Mike primarily practises in the areas of insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring law. Mike has acted as counsel to:
- lenders (including special loans departments) and as counsel to out-of-province law firms in relation to work-out and recovery strategies including forbearance arrangements, restructurings, collections and repossessions
- lenders (including special loans departments) and as counsel to out-of-province law firms in relation to restructuring and receivership / bankruptcy proceedings under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangements Act (the “CCAA”) and under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”);
- corporate debtors, landlords, suppliers, lien claimants, and other stakeholders in relation to restructuring and receivership / bankruptcy proceedings under the CCAA and under the BIA;
- insolvency professionals appointed as monitor, receiver, trustee and liquidator both in relation to specific appointments and as general counsel.
Mike also handles corporate and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on construction law and builders’ liens, as well as matters relating to operators’ liens in the oil and gas industry, unpaid sellers’ liens and commercial liens regarding grain handling and other issues associated with the supply and transport of goods.
Mike is a skilled negotiator, and has acted as an arbitrator and mediator in construction disputes. As well, Mike has handled a wide range of actions in the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.