Clients turn to Denis for his detailed knowledge of insolvency matters.
Denis specializes in bankruptcy, insolvency, financial restructuring and related litigation, as well as general commercial litigation. An experienced and dynamic lawyer, Denis offers practical, proactive advice based on his extensive legal knowledge and business sense. His clients include large multinationals, banks and financial services institutions, creditors, debtors and court officers (including trustees, monitors and receivers).
Denis is a skilled litigator who knows how to put his clients’ interests at the forefront. Over his 30-year career, he has developed creative solutions in many of Québec’s most significant restructuring and insolvency matters – his knowledge, creativity and innovation paving the way for countless reorganizations and transactions.
A long-time instructor for the Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional Qualification Program, Denis is a seasoned communicator who is known for his ability to distill complex information into simple terms and is regularly called upon to speak at conferences.
Ernst & Young Inc.
Acted for Ernst & Young Inc., a Court-appointed Monitor, in connection with the restructuring of Quebecor World Inc. and 53 of its subsidiaries in excess of US$2.8 billion of liabilities and emerged from protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code pursuant to Plans of Reorganization approved by creditors and courts in both countries.
Tata Chemicals Limited
Acted as Canadian counsel to India-based Tata Chemicals Limited in its acquisition of General Chemical Industrial Products Inc. in a transaction valued at US$1 billion, making Tata Chemicals one of the largest soda ash producers in the world.
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.
The Aldo Group Inc.
Acting for The Aldo Group Inc. in its proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
Acting as Canadian counsel to Alstom S.A. in its US$8.2-billion strategic acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Freemark Apparel Brands Inc., Freemark Apparel Brands USA, Inc., Freemark Apparel Brands ESP Inc. and Freemark
Acting for Freemark Apparel Brands Inc., Freemark Apparel Brands USA, Inc., Freemark Apparel Brands ESP Inc. and Freemark Apparel Brands TEC Inc., in their restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).
Hale Capital Partners
Acted for Hale Capital Partners in connection with a debtor in possession loan to RB Energy Inc. in a Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceeding.
Raymond Chabot Inc.
Acting for Raymond Chabot Inc. in its capacity as trustee to the proposal of Peloton Pharmaceuticals Inc.
HSBC Bank Canada
Acted for HSBC Bank Canada in connection with the restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of the Gray Aqua Group, a major aquaculture group of companies with operations in various eastern Canadian provinces.
HSBC Bank Canada
Acting for HSBC Bank Canada, the most significant creditor of Béton Brunet and its affiliates, in its restructuring attempt under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
Moderator, Insolvency Institute of Canada, Annual Conference and General Meeting, “Going, Going Gone… Comments on the National Model Initial Order”; Naples, Florida
Oct. 25, 2019
New York State Bar Association, International Section, “U.S./Canadian Insolvency Proceedings”; Montréal, QC
Oct. 25, 2018
The Role of the Monitor and Its Impact on U.S. Restructurings
Dec. 01, 2014 - These are the three most frequent questions that our colleagues outside Canada ask when they face a Canadian restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA): Who is this monitor? What is its role? Who does it represent? Download this article.
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Restructuring/Insolvency (“long track record and very thorough knowledge of the restructuring environment”)
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)
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Restructuring and Insolvency
The Legal 500 Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency (Recommended)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Insolvency
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring: Insolvency Litigation (Most Frequently Recommended); Financial Restructuring (Most Frequently Recommended)
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law; Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (Lawyer of the Year 2015, Montréal)
Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency; Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring and Insolvency
Expert Guides—Restructuring and Insolvency