John Sandrelli

PartnerDentons Canada LLPInsolvency & Restructuring

John Sandrelli is the Managing Partner of the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. In his practice, John is a specialist in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. John regularly acts for companies in need of restructuring as well as for trustees, receivers, financial institutions, commercial lenders, noteholders and other creditors. John has practised exclusively in the insolvency area for over 27 years, the first part of his career in Toronto until 1997, when he relocated to Vancouver.

John Sandrelli is the Managing Partner of the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. In his practice, John is a specialist in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. John regularly acts for companies in need of restructuring as well as for trustees, receivers, financial institutions, commercial lenders, noteholders and other creditors. John has practised exclusively in the insolvency area for over 27 years, the first part of his career in Toronto until 1997, when he relocated to Vancouver.

John has extensive experience with restructurings under both the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. He also has a working familiarity with the United States Bankruptcy Code. Additionally, in his practice, John regularly advises internationally-based companies on lending and remedy issues in Canada and is frequently retained by other international law firms on Canadian bankruptcy issues.

John has specific expertise in the area of fraudulent transactions, particularly in the context of multi-jurisdictional insolvency cases involving the coordination of foreign legal proceedings to effect recovery, and has been a driving force in Canada with respect to developing joint insolvency protocols to harmonize legal proceedings in the context of cross-border insolvencies.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1989

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1997
  • Ontario, 1991

Experience

  • Counsel to Ad Hoc Group of Debenture Holders in Great Basin Gold Ltd. In their CCAA/Chapter 11 and South African Business Rescue Proceedings
  • Counsel to the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Catalyst Paper Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in their CCAA/ Chapter 15 proceedings
  • Represented Procon Mining & Tunnelling in the restructuring of and investment in Cross Lake Minerals Ltd., completed by way of a Plan of Arrangement
  • Counsel to the developer of the Jameson House Project, a 36 storey $200 million mixed-use development project, on its ground breaking restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
  • Advised a local B.C. investor group and CHEK Victoria employees on the acquisition of one of the oldest, and one of the first privately owned B.C. television stations from CanWest Global Communications
  • Advised the Millennium Group in the completion of the restructuring of the Evelyn Drive Project
  • Re: Exchange Bank and Trust - acted as Canadian counsel for the receiver of this Nevis-based bank
  • Re: Portus Alternative Asset Management - acted as court appointed representative counsel for the approximately 26,000 investors in this collapsed hedge fund and asset management company
  • Re: Vantage Securities Inc. - acted as representative counsel for the 3500 RRSP customers in the first securities firm bankruptcy under the new provisions of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act

Associations

  • IBA SIRC Insolvency of Regulated Business Subcommittee (Co-Chair)
  • International Bar Association, Section of Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Creditor Debtor Review (Editorial Board)
  • National Insolvency Review (Editorial Board)
  • The Turnaround Management Association
  • Insolvency Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (Past Executive)

Awards & Honours

  • Consistently recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 and 2014 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2013: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers ("Who's Who Legal") 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Recommended by PLC Which lawyer? in the PLC Restructuring and Insolvency Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012 in the area of Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012 as "Lawyer of the Year" in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • Ranked by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 as one of Canada’s most frequently recommended lawyers in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized by The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers 2011 as a leading lawyer in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
  • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Recognized by The Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, one of Euromoney's Expert Guides, published by Legal Media Group
  • Recognized by the Global Insolvency and Restructuring Review as one of the top 40 insolvency and restructuring lawyers under the age of 40 years old in the world