When a corporate entity enters the zone of insolvency, many stakeholders are directly impacted: employees, management, trade creditors and lenders. Critical decisions have to be made by the board in real-time. Time is acutely compressed, payroll may be owing, creditors are pressing and deadlines are imminent.

Chris is recognized as a leading insolvency lawyer in British Columbia who is able to calm the waters during these troubled times and develop strategies that give critical breathing room to allow constructive dialogue between a company and its stakeholders with a view to moving towards a common restructuring goal.

Chris has been retained as counsel by debtor companies, creditors and other stakeholders on many of the larger insolvencies in British Columbia over the past 15 years.

Work Highlights

North American Tungsten Corporation

  • CCAA acting for the company

Catalyst Paper Corporation

  • Acting for the senior bond holders

Huldra Mining

  • CCAA acting for the debtor company
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Services
Insolvency and restructuring Corporate restructuring
Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
Cross-border insolvency proceedings, including Chapter 11 proceedings under the United States Bankruptcy Code Distressed M&A transactions, including board of directors for both the target and acquiring entities, and creditors including bondholders under trust indentures
Multi-jurisdictional fraud matters Collections
Commercial bankruptcies Receiverships security enforcement
Creditors’ rights Debtor protection

Chris has successfully guided countless companies through the often stressful and foreign process of commercial insolvency and restructuring. He protects our clients with strategy, strength and experience to help them move forward from the confines of their commercial challenges. Chris is also regularly retained by creditors, purchasers of distressed assets, board of directors and insolvency professionals.

Awards & Distinctions
  • Listed in Who’s Who as one of the leading insolvency lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in Who’s Who as one of the leading fraud/asset recovery lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
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North American Tungsten Corporation
  • CCAA acting for the company
Catalyst Paper Corporation
  • Acting for the senior bond holders
Huldra Mining
  • CCAA acting for the debtor company
The League group of entities
  • CCAA acting for the debtor company
New Future group of companies
  • CCAA acting for the debtor company
Yukon Zinc
  • CCAA acting for a purchaser of the assets
Target
  • CCAA acting for a landlord
Samji bankruptcy
  • Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy
The Sunrise group
  • CCAA acting for the company
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Awards & Distinctions
  • Listed in Who’s Who as one of the leading insolvency lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in Who’s Who as one of the leading fraud/asset recovery lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law
Industry Involvement
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • INSOL
Education & Call to Bar
  • Calls to the Bar: London, England, 1990; British Columbia, 1996