Restructuring & Insolvency


With offices in five provinces, Miller Thomson’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group has the extensive coverage, depth and experience necessary to advise and assist clients across the full range of insolvency proceedings, including national and international financial reorganizations. We act for Canadian and foreign banks, wholesale financiers, insurance companies and other financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, liquidators, pension fund trustees, creditors and landlords. While we are routinely asked to represent major stakeholders in Canada’s largest insolvency matters and have been involved with some of Canada’s most complex insolvency matters, our Group can handle a wide range of issues for different clients.

Our Group also works closely with other specialty groups within the firm, and can draw on expertise in areas such as securities, environmental, pensions and benefits, commercial litigation, mergers & acquisitions, and purchase and sale of assets.

We actively participate in the Insolvency Institute of Canada, Insolvency subsections of the Canadian Bar Association and INSOL International. Our members are regularly asked to lecture at meetings of professional organizations, and have authored many books and articles.

Notable matters

  • Court-appointed representative counsel for the Ad Hoc Committee representing investors holding approximately $2 billion of non-bank sponsored Canadian Asset Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) in responding to the freeze in trading in the $32 billion ABCP market beginning in August, 2007 and the subsequent reorganizational plan under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Counsel on several critical reported decisions on the ABCP restructuring which has been called “the largest and by far the most complex restructuring in Canada’s history” (American Lawyer Magazine).
  • Representing the court-appointed receiver of Tiercon Industries Inc., a major international automotive parts supplier
  • Represented Cu-Connect, a company providing Internet switching services to credit unions and other financial institutions, as well as automatic teller machine services, in its reorganizational proceedings under the CCAA
  • Represented GE Capital Corporation in the international insolvency of the Calpine Group
  • Court-appointed representative counsel for the Ad Hoc Committee of Tort Claimants in the international insolvency of the Muscletech group of companies pursuant to the CCAA and Article 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code
  • Representing a group of major Canadian airport authorities in the Air Canada CCAA restructuring
  • Representing two major Canadian banks in the Air Canada CCAA restructuring
  • Representing a major Texas-based telecom company in the CCAA restructuring of Teleglobe
  • Representing a major Canadian Bank in the cross-border Restructuring of the Laidlaw group of companies
  • Acting for the Bankruptcy Trustee of Bre-X Minerals including obtaining Mareva injunctions and coordinating collection activities in several foreign jurisdictions
  • Acting for a secured creditor of Solvex, a U.S. / Canada cross-border reorganization
  • Representing the agent for the liquidator in the Sovereign Life Insurance Company liquidation
  • Representing a variety of stakeholders, including a pipeline company, a gas marketer, joint venturers, and secured creditors in the CCAA restructurings of Blue Range Resources Corp. and FracMaster
  • Acting for the biggest single creditor organization in the Confederation Life liquidation—the largest insurance company liquidation in North American history
  • Advising a significant landlord in the Eaton’s / Dylex / Dalmy’s CCAA restructurings and other major retail CCAA and BIA reorganizations
  • Acting for the Government of Québec and Héma-Québec in the CCAA proceedings by the Canadian Red Cross Society
  • Acting for the Government of Newfoundland in Royal Oak Mines’ CCAA proceedings
  • Acting as Alberta counsel for the noteholders of Hurricane Hydrocarbons and the Creditor Committee of Smokey River Coal, current CCAA restructurings
  • Representing the British Columbia and Ontario Governments in the Canadian Airlines restructuring
  • Representing the British Columbia Government in the Skiing Louise restructuring
  • Representing the purchaser of an operating subsidiary of American Eco in the American Eco restructuring
  • Representing the pension fund administrators or custodians in many major Canadian insolvencies
  • Representing banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions in many major receiverships and reorganizations
  • Advising receivers and bankruptcy trustees in many major corporate administrations

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