Robert Thornton has been recognized in the 2023 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
The “highly sought after” Robert Thornton is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost insolvency practitioners in Canada and is a founder of Thornton Grout Finnigan (TGF).
Best Lawyers 2018 named Bob “Lawyer of the Year” in Canada for Toronto Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law. Euromoney’s The Best of the Best 2018 listed Bob as one of the top five insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Canada, and has described him as “exceptional” and “the most innovative in the field”. Bob is recognized as a Band 1 “leading individual” in restructuring/insolvency by Chambers Global 2020, and has been lauded as “a leading light” and “pound for pound one of the top lawyers in town”. Bob is also listed as “Most Frequently Recommended” in insolvency and financial restructuring in the 2019 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada and the 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
TGF acts as counsel to the Applicant in its CCAA proceedings. JTIM’s CCAA proceedings are related to the CCAA filings of both Rothmans, Benso...
Contentious three-way battle between US Steel, employee and pensioner union and the Province of Ontario.
The file involved a hotly contested CCAA application resulting in a global settlement amongst stakeholders followed by a creative harvesting of litigation assets by a litigation trustee all under and as part of a CCAA filing.
An unusual case involving the Federal Government and a pending lawsuit in respect to the government's actions.
Counsel to Coopers & Lybrand in connection with its restructuring proceedings, and litigation counsel in connection with the successful defence of claims against Coopers with a value of approximately $400M.
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
TGF represents the court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young in the cross-border restructuring of Performance Sports Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Performance Sports Group Ltd. and 17 of its subsidiaries entered into dual plenary cross-border proceedings
Debtor counsel in CCAA filing.
Counsel to Fraser Papers Inc. and its Canadian and U.S. affiliates in a restructuring under the CCAA and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, obtaining amendments to provincial pension legislation to facilitate a Plan of Arrangement
Acting on behalf of GE Capital Aviation Services, Inc., a principal stakeholder in the Air Canada CCAA proceedings
Acting on behalf of a committee of contesting bondholders in the BCE reorganization, which involved the world's largest leveraged buy-out with an enterprise value of $52 billion.
Represented the court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young in the restructuring of Stelco, one of the most significant CCAA restructurings in Canadian history
Counsel to a committee of unsecured bondholders of Calpine Corporation subsidiaries in oppression proceedings, as well as the subsequent cross-border restructuring of Calpine and its subsidiaries
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
Bob is the President of Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is a fellow of American College of Bankruptcy.
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