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R. Graham Phoenix

Graham leads the firm’s Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Group and also practices Corporate/Commercial law.  As a result, he is at home representing clients in the courtroom as well as in the boardroom.

In Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring scenarios, Graham’s experience spans all sectors of business and industry.  He represents and advises clients in litigation and corporate/commercial transactions in the context of formal and informal turnarounds, re-financings, reorganizations, security enforcement and liquidations, as well as bankruptcies, receiverships and restructuring proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and other corporate/commercial statutes. Graham also has considerable cross-border experience under the BIA, CCAA and Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.  He has acted in the context of the purchase and sale of distressed assets and going-concern businesses, and has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the US Bankruptcy Court (District of Delaware).

In the Corporate/Commercial space, Graham’s experience is diverse, covering all manner of commercial transactions, with a particular focus on commercial lending. He has acted for borrowers, banks, syndicates, private equity investors and shareholders in financings and re-financings, secured transactions, factoring agreements, security buy-outs and DIP financings, equipment financings, as well as debt restructurings.  His experience includes lending and financing in both distressed scenarios and conventional transactions, as well as general corporate/commercial transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Graham practiced for several years in the Toronto office of a leading international law firm and in-house as senior legal counsel for the Canadian operations of a Fortune 500 company.

Graham is also a member of the 102.1 the edge Hall of Fame for his work in radio.

Qualifications and Designations

LL.B. – Osgoode Hall Law School
Hons. B.A. – Glendon College, York University

Membership and Affiliations

Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association
Insolvency Law Section, OBA (Executive)