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 expertiseallow 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
  • 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.

  • Davie Shipyard

    Davie Shipyard in its CCAA proceedings.

  • General Motors of Canada

    General Motors of Canada in its cross-border out of court restructuring.

  • Magna Entertainment

    Magna Entertainment in its cross-border Chapter 11/CCAA proceedings.

  • MEGA Brands

    MEGA Brands in its cross-border capital restructuring through CBCA/Chapter 15 proceedings.

  • Nortel Networks

    Nortel Networks’ board of directors in CCAA/Chapter 11/Administration proceedings.

  • The Source at Circuit City

    The Source at Circuit City in its CCAA proceedings.

Both IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business rank Osler among the leading law firms in Canada for Insolvency & Restructuring. IFLR notes that ”Osler’s restructuring and insolvency team has a reputation for its depth of experience and integrated approach across offices,” while theChambersGlobal says that sources declare Osler ”is one of the best Canadian firms we work with.”