Employee Name

Expertise

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate and Commercial Transactions
  • Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Commercial Real Estate and Leasing

Year of Call

  • 1989, Ontario
  • 1980, Alberta
  • 1974, Scotland

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Edinburgh University, 1972

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta

Representative Work

  • Represented Schedule 1 & 2 Banks and other domestic and foreign financial institutions in insolvency and restructuring transactions, bankruptcy, receivership and CCAA proceedings in commercial real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, lumber and IT industries.
  • Represented investor interests in high-rise office developments in Calgary in receivership and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented AMIC Mortgage Investment Corporation in receivership and bankruptcy proceedings of Abacus Cities Ltd.
  • Represented major Canadian oil & gas corporation and (separately) Schedule 1 bank in several oil industry receiverships and litigation matters in Alberta.
  • Represented Schedule 1 Banks in real estate project financing, loan syndications and participations, commercial mortgage financing, dealer-plan financing, mezzanine, sub-debt and asset based lending transactions in construction, Tier 2/3 automotive, manufacturing, IT and retail industries in Canada and the US.
  • Represented U.S. Limited Partnership in the purchase of Algoma Highlands forest lands.
  • Represented Schedule 1 Bank in the creation, development and operation of a national platform for the delivery of commercial lending services to provide a standardized and centralized service to all provinces and territories in Canada.
  • Responsible for the negotiation and operation of a comprehensive, national outsourcing arrangement between the law firm and a major Schedule 1 bank, initially involving the management and administration of several portfolios of distressed commercial loans, and later expanded to include commercial real estate mortgage-lending services, providing a standardized, centralized approach to loan management and greater certainty over the quality, timeliness and cost of all services.
  • Represented Canadian international oil & gas drilling company before the Iranian government agencies, National Iran Oil Company (NIOC) and the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) on civil and security charges, involving the diplomatic resources and support of the Canadian Embassy to Iran.
  • Represented Schedule 1 Bank before Industry Canada in connection with the interpretation and implementation of regulations and policies under the Canadian Small Business Finance Act (CSBFA).