Kathryn Esaw

Kathryn Esaw

Partner, Insolvency and Restructuring

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.4905



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2010


  • University of Toronto, JD
  • University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey Business School, HBA



Kathryn is a Partner in Osler’s Insolvency and Restructuring group. Her practice focuses on proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act throughout Canada. She has represented debtors, court officers, creditors, purchasers and lenders. Kathryn also has experience in restructurings under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

She has been recognized in the area of Insolvency and Restructuring by IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms and the Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars Expert Guide. Kathryn has been a speaker at the Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Law Conference, the Annual Review of Insolvency Law conference, and has served as a guest lecturer at the Osgoode Hall Law School. She clerked at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Prior to joining Osler, Kathryn was a partner at another leading law firm.

    *Notable matters prior to joining Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

    • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. in its proceedings under the CCAA
    • An Ad Hoc Group of Senior Lenders in connection with the Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and CBCA restructurings of the Stoneway Group
    • * Ernst & Young in its capacity as the court-appointed monitor of CannTrust Holdings Inc., CannTrust Inc., CTI Holdings (Osoyoos) Inc. and Elmcliffe Investments Inc.
    • * KPMG Inc. in its capacity as the information officer in the CCAA proceedings involving Imerys Talc Canada Inc.
    • * Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al in their proceedings under the CCAA and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code
    • * Energy Capital Partners and Trive Capital, as majority debt holders, in the Canada Business Corporations Act plan of arrangement restructuring of NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation
    • * Essar Steel Algoma Inc. et al in its proceedings under the CCAA  (with recognition proceedings under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code)
    • * Performance Sports Group Ltd. et al in their proceedings under the CCAA and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code
    • * Essar Steel Algoma Inc. et al in connection with its plan of arrangement under the CBCA
    • * Northstar Aerospace Inc. et al in their proceedings under the CCAA and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation; Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Financial Restructuring
  • IFLR Rising Stars Awards: Recognized as a Rising Star in Insolvency & Restructuring (2020 Americas)
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Restructuring (Highly Regarded)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law

  • Rotman School of Management: Financial Distress and Insolvency Intensive Course

    Speaker, Financial Restructurings, January 8, 2021

  • The IWIRC Ontario Network Presents a Virtual Panel on the Past, Present and Future of the Cannabis Industry

    Moderator, December 9, 2020

  • Rehabilitating a Distressed Corporation: Restructuring Options under the BIA, CCAA and CBCA

    Speaker, November 19, 2020

  • Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference

    Speaker, Oh Won’t You (Extend the) Stay, Just a Little Bit Longer: Long CCAA Stay Extensions, Vancouver, February 7, 2020

  • Commercial List Users Committee Annual Education Program

    Speaker, Recent Developments in Ontario Case Law, June 5, 2019

  • The Advocates Society

    Speaker, Insolvency Litigation Breakfast: What I Wish I Knew, April 12, 2019

  • International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member of the Board of Directors, Toronto Chapter