On November 8, J.J. Burnell and Ryan Zahara will speak at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) 15th annual Insolvency Law Conference.
J.J. is participating in a panel titled “What To Do… What To Do… Ethical Considerations in Insolvency Practice”. Legal professionals and Licensed Insolvency Trustees will discuss a series of hypothetical ethical dilemmas in various insolvency and insolvency related fact scenarios. The discussion will relate to ethics, practice management and professionalism and will include matters such as:
• Sources of ethical rules;
• The use by a trustee of the bankrupts privileged information;
• Disclosure obligations in ex parte order;
• The duty of good faith and conflicts of interest;
• The duty to be courteous;
• Abuse of insolvency proceedings.
Ryan is participating in a panel titled “Dealing With True Leases And Financing Leases”: The panel will be a discussion regarding the treatment of true versus financing leases in insolvency proceedings in Canada. The discussion will focus on the most recent case law, specific issues that arise in dealing with these assets in a variety of different types of insolvency proceedings and an analysis of a fact pattern where the members of the panel will take the position of different parties in a proceeding to highlight how these specific issues are commonly addressed.
MLT Aikins will also be sponsoring a networking break at the event.
November 7-8, 2019
In the area of corporate recovery and insolvency law, J.J. provides advice regarding corporate recovery strategies, debt restructuring, arrangements, proposals, loans, loan recovery and enforcement, shareholder, director and employee issues, lender liability, bankruptcy and receivership generally. She advises corporations, banks, secondary lenders, venture capital firms, shareholders, creditors and debtors.
In the area of pension and benefits law, J.J. advises on and assists in a wide variety of matters involving pension and benefit plans, including winding-up or amendment of plans, plan creation and implementation, plan mergers, executive compensation, trust agreements and agreements for administrative services, asset transfers, surplus and distribution issues and due diligence matters.
Ryan has been involved in numerous restructuring proceedings under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA) and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA). Ryan also regularly acts on behalf of court-appointed officers in insolvency proceedings, including receivers, monitors and trustees. Ryan has represented clients from a wide range of industries including retail, real estate, mining, oil and gas and manufacturing.
Ryan appears regularly before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.
Ryan also advises on commercial litigation issues, including corporate foreclosures, enforcement actions and construction disputes.