Natasha MacParland

Partner

Natasha MacParland

Natasha MacParland

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1999
    Newfoundland, 1998

A “staunch advocate for her clients,” Natasha distinguishes herself with her unique blend of “experience, intelligence and common sense.”
Chambers Canada 2019

Natasha provides clients with smart solutions for their high end insolvency and restructuring challenges. She is known for her ability to deliver the “sophistication, deal making acumen and commercial pragmatism needed to effectively navigate complex distressed situations.” (Chambers Canada 2019)

Natasha advises on a wide variety of debt restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate debtor/creditor rights enforcement, turnarounds, work-outs, and plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. She has substantial experience in assisting clients with proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Clients regularly consult Natasha for strategic advice and risk analysis on deal structuring and lending. She has advised on many significant and groundbreaking restructurings and insolvencies.

Natasha MacParland

Partner

A “staunch advocate for her clients,” Natasha distinguishes herself with her unique blend of “experience, intelligence and common sense.”
Chambers Canada 2019

Natasha provides clients with smart solutions for their high end insolvency and restructuring challenges. She is known for her ability to deliver the “sophistication, deal making acumen and commercial pragmatism needed to effectively navigate complex distressed situations.” (Chambers Canada 2019)

Natasha advises on a wide variety of debt restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate debtor/creditor rights enforcement, turnarounds, work-outs, and plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. She has substantial experience in assisting clients with proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Clients regularly consult Natasha for strategic advice and risk analysis on deal structuring and lending. She has advised on many significant and groundbreaking restructurings and insolvencies.

Atlas Holdings LLC

Acting as Canadian counsel to Atlas Holdings LLC in its acquisition of LSC Communications, Inc., a global leader in print and digital media solutions.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in its acquisition (and related financing) of a controlling interest in GNI Management Group Inc., a leading provider of insulation services, from Mill Street & Co.

Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Management, LLC

Acting for Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Management, LLC in Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation's proceedings under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

McCain Foods Limited

Acted for McCain Foods Limited in its $70-million acquisition of Hillspring Farms Ltd., a Canadian farmer of potatoes, through a quick-flip sale in a receivership.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acted as Canadian counsel for FCF Co., Ltd. in its US$928-million acquisition of all the 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.

Windsor Family Credit Union Limited

Acting for Windsor Family Credit Union Limited with Forme Development Group's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of TK Holdings Inc., et al.

Acting for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the cross-border proceedings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act pertaining to TK Holdings Inc., including advising on Canadian insolvency and transactional considerations, regarding the sale of the Takata global business, following a component malfunction that led to a worldwide recall of more than 124 million automobiles.

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.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s voluntary proceedings under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited in Sears Canada's proceedings pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, including post-filing lease transactions, wind down of existing contractual relationships and claims related advice.

Potential DIP lender in Carillion Canada's CCAA

Acted for a potential DIP lender in Carillion Canada's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Dumur Industries

Acted for Dumur Industries, an Ironbridge Equity Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of the operating assets of Dellcom Aerospace Inc.

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.

Atlas Holdings LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings in connection with Atlas's acquisition of an 80% equity interest in Millar Western Forest Products and Atlas's exchange of high-yield notes for new secured high-yield notes as the supporting noteholder for Millar Western's US$210-million note exchange transaction. The note exchange transaction was implemented under a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act and, together with Atlas's subsequent equity investment by way of a debt for share exchange transaction, significantly reduced Millar Western's indebtedness and strengthened its financial position, enhancing its ability to respond to and capitalize on developments in the forest products industry.

Bank of Montréal

Acting for the Bank of Montréal, as Administrative Agents for the syndicate of lenders in connection with the Primus Entities' proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Karoon Gas Australia Ltd.

Acted for Karoon Gas Australia Ltd., an Australian Stock Exchange listed company, in connection with the acquisition of the remaining 35% interest in the Santos Basin Offshore JV from the Brazilian subsidiary of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, and related Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings.

Ernst & Young Inc.

Acted for Ernst & Young Inc., as Monitor, in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act relating to entities affiliated with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants.

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.

General Motors of Canada Limited

Acted for General Motors of Canada Limited in defending successfully claims asserted against it for approximately $1 billion in a class action before the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of approximately 180 former dealers of GMCL who were eliminated from GMCL's dealer network during the restructuring of the company in 2009. This case resulted in a lengthy trial in the Ontario Superior Court and appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal. All claims asserted against GMCL were dismissed by the trial judge. The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge's decision dismissing all claims against GMCL. This has been described by legal commentators as "one of the highest profile cases in Canadian franchise history".

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as the court appointed monitor of Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, with debts in excess of $90 million and subsidiaries in the UK and South Africa, in connection with proceedings pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Richter Advisory Group

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

BofA Merrill Lynch, Scotiabank, ING, Societe Generale, SEB, BMO Capital Markets and GMP Securities

Acted as Canadian counsel for BofA Merrill Lynch and Scotiabank as joint book-running managers and ING, Societe Generale, SEB, BMO Capital Markets, and GMP Securities as co-managers in connection with the private placement of US$1-billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes by Lundin Mining Corporation. Proceeds were used to partially fund Lundin's US$1.8-billion acquisition of an 80% ownership stake in the Candelaria/Ojos del Salado copper mining operations and supporting infrastructure from Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Crystallex International Corporation

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

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.

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.

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

July 07, 2020 - Rebuilding Success, Spring/Summer 2020 (CAIRP)
Download this article.

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP), 17th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, “Trust me – The Addition of the Duty of Good Faith to Insolvency Legislation”; Vancouver, BC

Feb. 07, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, Annual Conference and General Meeting, “Three Peas in a Pod”; Naples, Florida

Oct. 26, 2019

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

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

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Insolvency Litigation, “Recent Cases of Interest and Cases to Watch,” Toronto, ON

Apr. 12, 2019

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

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

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, Annual Conference & General Meeting, “View from Special Loans”; Charlottetown, PEI

Sept. 29, 2018

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, “Conduct-Based Claims in Insolvency Litigation”; Toronto, ON

June 01, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, “#that’s mine! A Discussion of Recent CRA Priority Cases”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 27, 2018

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Restructuring/Insolvency

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

Turnaround Management Association—Women of Excellence Award, Today’s Leader (2019)

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Restructuring and Insolvency (Highly Regarded)

The Legal 500 Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency (Leading Lawyer)

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

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law

Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency; Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring and Insolvency

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999
Newfoundland, 1998

Education

Dalhousie University, LLB, 1997
Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA (Political Science & Commerce), 1994

Professional Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute
Insolvency Institute of Canada
International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)
International Insolvency Association
International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Ontario Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association

Board Memberships

ARIL Society Inc.
Insolvency Institute of Canada

Community Involvement

Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 12th Conference, Organizing Committee
Insolvency Institute of Canada, Ontario Regional Networking & Professional Development Committee; Ontario Regional Membership Committee, former member
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Oral Board of Examination, panel member
Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section Programs Committee, chair

Teaching Engagements

Natasha is a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as at University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She is an instructor for the Advanced Business Law Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.

A “staunch advocate for her clients,” Natasha distinguishes herself with her unique blend of “experience, intelligence and common sense.”
Chambers Canada 2019

Natasha provides clients with smart solutions for their high end insolvency and restructuring challenges. She is known for her ability to deliver the “sophistication, deal making acumen and commercial pragmatism needed to effectively navigate complex distressed situations.” (Chambers Canada 2019)

Natasha advises on a wide variety of debt restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate debtor/creditor rights enforcement, turnarounds, work-outs, and plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. She has substantial experience in assisting clients with proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Clients regularly consult Natasha for strategic advice and risk analysis on deal structuring and lending. She has advised on many significant and groundbreaking restructurings and insolvencies.

Atlas Holdings LLC

Acting as Canadian counsel to Atlas Holdings LLC in its acquisition of LSC Communications, Inc., a global leader in print and digital media solutions.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in its acquisition (and related financing) of a controlling interest in GNI Management Group Inc., a leading provider of insulation services, from Mill Street & Co.

Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Management, LLC

Acting for Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Management, LLC in Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation's proceedings under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

McCain Foods Limited

Acted for McCain Foods Limited in its $70-million acquisition of Hillspring Farms Ltd., a Canadian farmer of potatoes, through a quick-flip sale in a receivership.

FCF Co. Ltd.

Acted as Canadian counsel for FCF Co., Ltd. in its US$928-million acquisition of all the 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.

Windsor Family Credit Union Limited

Acting for Windsor Family Credit Union Limited with Forme Development Group's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of TK Holdings Inc., et al.

Acting for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the cross-border proceedings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act pertaining to TK Holdings Inc., including advising on Canadian insolvency and transactional considerations, regarding the sale of the Takata global business, following a component malfunction that led to a worldwide recall of more than 124 million automobiles.

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.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s voluntary proceedings under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited in Sears Canada's proceedings pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, including post-filing lease transactions, wind down of existing contractual relationships and claims related advice.

Potential DIP lender in Carillion Canada's CCAA

Acted for a potential DIP lender in Carillion Canada's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Dumur Industries

Acted for Dumur Industries, an Ironbridge Equity Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of the operating assets of Dellcom Aerospace Inc.

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.

Atlas Holdings LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings in connection with Atlas's acquisition of an 80% equity interest in Millar Western Forest Products and Atlas's exchange of high-yield notes for new secured high-yield notes as the supporting noteholder for Millar Western's US$210-million note exchange transaction. The note exchange transaction was implemented under a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act and, together with Atlas's subsequent equity investment by way of a debt for share exchange transaction, significantly reduced Millar Western's indebtedness and strengthened its financial position, enhancing its ability to respond to and capitalize on developments in the forest products industry.

Bank of Montréal

Acting for the Bank of Montréal, as Administrative Agents for the syndicate of lenders in connection with the Primus Entities' proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Karoon Gas Australia Ltd.

Acted for Karoon Gas Australia Ltd., an Australian Stock Exchange listed company, in connection with the acquisition of the remaining 35% interest in the Santos Basin Offshore JV from the Brazilian subsidiary of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, and related Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings.

Ernst & Young Inc.

Acted for Ernst & Young Inc., as Monitor, in connection with proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act relating to entities affiliated with Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants.

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.

General Motors of Canada Limited

Acted for General Motors of Canada Limited in defending successfully claims asserted against it for approximately $1 billion in a class action before the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of approximately 180 former dealers of GMCL who were eliminated from GMCL's dealer network during the restructuring of the company in 2009. This case resulted in a lengthy trial in the Ontario Superior Court and appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal. All claims asserted against GMCL were dismissed by the trial judge. The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge's decision dismissing all claims against GMCL. This has been described by legal commentators as "one of the highest profile cases in Canadian franchise history".

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as the court appointed monitor of Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, with debts in excess of $90 million and subsidiaries in the UK and South Africa, in connection with proceedings pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Richter Advisory Group

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

BofA Merrill Lynch, Scotiabank, ING, Societe Generale, SEB, BMO Capital Markets and GMP Securities

Acted as Canadian counsel for BofA Merrill Lynch and Scotiabank as joint book-running managers and ING, Societe Generale, SEB, BMO Capital Markets, and GMP Securities as co-managers in connection with the private placement of US$1-billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes by Lundin Mining Corporation. Proceeds were used to partially fund Lundin's US$1.8-billion acquisition of an 80% ownership stake in the Candelaria/Ojos del Salado copper mining operations and supporting infrastructure from Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Crystallex International Corporation

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

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.

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.

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

July 07, 2020 - Rebuilding Success, Spring/Summer 2020 (CAIRP)
Download this article.

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP), 17th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, “Trust me – The Addition of the Duty of Good Faith to Insolvency Legislation”; Vancouver, BC

Feb. 07, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, Annual Conference and General Meeting, “Three Peas in a Pod”; Naples, Florida

Oct. 26, 2019

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

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

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Insolvency Litigation, “Recent Cases of Interest and Cases to Watch,” Toronto, ON

Apr. 12, 2019

Article

Trending Decisions: Cases We Are Following, co-author

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

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, Annual Conference & General Meeting, “View from Special Loans”; Charlottetown, PEI

Sept. 29, 2018

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, “Conduct-Based Claims in Insolvency Litigation”; Toronto, ON

June 01, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Insolvency Institute of Canada, “#that’s mine! A Discussion of Recent CRA Priority Cases”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 27, 2018

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Restructuring/Insolvency

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

Turnaround Management Association—Women of Excellence Award, Today’s Leader (2019)

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Restructuring and Insolvency (Highly Regarded)

The Legal 500 Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency (Leading Lawyer)

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

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law

Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Restructuring and Insolvency; Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring and Insolvency

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999
Newfoundland, 1998

Education

Dalhousie University, LLB, 1997
Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA (Political Science & Commerce), 1994

Professional Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute
Insolvency Institute of Canada
International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)
International Insolvency Association
International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Ontario Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association

Board Memberships

ARIL Society Inc.
Insolvency Institute of Canada

Community Involvement

Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 12th Conference, Organizing Committee
Insolvency Institute of Canada, Ontario Regional Networking & Professional Development Committee; Ontario Regional Membership Committee, former member
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Oral Board of Examination, panel member
Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section Programs Committee, chair

Teaching Engagements

Natasha is a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as at University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She is an instructor for the Advanced Business Law Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.