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Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Leading Individual, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law, 2018

Chambers Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency - Nationwide, 2018

IFLR 1000, Brendan O'Neill - Highly Regarded, Restructuring & Insolvency, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Financial Restructuring, 2018

Lexpert Magazine, Brendan O'Neill - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2017

Who's Who Legal, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Restructuring & Insolvency, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Canada's Leading Global Mining Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, 2017

Chambers Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2017

IFLR 1000, Brendan O'Neill - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Restructuring, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2016

Chambers Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2016

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2016

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2016

Lexpert Magazine, Brendan O'Neill - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2015

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2015

Lexpert Magazine, Brendan O'Neill - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2015

Who's Who Legal, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency & Restructuring, 2014

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2014

Who's Who Legal, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Restructuring, 2013

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Banking Finance & Transactional (Restructuring), 2013

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2013

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2013

Lexpert Special Edition, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Canada's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Insolvency and Restructuring, 2012

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Restructuring, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Brendan O'Neill - Consistently Recommended, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2012

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2012

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2011

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, Insolvency and Restructuring, 2011

IFLR 1000, Brendan O'Neill - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2011

IFLR 1000, Brendan O'Neill - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2010

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2010

Lexpert Magazine, Brendan O'Neill - Ranked - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Lawyer to Watch, 2010

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Up and Coming, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2009

IFLR 1000, Brendan O'Neill - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2009

Lexpert’s Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40, Brendan O'Neill - Recognized, 2009

Chambers Global, Brendan O'Neill - Up and Coming, Restructuring/Insolvency, 2008

Brendan O'Neill

Partner

boneill@goodmans.ca vCard
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 senior partner in Goodmans’ Corporate Restructuring group and a member of the Executive Committee at Goodmans.  The Goodmans Corporate Restructuring Group is consistently recognized as Canada’s best and leading corporate restructuring practice.

Brendan has extensive experience in leading domestic, cross-border and transnational corporate restructuring transactions and refinancings, including Canadian CCAA and CBCA corporate restructurings, CCAA and Chapter 11 cross-border restructurings, out-of-court restructurings and workouts, mass tort restructurings, strategic bankruptcy-based acquisitions, bankruptcy-based litigation and near-insolvency investing scenarios. Brendan regularly leads or co-leads the firm’s representation of debtor companies, secured and unsecured lenders and creditors, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, bondholders, shareholders and leading private equity firms and other strategic investors focused on distressed situations.

Brendan is highly praised by his clients and peers who describe him as follows:

  • a “prominent figure” and “future leader
  • a “great strategist” who is a “very strong advocate” and very good at leading and managing the firm’s resources on large complex transactions
  • a “superior litigator” who “does a great job of taking control of a courtroom and getting his narrative across
  • clients praise his “tenacity

Brendan is consistently recognized in leading industry reviews:

  • in 2018, Legal 500 reported that Goodmans’ restructuring partners, Robert Chadwick and Brendan O’Neill, are “the best two restructuring lawyers practising in Canada today
  • in 2018, Lexpert recognized Brendan as one of “Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers” on the cover of its 2018 Special Edition
  • in 2017, the TMA recognized Brendan’s work leading the U.S. $4.1 billion cross-border restructuring of Pacific Exploration & Production as the Turnaround Transaction of the Year for International Companies
  • 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 all recognize Brendan as one of Canada’s leading and most prominent restructuring lawyers
  • in 2009, Lexpert recognized Brendan as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40”

Brendan joined Goodmans in 2005 from the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where he practiced U.S. bankruptcy and restructuring law for several years. Since joining Goodmans, Brendan has been involved in the following representations, among others:

  • Concordia International – representing Concordia in its $4 billion recapitalization pursuant to the CBCA
  • Carillion – representing Carillion plc in connection with Carillion Canada’s reorganization pursuant to the CCAA
  • Asset Backed Commercial Paper Crisis (ABCP) – representing the Pan Canadian Investors Committee as the lead proponents of the $32 billion restructuring of Canada’s ABCP market pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 15
  • Calpine Canada – representing Calpine Canada in its $18 billion cross-border restructuring and global settlement plan pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 11
  • RGL Reservoir Management – representing RGL in connection with its $400 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Aurcana Corporation – representing Aurcana in its $40 million recapitalization pursuant to the CBCA
  • Frontera Copper – representing Frontera Copper in connection with its $185 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Best Made Toys – representing Best Made Toys in connection with an out-of-court restructuring of its secured indebtedness
  • CIGL Holdings – representing CIGL Holdings in connection with an out-of-court restructuring of its secured indebtedness
     
  • Jupiter Resources – representing the Plan Sponsor (private equity firm) of Jupiter Resources’ $1 billion restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Banro Corporation (II) – representing the Plan Sponsor (leading private equity firm) of Banro’s $250 million restructuring pursuant to the CCAA
  • Mood Media – representing the Plan Sponsors (leading private equity firms) of Mood Media’s $400 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA and Chapter 15
  • Lightstream Resources – representing the Plan Sponsors (leading private equity firms) of Lightstream’s $2 billion restructuring pursuant to the CBCA and CCAA
  • Pacific Exploration – representing the Plan Sponsors and DIP Lenders for Pacific’s $5.4 billion restructuring pursuant to the CCAA, Chapter 15 and Ley 1116 (Columbia)
  • SquareTwo Financial Corp - representing the Plan Sponsors (leading private equity firms) of SquareTwo’s $500 million restructuring pursuant to Chapter 11 and the CCAA
  • Banro Corporation (I) – representing the Plan Sponsor (leading private equity firm) of Banro’s $200 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Allen-Vanguard – representing the Plan Sponsor (private equity firm) of Allen-Vanguard’s $250 million restructuring pursuant to the CCAA
     
  • Rockport – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Rockport’s $450 million restructuring pursuant to Chapter 11 and the CCAA
  • Tervita Corporation –  representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Secured Debtholders in connection with Tervita’s $3.6 billion restructuring pursuant to the CBCA and Chapter 15
  • Connacher Oil and Gas – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Connacher’s $1 billion restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Niko Resources – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Niko’s $115 million out-of-court restructuring
  • The Cash Store – representing the Ad Hoc Committee  of Noteholders as lead creditors and plan proponents of The Cash Store’s reorganization and global class action settlement schemes pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 15
  • Lone Pine Resources Inc. – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Lone Pine’s $400 million restructuring pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 15
  • Sino-Forest – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Sino-Forest’s $2 billion restructuring (and global class action settlements) pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 15
  • NewPage Port Hawkesbury – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection NewPage’s $4 billion restructuring pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 11
  • Compton Petroleum (II) – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Compton’s $300 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Mecachrome International – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Mecachrome’s $300 million restructuring pursuant to the CCAA and French sauvegarde proceedings
  • Mobilicity – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders and DIP Lenders in connection with the restructuring and sale of Mobilicity pursuant to the CBCA and CCAA
  • SemCanada – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Secured Lenders in connection with SemCanada’s $3 billion restructuring pursuant to the CCAA and Chapter 11
  • Pfleiderer AG – representing the Steering Committee of Pfleiderer Lenders in connection with the $3 billion restructuring of the senior indebtedness of Pfleiderer AG and its international affiliates
  • Gateway Casinos – representing the New First Lien Lenders in connection with Gateway’s $1.5 billion restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Compton Petroleum (I) – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Compton’s $500 million restructuring pursuant to the CBCA
  • Lear Corporation – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Lear’s $3 billion restructuring pursuant to Chapter 11 and the CCAA
  • Pliant Corporation – representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with Pliant’s $450 million restructuring pursuant to Chapter 11 and the CCAA
     
  • Aralez Pharmaceuticals – representing the purchaser of certain IP assets of Aralez Pharmaceuticals pursuant to a CCAA based acquisition
  • Primus Telecommunications – representing the purchaser of Primus Telecommunications pursuant to a CCAA based acquisition
  • Cervelo Bicycles – representing the purchaser of Cervelo Bicycles in a near-insolvency acquisition process
  • TerreStar Networks – representing the purchaser of TerreStar Networks pursuant to a Chapter 11 and CCAA based acquisition
  • White Birch Paper Company – representing the purchaser of White Birch Paper Company pursuant to a CCAA based acquisition
  • Canadian Superior Energy – representing a strategic investor in connection with a CCAA based acquisition of certain assets of Canadian Superior Energy
  • Karry Brothers – representing the purchaser of Karry Brothers pursuant to a BIA  based acquisition
  • Sagecrest – representing the purchaser of key assets of Sagecrest pursuant to a CCAA based acquisition
  • Home Capital Group – representing a leading private equity firm in connection with a near-insolvency investment in Home Capital Group
  • Homburg – representing a leading private equity firm in connection with a near-insolvency investment in Homburg
  • Duff & Phelps – representing Duff & Phelps (US) in connection with its acquisition of the Canadian advisory practice of Richters
     
  • Lac Megantic Train Disaster – representing XL Insurance as the lead insurer and participant in the development of Montreal Maine & Atlantic’s CCAA and Chapter 11 based plan of distribution and recovery for victims of the train derailment disaster
  • Primero Mining – representing certain key stream finance parties in connection with the refinancing and sale of Primero Mining
  • Laricina Energy – representing the shareholders of Laricina in connection with its restructuring pursuant to the CCAA
  • Look Communications – representing key shareholders in respect of litigation and CCAA proceedings concerning Look Communications
     
  • HB White – representing the court-appointed monitor of HB White in connection with its CCAA restructuring
  • Planet Organic – representing the court-appointed monitor of Planet Organic in connection with its CCAA restructuring and sale
  • Ingenious Packaging – representing the court-appointed receiver of Ingenious Packaging in connection with the sale and divestiture of its business

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 is an active member of the International Insolvency Institute (III) and the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC).

 

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

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

Year of Call

Ontario
New York