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Barbara J. Boake is the firm’s National Practice Leader and a partner in our Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group in Toronto.

Barbara has extensive experience in acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings of financially distressed corporations. She also advises US and Canadian high-yield investors in their debt trading activities.

The significant matters in which Ms. Boake has been involved include acting for:

  • U. S. Steel Canada, one of Canada’s largest integrated steel producers, in its restructuring proceedings under the CCAA
  • Administrator of Nortel’s Canadian pension plans, in Nortel’s global restructuring proceedings

Barbara led the development and implementation of the firm's Dialogue Project Management® program and co-authored Project Management for Lawyers, published by Ark Group in 2011.

In 2009, Ms. Boake was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She is listed in the current editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of restructuring and insolvency. She was also named one of the top 40 international restructuring professionals under 40 by the Global Insolvency and Restructuring Review. In addition to her legal experience, Barbara has acted as a senior advisor to the Minister of Finance (Ontario).

Barbara received her LLB from The University of Western Ontario in 1985. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1987.



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