Robert Chadwick


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Robert J. Chadwick is a partner at Goodmans. He practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, banking and private equity law with a focus on corporate financing and restructuring. He also has expertise in national, cross-border and international transactions.

Rob has provided strategic advice in significant financings, acquisitions and other transactional matters in various industries on behalf of a diverse group of clients. He advises a number of boards of directors of companies, and is recognized as a leading business lawyer in Canada.

Rob is recognized as a leading practitioner of insolvency and restructuring law by several leading industry guides, including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, IFLR1000 (Market Leader), Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency, Who’s Who Legal Canada, Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders - Restructuring & Insolvency, The Legal 500 Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and The 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers.

Rob has consistently been ranked by Chambers in Band 1 (the highest ranking) of the leading restructuring lawyers in Canada and is featured in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A leading lawyers. He was recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” early in his career. He was named the 2014 Toronto Insolvency and Financial Restructuring “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Canada. In 2022, Rob was named as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the WWL Thought Leaders, Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 Report.

Rob is highly praised by clients and peers and is described as:
  • “the number one restructuring lawyer in Canada.  He excels at resolving complex problems efficiently and calmly, which avoids substantial time and legal costs that others often seek to cause” (IFLR1000)
  • “a fantastic negotiator, a very thoughtful advocate, and really good at doing a deal”, “a strategic thinker, who is very calm under fire, and seems to manage everybody like the conductor of an orchestra,” and “he’s always thinking four steps ahead” (Chambers Canada)

Featured Work

Rob has been lead counsel on many of the major, high-profile Canadian and cross-border commercial matters and restructurings, including, most recently, Sherritt International Corporation, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Calfrac Well Services, Source Energy Sources, Just Energy, Concordia International, Carillion Canada, Bellatrix Exploration, Postmedia, Golf Town Canada, Essar Steel Algoma, RGL Reservoir, Crystallex International, Tervita, Rubicon Minerals and Millar Western Forest Products.


Professional Involvement

Rob is a frequent speaker on a broad range of corporate, restructuring and board governance topics in Canada, and is a member of the Women's Success Committee at Goodmans.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • INSOL International
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • International Insolvency Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association