Insolvency and Restructuring


Osler’s Insolvency & Restructuring Group is Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary practice offering top-tier legal expertise in all aspects required to resolve the most compelling business challenges. Our team based, multi-disciplinary approach delivers innovative and integrated solutions for complex business-critical matters. Osler succeeds for several reasons:

  • Diverse Clientele and Wide-Ranging Scope. We act for all types of clients dealing with challenging business circumstances and deliver leading-edge counsel in complex matters throughout the North American economy. We are relied upon as tested and trusted advisors to directors, senior executives, in-house counsel, credit and investment officers and fund managers, as well as other professional advisors, court-appointed officers and regulators. In addition to providing advice and leadership in distress situations, we are frequently consulted on mergers & acquisitions, securitizations and derivatives, credit matters, supply chain management, financial reporting and governance in business-critical situations.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Solving complex business challenges requires an integrated application of expertise and perspective across many different disciplines. Osler’s Insolvency & Restructuring practice is based on a multi-disciplinary approach that draws upon market leading resources throughout the Firm to deliver integrated solutions seamlessly and effectively to meet the needs of any business-critical situation.
  • Cross-Border Strength. We have extensive relationships with U.S. based advisors and have earned a leadership position in crafting comprehensive cross-border solutions in North America. We were among the first counsel globally to structure cross border protocols governing administrative process, substantive treatment and court-to-court communications in international insolvencies and we continue to be leaders in North America in that regard.
  • Scalable Staffing with Deep Expertise. We invest heavily in the training and development of our personnel and have built a dedicated team with rigorous standards and market leadership for over 30 years. Our clients gain the benefit of a professional “depth chart” at varying levels of seniority that allows us to tailor the team to meet the demands of any business-critical situation in a cost-effective manner while providing innovative solutions that only deep expertise can. That experience and expertise allow Osler to deliver practical, commercially achievable solutions to compelling business challenges.
  • Rapid Response. We engage quickly, efficiently and effectively to meet the needs of any business-critical situation, regardless of the level of complexity.

Call us when it matters.

Business-Critical Transaction and Advisory Services

We provide a full suite of business-critical transaction and advisory services in challenging circumstances including:

  • Agent’s Counsel (Syndicates)
  • Bankruptcies
  • Capital Restructurings
  • Committee Counsel
  • Creditor’s Counsel
  • Credit Amendments
  • Credit Structuring
  • Crisis Management
  • Debtor’s Counsel
  • DIP Financings
  • Distressed M&A
  • Forbearances
  • Governance
  • Informal Restructurings
  • Insolvency Proceedings
  • Lender’s Counsel
  • Liquidator’s Counsel
  • Monitor’s Counsel
  • Operational Restructurings
  • Plans of Arrangement
  • Plans of Compromise
  • Plans of Reorganization
  • Proposals
  • Receiver’s Counsel
  • Regulatory Counsel
  • Refinancings
  • Transaction Review
  • Trustee’s Counsel



Related Expertise

Marc Wasserman

Partner, National Chair, Insolvency & Restructuring

Sandra Abitan

Montréal Managing Partner

Randal Van de Mosselaer

Partner, Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Essar Steel Algoma

    Algoma Steel Inc. and certain senior secured term lenders in Canada in Algoma’s acquisition of substantially all the assets of Essar Steel Algoma in connection to a restructuring under the CCAA

  • Alvarez & Marsal Canada Inc.

    Alvarez & Marsal Canada Inc., as Receiver to Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc., announces proposed acquisition of Roadtrek RV brand by Rapido SAS

  • KPMG Inc.

    KPMG Inc. in connection with Gymboree Inc.’s proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act

  • Concordia International Corp.

    Osler advises the Secured Debtholder Committee of Concordia International Corp. in connection with US$3.7 billion recapitalization transaction

  • Corbeil Électrique Inc.

    Corbeil Électrique Inc., in connection with the sale of substantially all of its business and assets to AM-CAM Électroménagers Inc.

  • Brookfield Capital Partners Ltd.

    Brookfield Capital Partners Ltd., lenders to Stelco Inc., in its CCAA proceedings

  • KPMG Inc.

    KPMG Inc. in connection with the receivership of Half Moon Lake Resort Ltd. and Armac Investments Ltd.

  • Tervita Corporation

    Tervita Corporation completes $3.5 billion recapitalization transaction under the Canada Business Corporations Act

  • Postmedia Network Canada Corp.

    Postmedia completes Recapitalization Transaction under the Canada Business Corporations Act

  • Nortel Networks Corporation

    Nortel Networks Corporation in its execution of global settlement and support agreement

  • Ben Moss Jewellers Western Canada Ltd.

    Ben Moss Jewellers Western Canada Ltd. in its proceedings under the CCAA

  • Target Canada Co.

    Target in connection with the wind-down of its Canadian operations under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

  • Comark Inc.

    Comark Inc., one of Canada's leading specialty apparel retailers, in its CCAA proceedings

  • Cash Store

    Cash Store’s Special Committee and subsequently its CRO in connection with its CCAA proceedings and sale to National Money Mart

  • League Assets Corp.

    League Assets Corp., acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. as Monitor, in connection with League’s restructuring under the CCAA

  • Homburg Invest Inc.

    Homburg Invest Inc. in its stabilization and operational restructuring under the CCAA

  • Alvarez & Marsal Inc.

    Alvarez & Marsal Inc., as court appointed monitor in Arctic Glacier’s CCAA proceedings and in the ancillary proceedings under the US Bankruptcy Code

  • TravelBrands Inc.

    TravelBrands Inc., owners of retail and wholesale brands including Sunquest, Holiday House, Exotik Tours, and Belair Travel, in its proceedings under the CCAA.

  • Southern Pacific Resource Corp

    The Ad Hoc Committee of Second Lien Noteholders in the CCAA proceedings of Southern Pacific Resource Corp., a junior oil sands exploration company in Alberta.

  • Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

    Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Administrate & Collateral Agent, in the CBCA proceedings of Essar Steel Algoma and certain other related companies.

  • Richter Advisory Group Inc.

    Richter Advisory Group Inc. (Richter), as trustee to Mexx Canada Company (Mexx), in one of the largest retail sector filings in Canada under the BIA.

  • BCE Inc.

    BCE Inc. in its ground breaking pension de-risking strategy

  • Angiotech Pharmaceutical

    Angiotech Pharmaceutical in its CCAA/Chapter 15 restructuring.

  • Aveos Fleet Performance

    Aveos Fleet Performance in its cross-border out of court restructuring.

  • CanWest Global Communications

    CanWest Global Communications in the restructuring and divestiture of its publishing and television broadcast businesses through CCAA proceedings.

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  • Chambers Canada: The World's Leading Business Lawyers: Band 1, Restructuring and Insolvency
    • "They would be at the very top of the market in my view. What I like about them is the high level of senior attention - they provide a hands-on approach and great access all the time. I can't say anything but good things about them - they always deliver."
    • "A very impressive practice. They are very strong and have good depth."
    • "Excellent attention to detail, great availability and strong advice."
    • "Significant strength in Toronto and Calgary."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers: Restructuring and Insolvency
    • "...[Osler] has a full-service team and they mobilise quickly to get up to speed. They are responsive, hard-working and quick to address issues. Their organisational abilities and their confidence and assertiveness are very good as well."


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Restructuring and Insolvency (Montreal, Quebec)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Restructuring and Insolvency (Toronto, Ontario)
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Insolvency
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring

Legal 500

  • The Legal 500: Restructuring and Insolvency


  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Restructuring & Insolvency
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Tier 1, Restructuring and Insolvency

Who’s Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law


  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards: Insolvency, Firm of the Year (shortlisted)
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: Osler lawyers recognized as leaders in Insolvency

Global Restructuring Review

  • Global Restructuring Review 30: Osler recognized as a top 30 leading law firm in the world for cross-border Restructuring and Insolvency

The 8th Annual International M&A Awards: Osler recognized for their role in the Cross Border Restructuring Deal of the Year: Acquisition of Comark Inc.