Trevor Courtis is an associate in our Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Litigation Groups in Toronto. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring litigation, distressed asset sales and complex commercial litigation.
Trevor has appeared before many levels of judicial and administrative decision-makers in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Commercial List, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, the Competition Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Trevor is a thought leader in the restructuring and insolvency space, regularly writing for the firm’s Restructuring Roundup blog. Trevor’s articles that have been published in restructuring and other periodicals include:
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter (February 2020): Firepower: Guidance on Whether Commissions Owed to Salespersons are Held in Trust by a Business and Outside of Insolvency
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter (December 2019): Restrictive BIA Appeal Provisions Continue to be Applied Broadly in Receiverships
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter (June 2019): (Not) So Long, Astoria: Only 10 Days to Appeal Orders in Receivership Proceedings
- Banking & Finance Law Review (April 2019): Scurrying About: Recent Examples of Courts Granting Relief with Respect to Bankruptcy Proceedings Commenced in Other Provinces
- Supreme Court Law Review ( February 2019): Can You Rely on the Livent Undertaking? An Analysis of the Implications of Deloitte & Touche v. Livent
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- CannTrust Holdings: Acted for CannTrust, a licensed producer of cannabis, in its restructuring proceedings under the CCAA.
- S. Steel Canada: Acted for U. S. Steel Canada (Stelco), one of Canada’s largest integrated steel producers, in its restructuring proceedings under the CCAA.
- Takata Corporation: Acted for Takata Corporation and its affiliates in recognizing U.S. and Japanese restructuring proceedings in Canada under the CCAA.
- GrowthWorks Canadian Fund: Acted for GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd., a labour sponsored venture capital fund, in its restructuring proceedings under the CCAA.
- Acted as counsel to the court-appointed monitor in the following CCAA proceedings:
- AgMedica Biosciences Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis based in Chatham-Kent, Ontario;
- Vari-Form Inc., an automotive parts supplier based in Strathroy, Ontario;
- SunEdison Canada Construction LP, a developer of solar and wind power electricity generation projects as well as electricity storage projects in Ontario and Alberta; and
- Cash Store Financial Services Inc., an alternative financial services provider based in various Canadian provinces and territories.
- Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited: Acted as counsel to the foreign representatives of Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited in recognizing UK administration proceedings in Canada under the BIA.
- Sears Canada Inc.: Acted for Buyers Group of Mississauga in its acquisition of the major appliance warranty business of Sears Canada.
- DragonWave Inc.: Acted for Transform-X in its acquisition of the wireless ethernet and microwave frequency networking equipment business of DragonWave.
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Bloomforex Corp., 2020 ONSC 69: Successfully defended CIBC against summary judgment motion.
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Costodian Inc., 2018 ONSC 6680: Brought successful interpleader application in a contested matter.
- 1169822 Ontario Limited v. The Toronto-Dominion Bank, 2018 ONSC 1631: Successfully defended The Toronto-Dominion Bank at trial against a claim brought by third party clients of a bank customer.
- Patel v. Harriott, 2017 ONCA 538: Obtained order for specific performance of a residential property sale following the vendors’ refusal to close, which was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
- Timbercreek Financial Corp.: Obtained court approval of plan of arrangement to amalgamate two corporations into Timbercreek Financial Corp, a leading non-banking commercial real estate lender with a book value at the time of amalgamation of approximately $650 million.
- Anton Piller Order: Obtained Anton Piller order permitting retrieval of sensitive and proprietary data belonging to automotive sector client from hacker.
- Emergency Injunctive Relief: Obtained emergency injunctions on several occasions to remove trespassers from resource sector client assets.
Trevor received his JD from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2014, graduating in the top five percent of his class. During his time at Saskatchewan, he was awarded the College of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship, the BLG Excellence Award and the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Scholarship. Trevor completed his studies as a visiting student at Osgoode Hall in 2014. He served as an Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review and the Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy and participated in the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2013.
Trevor was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Turnaround Management Association, the Toronto Region Board of Trade Young Professionals Network, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.