Frank Newbould

Hon. Frank J.C. Newbould, K.C.



Frank has earned a reputation as a “giant” in commercial law from his career spent as a judge, counsel and arbitrator.

Prior to joining TGF, Frank spent more than 10 years as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including as Team Leader of the Commercial List in Toronto, the country’s first and busiest commercial court. Cases he heard included domestic and cross-border insolvency matters, corporate amalgamations and reorganizations, proceedings for relief under business corporation statutes including oppression actions, and other complex commercial matters and disputes. Among his numerous high-profile cases, Justice Newbould conducted the first cross-border joint trial in Canada with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court in the global proceedings involving the Nortel Networks group of companies to determine entitlement to US$7.3 billion in proceeds of sale, using state-of-the-art technology.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he acted as litigation counsel in many large and complex commercial matters, including appearing 18 times at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been recognized in all major professional directories including Chambers Global, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and the Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada. In 2016, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Frank was appointed King’s Counsel in 1981, and is an active member of various industry associations, including INSOL International and the International Insolvency Institute. He is also a former Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Past Director of The Advocates Society.

Professional Involvement

Frank holds the following titles and memberships:

  • King’s Counsel (1981)
  • Arbitration Place (Toronto) – Panel Member
  • London Court of International Arbitration User’s Council – Member
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association – Panel Member
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre – Panel Member
  • BVI Arbitration Centre – Panel Member
  • ICC Canada Arbitration Committee – Member
  • P.R.I.M.E. Finance – Panel Member
  • ADR Institute of Canada – Chartered Arbitrator
  • ICC Canada Arbitration Committee – Member
  • South Square Chambers (UK) – Associate Member
  • INSOL International – Member
  • International Insolvency Institute – Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Former Fellow
  • Past Director of The Advocates Society – Past Director
  • Lawyers’ Club of Toronto – Past President

Recent professional appearances include:


Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1969


  • LL.B (University of Toronto), 1967
  • B.A. (Honours – Math and Economics) (Queen’s University), 1964