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Sandra Abitan - Restructuring Lawyer

Sandra Abitan

Partner, Insolvency & Restructuring

Key Contact: Insolvency and Restructuring

Contact Information

tel: 514.904.5648



Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Québec, 1990

  • Université de Montréal, LL.B.
English, French

Sandra is a Partner in the Insolvency & Restructuring group of the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Montreal. Sandra specializes in consensual and court supervised corporate restructuring and reorganizations. She advises major corporations, equity sponsors and strategic purchasers, financial institutions, monitors, as well as Canadian and U.S. asset-based lenders and liquidators. Sandra has also provided restructuring/financing advice to a number of major private and public corporations operating in a variety of areas including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors and has been involved in a number of significant restructurings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. She has given numerous lectures and seminars on topics focusing on insolvency law and corporate reorganizations.

    • Salus in its capacity as senior lender to Laura Shoppes Canada, in connection with Laura’s restructuring proceedings under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act (Canada).
    • Comark Inc., one of Canada's leading specialty apparel retailers with approximately 300 stores operating under three divisions: Ricki's, Bootlegger and cleo, in its restructuring under the CCAA including the sale of its business and assets to Pacific West Commercial Corporation (Pacific West), an affiliate of Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc. (Stern Partners).
    • Target Canada Co. - in connection with its restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Homburg Invest Inc. - in connection with its stabilization and operational restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Ywire Technologies Inc. - in connection with its Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act (Canada).
    • Deloitte & Touche Inc. - in its capacity as court appointed monitor under the CCAA proceedings of Devonshire Trust.
    • Richter Groupe Conseil Inc. - in its capacity as trustee to the notice of intention to MEXX Canada Company.
    • Richter Groupe Conseil Inc. - in its capacity as bankruptcy trustee to Mabe Canada Inc.
    • KPMG - in its capacity as court-appointed Monitor in the CCAA proceedings of ProSep Inc.
    • Mechtronix Inc. - in the context of the sale of its business under the BIA.
    • Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. - in the context of its consensual out of court $800 Million restructuring.
    • White Birch Paper Company - representing the debtor-in-possession lenders and first lien lenders in connection with the restructuring of White Birch under the CCAA.
    • MEGABrands Inc. and its subsidiaries - in their operational and capital restructuring implemented under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
    • ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. - in the context of its restructuring under the BIA and CBCA.
    • AbitibiBowater Inc. - acting for certain senior secured term lenders in the context of AbitibiBowater’s restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Inteplast Group - in the context of the acquisition of the assets of Salermo Plastic Film & bags by a strategic purchaser.
    • SR Telecom Inc. - in the context of its CCAA and CBCA restructuring including the sale of its operating assets.
    • Ernst & Young Inc. - in the context of the CCAA restructuring of Main Knitting Group.
    • Greater Toronto Airport Authorities (GTAA) - in the Jetsgo insolvency and the Inter-Canadian bankruptcy.
    • Brookfield Asset Management - in the context of its acquisition of Maax Corporation.

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2012-2017, recognized in the area of Insolvency and Restructuring.
  • 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, 2006-2017, recognized in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2017, recognized in the area of Corporate Tax.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation.
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2015: Local Star
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers (2015 & 2013)
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers (2014, 2015): Insolvency & Restructuring
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers (2014 & 2013): Insolvency  & Restructuring
  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers (2014 & 2013): Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Lexology Client Choice Award Winner (2011, 2012 & 2013):  Insolvency & Restructuring (Québec)

  • Canadian Bar Association, Insolvency Section
  • The Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Member of Comité de liaison, Superior Court, Commercial Division
  • Turnaround Management Association, former President of the Board of Montreal.
  • Canadian Insolvency Foundation
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member of the International Committee
  • International Association of Insolvency Practitioners (Insol International)
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation