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Lawson Lundell LLP

Heather M.B. Ferris

Heather M.B. Ferris

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  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Litigation

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Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Profile
Heather is a senior practitioner in the areas of banking and insolvency law, with an emphasis on large-scale insolvencies, restructurings and corporate work-outs with a particular focus on real estate insolvencies. She routinely represents institutional lenders, including the Bank of Montreal and HSBC Bank Canada, Trustees in Bankruptcy and Receivers.

Heather has also had significant experience representing and advising companies in the process of restructuring under insolvency legislation. She is the Past Chair of the B.C. Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the current National Chair of the National Insolvency Section and has published numerous papers and articles on insolvency topics.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (1985)

Education

University of British Columbia (B.A., 1981)
University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1984)
Areas of Practice

Insolvency and Restructuring | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Heather has represented:

Aviva Canada Inc. regarding the New Home Warranty Coverage on Millennium Southeast False Creek Properties Ltd.

Bank of Montreal in the receivership of Pointe of View Developments Ltd., a real estate development project in Squamish, BC

A&E Television during the CanWest Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA")

Bank of Montreal in the receivership of Holman Lang Vineyards

The Bowra Group Inc. as Receiver-Managers regarding various real estate development projects including "Essencia Verde", "King's Legacy", "The Mountaineer", "The Sophia", "Amadeo", "Riverbend", "Garden City Richmond" and "Chandler Homer Street"

The Cliffs Over Maple Bay Ltd. during its CCAA restructuring concerning a residential development and PGA golf course

Edwards & Associating Logging Ltd. during its CCAA restructuring

K&D Logging Ltd. in its bid as a creditor company to purchase certain assets of Pope & Talbot Ltd., during P&T's filing for protection under the CCAA and subsequent ongoing bankruptcy

Western Canadian Coal Corp. as purchaser of the assets of Pine Valley Mining Corporation during its restructuring under the CCAA

United Properties Limited during its restructuring under the CCAA

T-Mar Industries Ltd. who completed a successful restructuring under the CCAA

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as Judicial Trustee of Eron Mortgage Corporation

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as Monitor in the CCAA proceedings commenced by Global Light Communications Inc.

Campbell, Saunders Ltd. in its capacity as Judicial Trustee of Strategic Concepts Investment Trustee

Campbell, Saunders Ltd. as Receiver of Drury Management Pty Ltd., on the appointment of the Australian Securities Commission


Professional Associations

* INSOL International, Member to organizations.
*International Woman's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member
*Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Chair
*Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Former Vice Chair
*Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Former Treasurer
*Canadian Bar Association, Insolvency Sub-section, British Columbia Branch, Past Chair
*Canadian Bar Association, Provincial and National Executive, Member
*Canadian Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Co-Editor
*Committee Member, Builders Lien Act Reform Project

Recognition and Ranking
*Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for insolvency and financial restructuring law
*Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for insolvency litigation in British Columbia
*Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for insolvency and financial restructuring
*Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated


Seminars

"Secrets of Chambers", The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (February 14, 2013), Lecturer

"Creditors' Issues: Forbearance Agreements and Settlement Agreements", Bankruptcy & Insolvency Basics for Lawyers Course, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (February 22, 2011), Lecturer

"Corporate Restructuring, A Canadian Perspective", MBA course on Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy, University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, Vancouver, BC (September 28, 2010), Lecturer

"Real Estate Development Insolvencies, a British Columbia Perspective", University of British Columbia's National Centre for Business Law 7th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, Kelowna, BC (February 5, 2010)

Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice Conference on Maximizing Recovery in a Challenging Economy (September 16, 2009), Speaker

"Sealing the Deal: Things to Consider when Contracting with Financially Distressed Companies", Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times Seminar, Vancouver, BC (May 20, 2009), Speaker

Canadian Bar Association National Pan-Canadian Insolvency Conference (2008), Co-Chair

Commercial Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, INSIGHT (November 2008), Faculty

Conference faculty of Canadian Institute Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice Convention, Faulty of Pacific Business Law Institute on Trusts, Co-Chair
Articles

Heather is a contributing author for the Advocate, Canadian Bar Review, Pacific Business & Law Institute and the Insolvency Reporter on various insolvency and bankruptcy topics.

Insolvency and Restructuring Bulletin: SCC Releases its Decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers (February 7, 2013)
"Creditors' Issues: Forbearance Agreements and Settlement Agreements" (February 22, 2011), Co-Author

Real Estate Development Insolvencies, a British Columbia Perspective (March 24, 2010), David P. Bowra and Heather Ferris

Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times (May 20, 2009)

Financial Recovery Report Winter 2009 (March 12, 2009)

Lawson Lundell forms Financial Recovery Group (December 22, 2008)

The Peoples Decision - Two Years Later: Where Are We At And What Have We Learned? (October 31, 2006)

Top Ten Issues Facing Insolvency Practitioners Across the Country (October 15, 2005)


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