Asim Iqbal

Partner | Toronto


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Making priority a priority in construction lien disputes

The financial difficulty precipitated by COVID-19 has reached virtually every industry, and  the construction sector is no exception. Debtors, lenders and trades dealing with insolvent construction projects will inevitably face priority disputes under Ontario’s Construction Act[1] (the “Act”) in instances...


Decentralized finance: Regulation, growth, and legal enforcement

Decentralized finance (“DeFi”) is a financial alternative offered through various cryptocurrency platforms where liquidity pools are available to investors without the need for third-party lending institutions. In the years to come, the nascent DeFi industry may shape, transform and even...


Business interruption insurance and COVID-19: A discussion of future implications

In response to ongoing financial distress caused by COVID-19, many businesses have tried to make claims under their business interruption policies. It remains uncertain whether business interruption losses directly or indirectly caused by the pandemic, such as losses stemming from...


Asset tracing and corporate intelligence techniques in cryptocurrency investigations

In the first half of 2018, $1.1 billion USD in cryptocurrency was stolen or trafficked online, with the majority of attacks targeting either regular businesses or cryptocurrency exchanges.[1] By 2019, that figure had jumped to $4.4 billion.[2] Despite these staggering...


Lifting the stay

On July 27, 2020, the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court (the “Court”) released its decision in Great North Data Ltd., (Re),[1] where Justice Handrigan outlined principles for courts to consider when exercising their power under section 69.4 of the Bankruptcy...


Beware: Recommencement of limitations periods and procedural timelines in Ontario on September 14, 2020

Please beware that on August 20, 2020, the Ontario government (the “Government”) issued a news release providing that the order pertaining to the suspensions of limitations period made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9...


Redemption in a receivership

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the “Court”)  in the receivership proceedings of The Clover on Yonge Inc.[1] (the “Clover Project”) has addressed the question of whether a debtor in receivership can avoid a...


Bellatrix Exploration: Why a charge sometimes just isn’t enough

A recent decision in the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) proceedings of Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.[1] (“Bellatrix”) serves as a useful reminder to professionals that a court-ordered charge may not be enough to ensure their fees will be paid at the...