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Sandra Abitan - Montréal Managing Partner

Sandra Abitan

Montréal Managing Partner

Key Contact: Insolvency and Restructuring


Contact Information

sabitan@osler.com

tel: 514.904.5648

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 1990

Education
  • Université de Montréal, LL.B.
Language(s)
English, French

Sandra is the Managing Partner of the Montreal office. She has played a significant role in the development of our Montreal office over the past 15 years and has held various leadership roles within the Firm. Sandra is a recognized leader in the insolvency and restructuring practice in Quebec and nationally. Her clientele is diverse and reflective of the Canadian and international business community – global companies, financial institutions, equity participants, and court officers who have sought her advice in working through reorganizations, recapitalizations, restructurings and strategic acquisitions.

Sandra has expertise in cross border and international matters acting for a number of major private and public corporations operating in a variety of areas. She is lauded for her creative and practical approach to problem solving and finding solutions to complex business and legal problems.

Sandra is a leading lawyer in Insolvency & Restructuring and has been recognized in various publications such as The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2017, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2012-2017; IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2012-2017; Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017 and The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017. She has also been identified in Banking and Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017. Sandra was recognized as a Woman of Power in 2016 by Federation CJA (Montreal).

Sandra is a Past President of the Board of the Turnaround Management Association – Montreal Chapter and an active member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada in addition to other renowned organisations in her areas of expertise.

    • BCBG in its proposal proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).
    • Deloitte Restructuring Inc., in its capacity as court appointed monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Devonshire Trust.
    • Sears Canada Inc. et al in its CCAA proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court.
    • Homburg Invest Inc., in connection with its $3 billion debt restructuring and recapitalization under the CCAA.
    • MEXX Canada Company, acting for Richter Groupe Conseil Inc. in its capacity as trustee to the proposal proceedings of Mexx.
    • Target Canada Co., in connection with its restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Canada Co., acting for Irving Oil, in connection with MM&A’s restructuring under the CCAA.
    • Laura Shoppes Canada, acting for Salus, in its capacity as senior lender, in connection with Laura Shoppes Canada’s restructuring proceedings.
    • Comark Inc.,(the owner/operator of Ricki's, Bootlegger and cleo), in its restructuring under the CCAA including the sale of its business and assets to Pacific West Commercial Corporation.
    • Danier Leather Inc., representing the joint venture of Gordon Brothers and Hilco in their capacity as liquidator.
    • Grafton-Fraser Inc., representing the joint venture of Hilco and Gordon Brothers, as liquidators, in GFI’s restructuring proceedings
    • PJ’s Pets, acting for Gordon Brothers Group in its capacity as liquidator of PJ Pets’.
    • Mabe Canada Inc, acting for Richter Groupe Conseil Inc. in its capacity as bankruptcy trustee.
    • 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 FleetPerformance Inc., in the context of its 2010 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  its 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.
    • Ywire Technologies Inc., in connection with its Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act (Canada).
    • Main Knitting Group, acting for Ernst & Young Inc. in the context of a CCAA restructuring.
    • Jetsgo, acting for Greater Toronto Airport Authorities (GTAA) in the insolvency and the Inter-Canadian bankruptcy.
    • Brookfield Asset Management, in the context of its acquisition of Maax Corporation.

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2017: recognized in the area of Insolvency. 
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2017, recognized in the area of Insolvency & Restructuring.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2017, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2012-2017, recognized in the area of Insolvency & Restructuring. ◦"...[Sandra] is well regarded for her representation of clients from the financial services and real estate industries in complex CCAA proceedings. "
  • 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.
  • Women of power 2016 – CJA Federation.
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2015: Local Star
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers (2015 & 2013).
  • 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).

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

  • Co-chair of the 16th edition of the Advanced Conference on Restructuring, Insolvency and Financial Recovery, Institut Canadien, Montréal, November 29 and 30, 2016.
  • Co-author of the chapter on Directors’ Liability for LexisNexis publication JurisClasseur, April 2010 to present.
  • Chapter 15 Helps Canadian Companies Push the Envelope in Cross Border Restructurings, Journal of Corporate Renewal (Vol. 27, No. 4, May 2014).
  • “Court Terminates Director’s Charge and Refuses to Grant All-Encompassing Releases to Monitor and CRO”, post on the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (North of the Border Update), February 18, 2014 (with Julien Morissette).
  • “Interim Receiver Authorized to Borrow to Fund Debtor’s Operations”, post on the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (North of the Border Update), September 3, 2013 (with Julien Morissette).
  • “Can Management be Replaced with a Court-Appointed Monitor? A New Brunswick Court (Surprisingly) Says No”, post on the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (North of the Border Update), March 18, 2013 (with Julien Morissette).