Christian Lachance

Partner

Christian Lachance

Christian Lachance

Partner

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  • Québec, 2005

Christian is a big-picture thinker who provides insightful and highly efficient solutions.

Christian specializes in financial restructuring and insolvency, litigation and banking. He advises on some of Canada's most complex and intricate restructuring cases, representing lenders, trustees, receivers and retailers. Companies in difficult financial circumstances turn to him for guidance and practical, business-minded advice.

Christian is the president of the Liaison Committee of the Superior Court, Commercial Chamber of the Montréal Bar, and a member of the Emerging Issues and Law Reform Committee of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is a lecturer in bankruptcy and insolvency at the McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke law faculties. Christian is the coordinator of the Insolvency practice in our Montréal office. He was a law clerk for the Honourable René Dussault, judge of the Québec Court of Appeal.

Christian Lachance

Partner

Christian is a big-picture thinker who provides insightful and highly efficient solutions.

Christian specializes in financial restructuring and insolvency, litigation and banking. He advises on some of Canada's most complex and intricate restructuring cases, representing lenders, trustees, receivers and retailers. Companies in difficult financial circumstances turn to him for guidance and practical, business-minded advice.

Christian is the president of the Liaison Committee of the Superior Court, Commercial Chamber of the Montréal Bar, and a member of the Emerging Issues and Law Reform Committee of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is a lecturer in bankruptcy and insolvency at the McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke law faculties. Christian is the coordinator of the Insolvency practice in our Montréal office. He was a law clerk for the Honourable René Dussault, judge of the Québec Court of Appeal.

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Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Oxford Properties Group

Acting for Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Oxford Properties Group in the restructuring proceedings of Le Château Inc. under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

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Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc.

Acted for Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. and some of its related entities in the context of G.I. Sportz's restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, utilizing the relatively rare foreign recognized Canadian receivership proceedings to implement an assets sale to the purchaser of secured debt.

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Fédération des Caisses Desjardins

Acted for Fédération des Caisses Desjardins in connection with the cross-border restructuring of Cirque du Soleil under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as well as the implementation of cash management arrangements and other facilities.

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Insolvency Institute of Canada

Acted for the Insolvency Institute of Canada in connection with its intervention before the Québec Court of Appeal in the Québec controversy involving the application of section 243 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and, more specifically, the right of hypothecary creditors to have a receiver appointed and their obligation to provide timely prior notice of the exercise of a hypothecary right.

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Reitmans (Canada) Limited

Acting for Reitmans (Canada) Limited, a TSX-listed clothing retailer with approximately 600 stores across Canada operating under five different banners (Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity and RW&CO), in its restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

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Bentley Leathers Inc.

Acted for Bentley Leathers Inc., a Montréal-based luggage, handbags and travel accessories retailer, in its restructuring into a new entity to preserve over 160 of its 250 stores across Canada.

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Things Remembered Canada Inc.

Acted for Things Remembered Inc. (Canada) and Things Remembered, Inc. (U.S.) in their cross-border restructuring proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in Canada and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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Deloitte Restructuring Inc.

Acting for Deloitte Restructuring Inc. in its capacity as receiver of SPG International Ltd.

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Bluberi Group Inc.

Successfully acted for 9354-9186 Québec Inc. and 9354-9178 Québec Inc. (formerly known as Bluberi Gaming Technologies Inc. and Bluberi Group Inc.) with regards to (i) appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada and (ii) their restructuring efforts under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The judges of the Supreme Court, on the bench, unanimously ruled in favour of our clients and overturned the Court of Appeal.

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Formula E Operations Ltd.

Successfully acted for Formula E Operations Ltd. (FEO) in connection with its claims arising from the City of Montréal's decision to cancel the Montréal ePrix. This includes asserting FEO's claims against the City of Montréal and in the bankruptcy proceedings of Montréal C'est Électrique, a non-profit corporation set up by the City for the purposes of acting as promoter of the Montréal ePrix.

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Callidus Capital Corporation v HMQ: Last Word Goes to the Secured Creditor

Nov. 14, 2018 - The Supreme Court of Canada (the SCC) has overturned the decision rendered by a majority of the Federal Court of Appeal (the FCA) in Callidus Capital Corporation v Her Majesty the Queen. The case originated out of a motion filed in the Federal Court (the FC) by Callidus Capital...

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Liquidating CCAAs and Pension Deemed Trust Priorities

Sept. 14, 2017 - The very clearly written decision of Québec Superior Court Justice Stephen Hamilton in the Bloom Lake and Wabush Mines Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings is certain to be the topic of current discussion in the Canadian insolvency and secured lending communities. See...

Speaking Engagement
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Le Conseil des Syndics de faillite du Québec, L’Association québécoise des professionnels de la réorganisation et de l’insolvabilité Annual Conference, “Jurisprudential Assessment on Commercial Insolvency”; Montréal QC

Nov. 20, 2013

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Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business—Restructuring/Insolvency

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Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Insolvency (Litigation Star); 40 and Under Hot List

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Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2020)—Recipient

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IFLR1000 Canada Awards—Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyer of the Year (2020)

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IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Restructuring and Insolvency

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Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

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Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring: Insolvency Litigation

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law

Bar Admissions
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Québec, 2005

Education
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University of Cambridge, LLM, 2004
Université Laval, LLB (Dean’s List), 2003

Professional Affiliations
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Barreau de Montréal
Cambridge University Commonwealth Society
Insolvency Institute of Canada
International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)
Turnaround Management Association

Community Involvement
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Barreau de Montréal, Liaison Committee of the Superior Court ‒ Commercial Division, president
Insolvency Institute of Canada, Emerging Issues and Law Reform Committee

Teaching Engagements
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Christian is a lecturer in bankruptcy and insolvency at the McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke law faculties.

Christian is a big-picture thinker who provides insightful and highly efficient solutions.

Christian specializes in financial restructuring and insolvency, litigation and banking. He advises on some of Canada's most complex and intricate restructuring cases, representing lenders, trustees, receivers and retailers. Companies in difficult financial circumstances turn to him for guidance and practical, business-minded advice.

Christian is the president of the Liaison Committee of the Superior Court, Commercial Chamber of the Montréal Bar, and a member of the Emerging Issues and Law Reform Committee of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is a lecturer in bankruptcy and insolvency at the McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke law faculties. Christian is the coordinator of the Insolvency practice in our Montréal office. He was a law clerk for the Honourable René Dussault, judge of the Québec Court of Appeal.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Oxford Properties Group

Acting for Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Oxford Properties Group in the restructuring proceedings of Le Château Inc. under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc.

Acted for Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. and some of its related entities in the context of G.I. Sportz's restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, utilizing the relatively rare foreign recognized Canadian receivership proceedings to implement an assets sale to the purchaser of secured debt.

Fédération des Caisses Desjardins

Acted for Fédération des Caisses Desjardins in connection with the cross-border restructuring of Cirque du Soleil under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as well as the implementation of cash management arrangements and other facilities.

Insolvency Institute of Canada

Acted for the Insolvency Institute of Canada in connection with its intervention before the Québec Court of Appeal in the Québec controversy involving the application of section 243 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and, more specifically, the right of hypothecary creditors to have a receiver appointed and their obligation to provide timely prior notice of the exercise of a hypothecary right.

Reitmans (Canada) Limited

Acting for Reitmans (Canada) Limited, a TSX-listed clothing retailer with approximately 600 stores across Canada operating under five different banners (Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity and RW&CO), in its restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Bentley Leathers Inc.

Acted for Bentley Leathers Inc., a Montréal-based luggage, handbags and travel accessories retailer, in its restructuring into a new entity to preserve over 160 of its 250 stores across Canada.

Things Remembered Canada Inc.

Acted for Things Remembered Inc. (Canada) and Things Remembered, Inc. (U.S.) in their cross-border restructuring proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in Canada and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Deloitte Restructuring Inc.

Acting for Deloitte Restructuring Inc. in its capacity as receiver of SPG International Ltd.

Bluberi Group Inc.

Successfully acted for 9354-9186 Québec Inc. and 9354-9178 Québec Inc. (formerly known as Bluberi Gaming Technologies Inc. and Bluberi Group Inc.) with regards to (i) appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada and (ii) their restructuring efforts under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The judges of the Supreme Court, on the bench, unanimously ruled in favour of our clients and overturned the Court of Appeal.

Formula E Operations Ltd.

Successfully acted for Formula E Operations Ltd. (FEO) in connection with its claims arising from the City of Montréal's decision to cancel the Montréal ePrix. This includes asserting FEO's claims against the City of Montréal and in the bankruptcy proceedings of Montréal C'est Électrique, a non-profit corporation set up by the City for the purposes of acting as promoter of the Montréal ePrix.

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Callidus Capital Corporation v HMQ: Last Word Goes to the Secured Creditor

Nov. 14, 2018 - The Supreme Court of Canada (the SCC) has overturned the decision rendered by a majority of the Federal Court of Appeal (the FCA) in Callidus Capital Corporation v Her Majesty the Queen. The case originated out of a motion filed in the Federal Court (the FC) by Callidus Capital...

Bulletin

Liquidating CCAAs and Pension Deemed Trust Priorities

Sept. 14, 2017 - The very clearly written decision of Québec Superior Court Justice Stephen Hamilton in the Bloom Lake and Wabush Mines Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings is certain to be the topic of current discussion in the Canadian insolvency and secured lending communities. See...

Speaking Engagement

Le Conseil des Syndics de faillite du Québec, L’Association québécoise des professionnels de la réorganisation et de l’insolvabilité Annual Conference, “Jurisprudential Assessment on Commercial Insolvency”; Montréal QC

Nov. 20, 2013

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business—Restructuring/Insolvency

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Insolvency (Litigation Star); 40 and Under Hot List

Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2020)—Recipient

IFLR1000 Canada Awards—Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyer of the Year (2020)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Restructuring and Insolvency

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring: Insolvency Litigation

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2005

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM, 2004
Université Laval, LLB (Dean’s List), 2003

Professional Affiliations

Barreau de Montréal
Cambridge University Commonwealth Society
Insolvency Institute of Canada
International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)
Turnaround Management Association

Community Involvement

Barreau de Montréal, Liaison Committee of the Superior Court ‒ Commercial Division, president
Insolvency Institute of Canada, Emerging Issues and Law Reform Committee

Teaching Engagements

Christian is a lecturer in bankruptcy and insolvency at the McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke law faculties.