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Brian Empey


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

Tel:   416.597.4194
Fax:   416.979.1234

Brian Empey is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring Group at Goodmans.  He practices in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency, restructuring, creditor remedies, secured transactions and structured financings, including derivatives and asset-backed securitizations.

Brian has particular expertise in restructurings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and in insolvencies of securities firms and financial institutions.  He has advised a number of debtors in CCAA proceedings and cross-border restructuring, including Toys "R" Us, BearingPoint, Masonite, Atrium/North Star, Calpine Canada, Core-Mark, Laidlaw and The Canadian Red Cross Society.  Brian advised the Pan-Canadian Investors Committee concerning their CCAA Plan in the successful $32 billion restructuring of Canadian Third-Party Structured Asset-Backed Commercial Paper.  Brian has participated in a number of other noted matters while advising creditors, regulators, committees and court-appointed officers, including Nortel, LightSquared, Indalex, First Leaside Securities, MF Global Canada, General Motors, Chrysler, Planet Organic, Stelco, Air Canada, Confederation Life Insurance Company, Confederation Treasury Services and Microforum.

Brian is recognized as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer by Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal Canada, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers and is BV Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  Brian has published articles and spoken locally and internationally on a number of issues relating to insolvency and is a former Chair of the Insolvency Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Education University of Western Ontario (LL.B., 1988)
University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1985)
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section
Insolvency Institute of Canada
INSOL International
Turnaround Management Association

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