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Leanne

Leanne M. Williams

lwilliams@tgf.ca
416.304.0060416.304.0060

Bio

Leanne has been recognized as a leading practitioner by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Expert Guides in the areas of restructuring and insolvency. Leanne practises exclusively in these areas including workouts, refinancing, receiverships, bankruptcies and the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally. Leanne regularly represents charter banks and financial institutions across a broad spectrum of industries. She also represents court officers such as trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and CCAA monitors.

Representative Mandates

  • Counsel to Whirlpool Canada in the CCAA restructuring of Sears Canada.
  • Counsel to BDO Canada Limited as court-appointed receiver of Emmanuel Village Residence Inc.
  • Represented Endurance Energy Ltd. in connection with its proceedings under the CCAA, an Alberta-based oil and gas production company, which successfully sold its assets as part of its restructuring efforts.
  • Counsel to the court-appointed Monitor of the Mobilicity group of companies.
  • Advisor to U.S. Steel in the restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada.
  • Counsel to the Syndicate of Lenders to Allen-Vanguard Corporation, a publicly-traded international military defense corporation, during its restructuring through the CCAA and recapitalization as a private entity.
  • Counsel to Flextronics Corporation, Nortel’s largest supplier and significant creditor, during the CCAA restructuring of Nortel.
  • Represents Hollinger and certain of its subsidiaries in its CCAA filing in Canada.
  • Advisor to the court-appointed Monitor of AbitibiBowater.
  • Represented the Monitor of a retailer, Athletes World, in its restructuring and successful Plan of Arrangement under the CCAA.
  • Counsel to the Monitor of a tobacco company, JTI Macdonald, until its successful emergence from the CCAA.
  • Acted as counsel to the court-appointed Interim Receiver of Mosaic Group, a cross-border marketing and technology company, during the liquidation of its assets for the benefit of its creditors.
  • Represented the largest secured creditor of Canada 3000 during the liquidation of the airline’s assets.
  • Acted as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor of Irwin Toy during the liquidation of its assets.

Representative Mandates

United States Steel

Contentious three-way battle between US Steel, employee and pensioner union and the Province of Ontario.

Mobilicity

An unusual case involving the Federal Government and a pending lawsuit in respect to the government's actions. 

AbitibiBowater: Counsel to the Court-appointed Monitor

Counsel to Ernst & Young, court-appointed monitor in the successful cross-border restructuring of the AbitibiBowater entities, one of the world's largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturers

Endurance Energy Ltd.: CCAA proceedings for Endurance Energy Ltd

Represents Endurance Energy Ltd. in connection with its proceedings under the CCAA, an Alberta-based oil and gas production company, which successf...

Flextronics Corporation: Counsel to Flextronics during the CCAA restructuring of Nortel

Counsel to Flextronics Corporation, Nortel's largest supplier and significant creditor, during the CCAA restructuring of Nortel

Allen-Vanguard Corporation: Counsel to the Syndicate of Lenders to Allen-Vanguard Corporation

Counsel to the Syndicate of Lenders to Allen-Vanguard Corporation, a publicly-traded international military defense corporation, during its restructuring through the CCAA and recapitalization as a private entity

Athletes World: Represented the Monitor of a retailer in its restructuring and successful Plan of Arrangement under the CCAA

Represented the Monitor of a retailer in its restructuring and successful Plan of Arrangement under the CCAA. 

Mosaic Group: Acted as counsel to the court-appointed Interim Receiver of Mosaic Group

Acted as counsel to the court-appointed Interim Receiver of Mosaic Group, a cross-border marketing and technology company, during the liquidation of its assets for the benefit of its creditors

Irwin Toy: Acted as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor of Irwin Toy during the liquidation of its assets

Acted as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor of Irwin Toy during the liquidation of its assets. 

JTI MacDonald: Counsel to the Court-appointed Monitor

Counsel to Ernst & Young, in its capacity as the Monitor of JTI Macdonald Corp., the third largest tobacco manufacturer/distributor in Canada, until its successful emergence from CCAA protection

Professional Involvement

Leanne organizes and coordinates many of TGF's internal and external fundraising efforts to benefit a variety of charities.

Leanne is a member of:

  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section
  • INSOL International
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Programs Committee of OBA, Insolvency Section
  • Programs Committee Association for Corporate Growth
  • TMA Symposium & Spring Gala Committees of the Turnaround Management Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Women’s Executive Network 

Her recent professional appearances include:

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Education

  • LL.B. (Manitoba), 1997
  • B.A. (Hons.) (Western), 1994

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