Specific transactions in which Mike has acted as counsel to lenders involving proceedings under the CCAA, the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and cross-border restructuring have included:

  • YM Inc. in acquiring certain assets of West 49 and Aeropostale
  • Magna International/Cosma International in the CCAA proceedings of Essar Steel Algoma
  • The Indenture and Collateral Trustees in the restructuring proceedings of Cash House, Allied Nevada Gold Corp., Postmedia, Skylink Aviation and numerous other non-public reorganizations
  • Apotex Corp. in the restructuring of PRACS Institute
  • Wholesome Foods Inc./Hi Flyer (Canada) in acquiring various QSR assets in the Priszm Income Fund CCAA/Receivership
  • Johnson Controls Inc. in the Azure Dynamics CCAA
  • A class action Group of US based Direct Purchasers in the Arctic Glacier Income Fund CCAA
  • CIT Equipment Leasing in the Catalyst Paper CCAA
  • YM Inc. in acquiring various retail assets in the Clothing For Modern Times CCAA/BIA
  • Gibralt Capital Corp. in the restructuring of Skyservice Airlines
  • General Motors and Chrysler (representing the Federal Government of Canada, through Industry Canada)
  • Extended Stay Hotels — acting as lead Canadian counsel to Senior Noteholders in the cross-border Chapter 11 restructuring of Extended Stay Hotels, a continent wide long-stay hotel provider
  • Richtree Inc. and Richtree Markets Inc. (counsel to Senior and DIP Lender)
  • Senior Lending Syndicate to AT&T
  • Senior Secured Lending Syndicate to the Hagemeyer Group of Companies
  • Brute Manufacturing Limited (counsel to Bank of Montreal)
  • Olympia & York Developments (representing The Bank of Nova Scotia)
  • Bargain Harolds (representing Banque Paribas)
  • Cadillac-Fairview (representing Senior Noteholders)
  • Eatons (representing Senior Noteholders)
  • Royal Oak Mines (representing Wajax Industries Limited)
  • Tiger Lease (representing Bombardier Inc.)
  • Laidlaw Inc. (representing Royal Bank of Canada)
  • GT Group Telecom (counsel to an equity investor)
  • GenTek inc./Noma Company (counsel to Senior and DIP Lenders)
  • Jamieson Laboratories Ltd. in its asset purchase from PanGeo Pharma Inc.

Mike has acted as counsel:

  • To a money market participant in significant commercial litigation against a credit union
  • To Save the Bala Falls in public interest litigation
  • To Fifth Third Bank in numerous Canadian syndicated lending transactions
  • To Computershare Trust Company of Canada as escrow agent in a significant trust roll-over
  • To debtors in many restructurings including Curragh Inc., Agnew, Tool Plas Systems Inc., Tahera Diamond Corporation, Seaquest Group of Companies and NS Technologies Inc.
  • To Deloitte & Touche in its capacity as Court Appointed Monitor of Sammi Atlas Steel Company
  • To the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Constellation Copper Inc.
  • To the Board of Directors of Algoma Steel
  • To Royal Bank in the Kings Health/B.A.C.C. matters
  • To Royal Bank, in its capacity as Administrative Agent to a syndicate of Lenders in the Bracknell Corporation matter
  • To the Chief Executive Officer of 360 Networks Inc.
  • To the Board of Directors and Chief Restructuring Officer of VicWest Corporation
  • On behalf of Standard Broadcasting in connection with the financing of the Air Canada Centre and subsequent sale of Standard Broadcasting's controlling interest to the Maple Leaf Group
  • To Molson Inc. in its sale of the Beaver Lumber shares to Home Hardware
  • To Wilson Logistics Inc. in a commercial arbitration with the City of Toronto regarding the contract for hauling Toronto's waste to Michigan