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Gale Rubenstein


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

Tel:   416.597.4148
Fax:   416.979.1234

Gale Rubenstein serves as counsel in the Corporate Restructuring Group at Goodmans, which is consistently and widely recognized as Canada’s best and leading corporate restructuring practice. She practises in the areas of commercial insolvency, corporate restructuring, pensions and regulatory matters.


Gale’s representative work includes:

  • Lead counsel for the liquidators responsible for conducting the complex, cross-border liquidations of Confederation Life Insurance Company, Reliance Insurance Company Canadian Branch, among others, and the liquidations of Markham General Insurance Company, Canadian Millers and other domestic insurance businesses
  • Representing the Province of Ontario on the GM and Chrysler restructurings and GM IPO, and the Stelco and Essar Algoma restructurings, and as the provincial facilitator on public sector jointly sponsored pension plans
  • Advisor to the Office of Superintendent of Financial Services with respect to financial institution recovery plans and to the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation with respect to bank resolution issues
  • Lead insolvency counsel to the Investors Committee for Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper


Gale has been recognized as a leading practitioner of restructuring and insolvency law by legal publications including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers in Canada, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers and Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, Law Business Research’s Who’s Who International of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal: Canada. She has an AV Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Gale received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Insolvency Law in 2013. She is a fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada.


Gale served on the Boards of Directors of Hydro One Inc., and the Insolvency Institute of Canada and is a member of the board of Outside the March, an independent, award-winning theatre company and of the CDIC Advisory Panel.

Gale was the project leader for INSOL International’s Pensions and Insolvency - An International Survey (2015), which surveys the restructuring and insolvency law governing pensions in twenty-one key jurisdictions around the world.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
INSOL International
Insolvency Institute of Canada