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Chris Armstrong


carmstrong@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.849.6013
Fax:   416.979.1234

Chris Armstrong is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring Group at Goodmans where he practices in the areas of financial restructuring and insolvency, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of financial restructuring and insolvency by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada, and by Expert Guides and The Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”. In 2017, he was also honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

His practice includes acting for debtors, court-appointed officers, creditors, purchasers and other stakeholders in complex Canadian and cross-border restructurings and related transactions, as well as acting on behalf of purchasers and vendors in receiverships and distressed asset sales. His recent mandates include the restructurings of Nortel Networks, Toys “R” Us, Crystallex International Corporation, North America Milling, Tervita Corporation, Horsehead Holding Corp., Smurfit-Stone and Eddie Bauer, the acquisition of the former Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, and private transactions in the mining, financial services and sports entertainment fields. His practice has included appearing in numerous hearings before the Ontario Superior Court (Commercial List) and cross-border joint hearings between the Ontario and Delaware Courts, as well as involvement in various appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Chris has played an integral role in the Nortel proceedings, the largest insolvency in Canadian history, where he has represented the Canadian court-appointed Monitor in virtually all aspects of that multi-national proceeding, including in connection with the sale of Nortel’s business units and patent portfolio for US$7.5 billion, the unprecedented cross-border trial to resolve various disputes among Nortel’s Canadian, U.S. and European estates, the claims resolution process, environmental matters, the restructuring and wind-up of Nortel Canada’s controlled subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region, the 2016 global settlement of the sale proceeds allocation dispute among the Nortel estates and their significant creditors and the US$4.5 billion plan of arrangement implemented in 2017.

Chris was previously an adjunct professor at the University of Western Law School where he taught the advanced restructuring course. In 2016, he received the University Student Council Honour Roll Award for Teaching Excellence. He has also co-authored various papers including the “The Nortel Stalking Horse Sales: Maximizing Value via CCAA Flexibility”, published in the 2012 Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. Chris is actively involved in Goodmans’ student recruitment and mentoring programs for summer students, articling students and associates. In 2014, Chris received the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s Citation for Lifesaving and the St. John Ambulance Lifesaving Award.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 2007)
Queen's University (BAH (Honours), 2004)
Professional Affiliations

The Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association

Year of Call

2008 Ontario