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Martin Desrosiers - Insolvency Lawyer

Martin Desrosiers

Partner, Insolvency & Restructuring

Key Contact: Insolvency and Restructuring

Key Contact: Insolvency and Restructuring Litigation

Contact Information

tel: 514.904.5649



Bar Admission

Québec, 1983

  • Université de Montréal, LL.B.
  • Université de Montréal, B.Sc. (Sociology)
English, French

The practice of Martin is focused on insolvency and financial restructuring. He represents financial institutions, trustees, receivers as well as debtors and committees of creditors and has been involved in numerous complex corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations. Martin is an accomplished lecturer on insolvency law, banking law and legislative amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Civil Code of Québec. He is also a widely-published author on these topics. Martin has participated in training courses and in trustee license examinations for the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy and is a Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Quebec Bar. A former recipient of the Best Oralist Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., Martin has been a regular participant as a judge in this competition.

    • KSV Kofman Inc., in its capacity as receiver under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”) of the RB Energy Inc. group of companies.
    • Hilton Hotels, in the BIA restructuring and sale of the assets of IHG Harilela Hotels Ltd.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as interim receiver over the Canadian assets of Georges Marciano.
    • Ernst & Young, in its capacity as interim receiver to the assets of Stanford International Bank group of companies, in the recognition of the U.S. receivership.
    • Homburg Invest Inc., in connection with its stabilization and operational restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”).
    • Representing the debtor-in-possession lenders and first lien lenders in connection with the restructuring of White Birch Paper Company under the CCAA.
    • Davie Yards Inc., in the context of its current restructuring under the CCAA.
    • MEGABrands Inc., and its subsidiaries in their operational and capital restructuring implemented under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”).
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, in the CCAA and U.S. Bankruptcy Ch. 15 proceedings of Railpower Technologies Corp.
    • Representing a syndicate of secured lenders in the CCAA and cross-border restructuring of Mecachrome Inc.
    • Geosam Investments Limited, as secured creditors, in the CCAA restructuring of Shermag Inc.
    • Richter, in its capacity as Monitor under the CCAA restructuring of the TQS Inc. (now V‑Interactions Inc.) television station.
    • Wells Fargo, as secured creditor pursuant to proposal proceedings of Consoltex Inc. under the BIA.
    • SR Telecom Inc., in the context of its CCAA and CBCA restructuring including the sale of its operating assets.
    • KPMG, as auditor of the Quebecor World Inc. group of companies in the context of their restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Richter, in its capacity as Interim Receiver of in the context of the restructuring of Cable Satisfaction International Inc. under the CCAA.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017, Consistently Recommended in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2013-2017, recognized in the area of  Insolvency & Restructuring.
    • "He is very good to work with and very capable."
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2012-2017, recognized in the area of Restructuring and Insolvency.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2017, recognized in the area of Banking and Finance Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017, recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law.
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2015: Insolvency
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers 2013
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 2013: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
  • Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000: Insolvency & Restructuration
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013: Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Turnaround Management Association
  • Québec Bar Foundation
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada