allowed Mobilicity to emerge from creditor protection as a going concern. The transaction ensures certainty of service for Mobilicity customers on the Rogers network and also results in Rogers gaining significant spectrum capacity in new markets which provides faster speeds and better quality for all Rogers customers. The transaction was subject to government and court approvals and was completed on July 2, 2015.
Leading infrastructure and construction materials enterprise Armtec Infrastructure Inc. and its affiliates (Armtec) completed a going-concern sale of substantially all of its assets to Armtec LP, an affiliate of Brookfield Capital Partners Fund III L.P. (Brookfield), in exchange for a release from approximately $200 million in secured debt obligations owing to Brookfield. The transaction was completed pursuant to an asset sale under the <I>Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act</I> (CCAA).
Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (Algoma) concluded its comprehensive US$1.4 billion recapitalization and refinancing. Algoma restructured certain of its existing debt obligations by way of a plan of arrangement under the CBCA and refinanced its outstanding debt through concurrent Term Loan, ABL, High Yield Debt and Junior Notes financings.