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Waël Rostom is a highly accomplished restructuring and insolvency lawyer, advising on numerous high-profile Canadian, US and European restructuring proceedings. He advises on reorganizations under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, as well as workouts, bankruptcies, receiverships, and distressed M&A transactions.

With recognized expertise in the automotive, banking and mining industries, Waël has acted for publicly traded companies, directors and officers, shareholders, banks, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, asset-based lenders, customers and suppliers in domestic and cross-border proceedings. He also advises privately appointed and court appointed receivers, trustees in bankruptcy and court appointed monitors in discharging their statutory and other duties.

A talented finance lawyer, Waël frequently acts for clients in lending transactions, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and distressed loans, and other forms of distressed investing.

Waël is recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of restructuring / insolvency and by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law. He is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and leads the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Group nationally..



Representative Matters

  • Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) in connection with the purchase of the assets of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, Ltd. railway (MMA), which was subject to bankruptcy court protection following the tragic derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec on July 6, 2013.
  • Great Basin Gold Limited in connection with proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) and advising it relating to filings by certain of its affiliates under with South African Business Rescue Proceedings and Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
  • JP Morgan in its capacity as pre-petition Lender and DIP Lender in connection with Catalyst Paper Corporation’s filing under the CCAA.
  • Acted for the syndicates of Lenders and the DIP Lender in connection with cross-border insolvency proceedings involving the Allied Research and the Cetero Group of Companies.
  • Acted for the Syndicate of Lenders in connection with the receivership of PRACS Institute.
  • Represented the Syndicate of Lenders in connection with the Canadian aspect of the cross-border restructuring of Graceway Pharmaceuticals.
  • Represented the largest secured lenders to Trident Resources Corporation in connection with its restructuring under the CCAA.
  • Represented Pliant in connection with its cross-border restructuring and recognition proceedings under the CCAA.
  • Represented the Pre-Petition Bank Syndicate to Quebecor World.
  • Acted for the DIP Lenders to Indalex Limited and Linens ‘n Things.
  • Acted for the Informal Committee of Convertible Noteholders and two of the Plan Sponsors in Stelco Inc.
  • Acted for banks, OEMs and parts suppliers in connection with several automotive restructurings, including GBM Rivets & Fasteners, Niagara Machine Products, Windsor Machine, Dominion Springs, Vannatter/Solus, Cam-Tool & Die, Waltec Forgings, Hallmark Technologies, Genfast Manufacturing, Hunjan International, Veltri Metal Products, A.G. Simpson Automotive, Tiercon Industries, Brahm Industries and Autosystems Manufacturing.

Waël has acted for clients in the following additional public restructuring and insolvency matters:

  • Nortel Networks;
  • Angiotech;
  • Compton Petroleum;
  • General Motors and General Motors Canada;
  • Air Canada;
  • Teleglobe Inc.;
  • Ivaco Rolling Mills;
  • Inter-Canadien Airlines;
  • Cotton Ginny;
  • Playdium;
  • Roman Corporation;
  • Look Communications; and
  • Fantom Technologies


News


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring: Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition on Finance and M&A as one of Canada’s Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Restructuring / Insolvency
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 as a leader in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring: Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Restructuring / Insolvency
  • Listed in the Legal500 Canada 2020 as a “Recommended Lawyer” – Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Restructuring / Insolvency Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 as a leader in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recognized by the 2019 Lexpert Guide to the US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as a leading Canadian lawyer in cross-border practices
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring – Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Restructuring / Insolvency
  • Chambers Canada 2019 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) – Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring – Financial Restructuring
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada 2018 – Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Lexpert Guide 2018 – a leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyer in Canada
  • Chambers Global 2018 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2018 edition) – Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Chambers Canada 2018 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada 2017 – Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 – repeatedly recommended in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring – Financial Restructuring
  • Chambers Global 2017 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2017 edition) – Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Chambers Canada 2017 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Lexpert Special Edition – Global Mining 2016/17
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada 2016 – Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Chambers Global 2016 – Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2016 edition) – Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 – Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
  • Chambers and Partners: Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 Clients Guide – Canada & Restructuring / Insolvency – Canada.

Community Involvement

  • Waël is an author and lecturer on various topics concerning insolvency and restructuring matters. Recent speaking engagements include co-presenter on Recent Developments in DIP Lending, Osgoode Hall Law School Advanced Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, November 15, 2012. Waël is scheduled to speak on further developments on DIP Lending in the Fall of 2013 for The Canadian Institute.

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association

Education & Admissions

2000
Called to the Ontario bar
1998
LLBUniversity of Ottawa
1993
B.Comm. (Honours)Carleton University

Insights by Waël Rostom (9 Posts)

Featured Insight

A Win for Landlords: Letters of Credit and the Autonomy Principle

Five takeaways from 7636156 Canada Inc. (Re), 2020 ONCA 681.

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Jan 4, 2021
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Asking Lenders for Time to Deal with COVID-19 Problems

Guide for borrowers to discussing loan defaults and additional credit support with lenders.

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Mar 31, 2020
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Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?

Restructuring options and challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Coronavirus – A Preparedness and Response Guide for Canadian Businesses

What steps should corporations take to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 to the health and safety of their workforce and contractual obligations.

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Mar 9, 2020
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Amendments to the CCAA, BIA and CBCA Now in Force

Authors discuss changes in 2019 to Canadian corporate and restructuring statutes and their possible implications for insolvency practice in Canada

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Nov 19, 2019
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Canadian Corporate & Restructuring Legislation: Changes Could be on the Way

Bill C-97 (the “Bill”) was introduced in Parliament to implement the federal budget tabled by the Liberal government on March 19, 2019.

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May 10, 2019
Featured Insight

The US Trust Indenture Act, Out of Court Restructurings and the Marblegate Decision

The US Trust Indenture Act, Out of Court Restructurings and the Marblegate Decision

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Apr 4, 2017
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The Enforceability of Make-Whole Clauses in Bankruptcy

The Enforceability of Make-Whole Clauses in Bankruptcy

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Mar 30, 2017
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Assigning Contracts in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings

Assigning Contracts in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings

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Jul 18, 2014