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Brendan O'Neill


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.849.6017
Fax:   416.979.1234

Brendan O’Neill is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring Group and a member of the Executive Committee at Goodmans. Brendan has experience in cross-border and transnational insolvencies and restructurings, U.S. Chapter 11 reorganizations, Canadian CCAA and CBCA restructurings, out-of-court restructurings and workouts, mass tort restructurings, bankruptcy-based acquisitions, bankruptcy-based litigation and near-insolvency investing scenarios. Brendan has represented debtors, secured and unsecured lenders and creditors, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, bondholders, shareholders and investors focused on distressed situations.

Brendan joined the group in 2005 from the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. While at Paul Weiss, Brendan participated in several major U.S. Chapter 11 cases, including representing key creditors in the Adelphia and DIRECT TV cases and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Armstrong Industries, Inc., United Pan-Europe Communications, IMPSAT Fiber Networks, Inc., United-Australia Pacific and Navigator Gas Transport PLC. Since joining Goodmans, Brendan has been involved in the restructurings of Calpine Canada, ABCP, Pliant, Lear, Mecachrome, SemCanada, Allen-Vanguard, Frontera Copper, Compton Petroleum (I and II), White Birch Paper Company, TerreStar Networks, Sino-Forest, NewPage, Lone Pine Resources, Mobilicity, Montreal & Maine Atlantic (Lac Mégantic), The Cash Store, Connacher Oil and Gas, Laricina Energy, Aurcana Corporation, Primus Telecommunications, Pacific Exploration, Lightstream Resources, Tervita, Banro Corporation, RGL Reservoir, Concordia International, Carillion Canada and Primero Mining, among others.

Brendan is a frequent lecturer on domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. Brendan serves on various committees for INSOL International and was Chair of the INSOL Toronto Seminar in 2014. Brendan has been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, IFLR 1000, the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business, Lexpert, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading restructuring lawyer and by Chambers as a “prominent figure” and “future leader”.  In 2009, Lexpert recognized Brendan as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40”; and in 2018, Brendan was recognized in the 2018 Lexpert Special Edition as one of “Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers”.

Education Queen's University (B.A. (Honours))
University of Toronto (LL.B.)
Professional Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section
INSOL International
Insolvency Institute of Canada
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association

Year of Call

New York