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Bio

Bruce practices in the areas of financial services, corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency and bankruptcy law, including advice regarding corporate debt restructuring and recovery strategies, Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act Arrangements and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act proposals; loans, loan recovery and enforcement; related shareholder, director, employee, environmental and other issues; lender liability, bankruptcy and receivership generally.

He advises corporations, banks secondary lenders, venture capital firms, shareholders, directors, creditors and debtors. He has chaired and developed the firm’s insolvency and restructuring, financial services, environmental and aboriginal practice groups.

  • Primary Practice Area

    Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

  • Practice Areas

    Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

    Financial Services

  • Education

    University of Manitoba, B.A. in Economics, 1976
    University of Manitoba, LL.B., 1979

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 1980

  • Achievements

    • Member – Insolvency Institute of Canada
    • One of Chambers Canada’s top lawyers in General Business Law (2019)
    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Canada – Insolvency and Restructuring (2015, 2017 & 2018)
    • Recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Attorney
    • Named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (2017)
    • Recognized by Chambers and Partners (Global) in General Business Law (2018)
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Banking and Finance Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (since 2006)
    • Named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law (2014)
    • Named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (2013)
    • A leading practitioner, Banking, Insolvency (Financial Restructuring), Insolvency (Insolvency Litigation), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2014)
    • Lexpert Directory – Insolvency & Financial Restructuring and Banking and Financial Institutions – Repeatedly Recommended (since 1998)
  • Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter, “Hostage Payments,” CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum (Winnipeg, May 2018)
    • Presenter, “What We Tell Borrowers Who are in Financial Distress,” Risk Management Association (Winnipeg, 2016)
    • Moderator, “The Chilling Effect of Potential Environmental Claims,” Canadian Bar Association Pan-Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Law Conference (2015)
    • Presenter, “Financing Distressed Businesses,” Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) Insolvency and Restructuring Forum (Winnipeg, May 2014)
    • Co-author, “Forbearance and Standstill Agreements,” Canadian Bar Association Pan-Canadian Insolvency & Restructuring Conference (2012)
    • Presenter, “Forbearance Agreements,” CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum (Winnipeg, May 2012)
    • Author and presenter, “Business Restructuring Basics” with J.J. Burnell, Isaac Pitblado Lectures (November 2011)
    • Presenter, “Creditor Perspective: Enforcing Security,” CAIRP Conference (May 2008)
    • Presenter, “Directors’ Liability,” CAIRP Conference (May 2007)
    • Author and presenter, “Technical Update,” CAIRP Conference (May 2005)
    • Panelist studying the “Battery Plus Inc.” case, CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum, Continuing Education Seminar (May 2003)
    • Author and presenter, “Insolvency and Social Interest Considerations: Navigating a Legal and Political Minefield.” The Canadian Institute’s Third Annual Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice Conference (January 2003); also published in the “National Insolvency Review” (February 2003)
    • Author and presenter, “Environmental Considerations in Insolvency – Isolate and Insulate,” The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice Conference (June 2002)
    • Presenter, United States Bankruptcy Code, CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum (May 2002)
    • Presenter, “Tools for Restructuring the Troubled Business,” The Law Society of Manitoba, CLE Program, Advising Financially Troubled Businesses (February 2002)
    • Presenter, “Reflections on Isobord,” Inaugural meeting, Manitoba Branch of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section (November 2001)
    • Presenter, respecting the Supreme Court of Canada decision of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, organized by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council at the Little Saskatchewan First Nation (July 21-22, 1998)
    • Numerous client and firm seminars and presentations to associations/organizations, including: The Law Society of Manitoba, Canadian Insolvency Association, Credit Union Central of Manitoba, Winnipeg Construction Association, Appraisal Institute of Canada, Manitoba Branch of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, Lorman Education Services (as early as 1986)
    • Presentations at numerous other conferences, including: Environmental Regulation Course, Credit Union Lenders Conference, NEXIA Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Conference (as early as 1986)

  • Associations

    • Law Society of Manitoba
    • Manitoba Bar Association
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Insolvency Institute of Canada
    • INSOL International