Natalie Renner

Partner

Natalie Renner

Natalie Renner

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2008

“Natalie is practical-minded, savvy and knows the ins and outs of insolvency.”
Industry Peer – Chambers Canada 2019

Natalie has a broad commercial practice focusing on insolvency, corporate reorganizations, asset sales and acquisitions, creditor rights enforcement and proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. She also advises on banking, finance and corporate matters. Her clients – including financial institutions, corporations, strategic investors and accounting firms – appreciate Natalie’s business-minded solutions and expertise at identifying and resolving their important concerns.

A frequent lecturer on insolvency and commercial law matters at the Osgoode Professional Development Program, the Osgoode Professional LLM Program and Osgoode Hall Law School, Natalie also teaches their Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course.

Natalie Renner

Partner

“Natalie is practical-minded, savvy and knows the ins and outs of insolvency.”
Industry Peer – Chambers Canada 2019

Natalie has a broad commercial practice focusing on insolvency, corporate reorganizations, asset sales and acquisitions, creditor rights enforcement and proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. She also advises on banking, finance and corporate matters. Her clients – including financial institutions, corporations, strategic investors and accounting firms – appreciate Natalie’s business-minded solutions and expertise at identifying and resolving their important concerns.

A frequent lecturer on insolvency and commercial law matters at the Osgoode Professional Development Program, the Osgoode Professional LLM Program and Osgoode Hall Law School, Natalie also teaches their Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acting for FCF Co. Ltd. in its US$925-million stalking horse bid for all assets of Clover Leaf Foods and Bumble Bee Foods, North America's largest branded shelf-stable seafood companies, under a sale proceeding conducted under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Acting for FTI Consulting Canada Inc. in its capacity as court-appointed monitor of Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited and its affiliated corporation, Imperial Tobacco Company Limited, in proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Crystallex International Corporation

Acting as counsel for the debtor in Crystallex International Corporation's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

GSO Capital Partners LP

Acted for GSO Capital Partners LP and its affiliates in the negotiation and establishment of two credit facilities, and the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Grafton-Fraser Inc., former owner of Tip Top Tailors and other men's retail chains across Canada, pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

A significant creditor

Acted for a significant creditor in connection with the Maple Bank of Canada's liquidation proceedings under the Winding-Up and Restructuring Act.

Alvarez & Marsal

Acted for Alvarez & Marsal in its role as Monitor of Ben Moss Jewellers Western Canada, Ltd. in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Danier Leather Inc.

Acted for Danier Leather Inc. in its proposal, receivership and bankruptcy proceedings all under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, which saw all of Danier's creditors being paid in full, leaving a considerable surplus for shareholders.

Nortel Networks UK Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel to Nortel Networks UK Limited together with 18 of its subsidiaries and their Joint Administrators (the EMEA Estate), in connection with the global liquidation of the Nortel group of companies.

Richter Advisory Group

Acted as counsel to Richter Advisory Group Inc. as receiver and manager in the matter of AFI Hydro Inc.

Postmedia Network Inc.

Acted for Postmedia Network Inc. in the acquisition of the publishing business of Canwest LP under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The assets included the largest publisher of English-language newspapers in Canada as well as an extensive portfolio of digital media and online assets. The aggregate enterprise value of the assets was estimated to be $1.1 billion. Also acted throughout the CCAA proceedings for an Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders, comprised of 18 investment funds, which held the majority of Canwest LP's outstanding indebtedness and which provided a $250-million equity commitment to permit the acquisition.

Hydrostor Inc.

Acted for Hydrostor Inc., a developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in securing a US$37-million growth financing to advance their global pipeline of utility-scale energy storage projects, including equity, debt, an asset acquisition, cash commitments, a project development partnership with Meridiam, a global infrastructure developer, and a strategic technology partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Quality Engineered Homes

Acted for Quality Engineered Homes in connection with a secured loan from Liquid Capital.

Bentley Leathers Inc.

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

Bank of Montreal

Acted for the Bank of Montreal as co-lead arrangers and joint bookrunners with ATB Financial with a syndicated credit agreement for Sundial Growers Inc., a global cannabis company based in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Things Remembered Canada Inc.

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

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

Aug. 15, 2019 - Rebuilding Success, Fall/Winter 2019 (CAIRP)
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Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

Mar. 15, 2019 - Rebuilding Success, Spring/Summer 2019 (CAIRP)
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Bulletin

Top Court Rules Bankrupt Corporations Can’t Evade Environmental Obligations

Feb. 05, 2019 - In a landmark decision released on January 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton Ltd. that the environmental remediation obligations of a bankrupt oil and gas company must be fulfilled in priority over all other claims, including…

Speaking Engagement

International Insolvency Confederation, “Blockchain & Cannabis: What every IIC member needs to know”

Dec. 12, 2018

Article

Why the Cannabis Act Should Make Company Stakeholders Nervous

Nov. 28, 2018 - The following op-ed was originally published in The Globe and Mail. Last month, Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide, fulfilling the promise first announced by the Liberal government on the campaign trail in 2015. In the months leading up to...

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development Program, Perfect Your PPSA Skills, “Overview of Personal Property Security Act”; annual

Nov. 14, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional LLM Program Lending, Security and Insolvency Law Course, “Taking PPSA Security”; annual

Nov. 12, 2018

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

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2008

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 2007
University of Toronto, BA, 2001

Professional Affiliations

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Ontario Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association

Teaching Engagements

Since 2013, Natalie has lectured on insolvency and commercial law matters at the Osgoode Professional Development Program, the Osgoode Professional LLM Program and Osgoode Hall Law School. Natalie also teaches the Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course at Osgoode Hall Law School and has taught the business law section of the CanBarPrep Course.

“Natalie is practical-minded, savvy and knows the ins and outs of insolvency.”
Industry Peer – Chambers Canada 2019

Natalie has a broad commercial practice focusing on insolvency, corporate reorganizations, asset sales and acquisitions, creditor rights enforcement and proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. She also advises on banking, finance and corporate matters. Her clients – including financial institutions, corporations, strategic investors and accounting firms – appreciate Natalie’s business-minded solutions and expertise at identifying and resolving their important concerns.

A frequent lecturer on insolvency and commercial law matters at the Osgoode Professional Development Program, the Osgoode Professional LLM Program and Osgoode Hall Law School, Natalie also teaches their Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acting for FCF Co. Ltd. in its US$925-million stalking horse bid for all assets of Clover Leaf Foods and Bumble Bee Foods, North America's largest branded shelf-stable seafood companies, under a sale proceeding conducted under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Acting for FTI Consulting Canada Inc. in its capacity as court-appointed monitor of Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited and its affiliated corporation, Imperial Tobacco Company Limited, in proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Crystallex International Corporation

Acting as counsel for the debtor in Crystallex International Corporation's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

GSO Capital Partners LP

Acted for GSO Capital Partners LP and its affiliates in the negotiation and establishment of two credit facilities, and the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Grafton-Fraser Inc., former owner of Tip Top Tailors and other men's retail chains across Canada, pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

A significant creditor

Acted for a significant creditor in connection with the Maple Bank of Canada's liquidation proceedings under the Winding-Up and Restructuring Act.

Alvarez & Marsal

Acted for Alvarez & Marsal in its role as Monitor of Ben Moss Jewellers Western Canada, Ltd. in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Danier Leather Inc.

Acted for Danier Leather Inc. in its proposal, receivership and bankruptcy proceedings all under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, which saw all of Danier's creditors being paid in full, leaving a considerable surplus for shareholders.

Nortel Networks UK Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel to Nortel Networks UK Limited together with 18 of its subsidiaries and their Joint Administrators (the EMEA Estate), in connection with the global liquidation of the Nortel group of companies.

Richter Advisory Group

Acted as counsel to Richter Advisory Group Inc. as receiver and manager in the matter of AFI Hydro Inc.

Postmedia Network Inc.

Acted for Postmedia Network Inc. in the acquisition of the publishing business of Canwest LP under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The assets included the largest publisher of English-language newspapers in Canada as well as an extensive portfolio of digital media and online assets. The aggregate enterprise value of the assets was estimated to be $1.1 billion. Also acted throughout the CCAA proceedings for an Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders, comprised of 18 investment funds, which held the majority of Canwest LP's outstanding indebtedness and which provided a $250-million equity commitment to permit the acquisition.

Hydrostor Inc.

Acted for Hydrostor Inc., a developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in securing a US$37-million growth financing to advance their global pipeline of utility-scale energy storage projects, including equity, debt, an asset acquisition, cash commitments, a project development partnership with Meridiam, a global infrastructure developer, and a strategic technology partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Quality Engineered Homes

Acted for Quality Engineered Homes in connection with a secured loan from Liquid Capital.

Bentley Leathers Inc.

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

Bank of Montreal

Acted for the Bank of Montreal as co-lead arrangers and joint bookrunners with ATB Financial with a syndicated credit agreement for Sundial Growers Inc., a global cannabis company based in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Things Remembered Canada Inc.

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

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

Aug. 15, 2019 - Rebuilding Success, Fall/Winter 2019 (CAIRP)
Download this article.

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

Mar. 15, 2019 - Rebuilding Success, Spring/Summer 2019 (CAIRP)
Download this article.

Bulletin

Top Court Rules Bankrupt Corporations Can’t Evade Environmental Obligations

Feb. 05, 2019 - In a landmark decision released on January 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton Ltd. that the environmental remediation obligations of a bankrupt oil and gas company must be fulfilled in priority over all other claims, including…

Speaking Engagement

International Insolvency Confederation, “Blockchain & Cannabis: What every IIC member needs to know”

Dec. 12, 2018

Article

Why the Cannabis Act Should Make Company Stakeholders Nervous

Nov. 28, 2018 - The following op-ed was originally published in The Globe and Mail. Last month, Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide, fulfilling the promise first announced by the Liberal government on the campaign trail in 2015. In the months leading up to...

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development Program, Perfect Your PPSA Skills, “Overview of Personal Property Security Act”; annual

Nov. 14, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional LLM Program Lending, Security and Insolvency Law Course, “Taking PPSA Security”; annual

Nov. 12, 2018

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

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2008

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 2007
University of Toronto, BA, 2001

Professional Affiliations

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Ontario Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association

Teaching Engagements

Since 2013, Natalie has lectured on insolvency and commercial law matters at the Osgoode Professional Development Program, the Osgoode Professional LLM Program and Osgoode Hall Law School. Natalie also teaches the Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course at Osgoode Hall Law School and has taught the business law section of the CanBarPrep Course.