Joseph Bellissimo

PartnerCassels Brock & Blackwell LLPInsolvency & Restructuring; Finance

Joe Bellissimo is a partner with the Restructuring and Insolvency Group at Cassels Brock. His practice includes representing debtor companies, creditors, court-appointed monitors and receivers and purchasers of distressed assets in restructuring matters.

Joe Bellissimo is a partner with the Restructuring and Insolvency Group at Cassels Brock. His practice includes representing debtor companies, creditors, court-appointed monitors and receivers and purchasers of distressed assets in restructuring matters.

 

Joe has appeared before all levels of court in restructuring and insolvency matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Joe is an executive member of the Insolvency Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. In addition, he has written and co-written various articles and papers in the field of restructuring and insolvency.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario (LL.B), 2001
  • York University (B.A.), 1998

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2002

Experience

  • Acting for Hilco UK in connection with the receivership of Kraus Inc., Kraus Canada Inc. and Strudex Fibres Limited and the credit bid acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Kraus Inc., Kraus Canada Inc and Strudex Fibres Limited
  • Acting for Wynnchurch Capital Inc. as the stalking horse purchaser in the CCAA restructuring by Northstar Aerospace Inc.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young Inc. in its capacity as court-appointed receiver of St Marys Paper Corp., including in connection with the sale of substantially all of the assets of St. Marys Paper Corp.
  • Acting for the group of first secured creditors in connection with the receivership of Blockbuster Canada Co.
  • Acting for Newpage Port Hawkesbury Corp. in connection with its CCAA restructuring
  • Acting for certain secured lenders in the CCAA/receivership proceedings of Cow Harbour Construction Co.
  • Acting for Roynat Inc. in connection with the CCAA restructuring of Brainhunter Inc.
  • Acting for the DIP lender and credit bid purchaser of an entertainment and gaming company
  • Acting for the Federal Government of Canada, through Industry Canada, in connection with the restructurings of both General Motors and Chrysler
  • Acting for Roynat Inc. in connection with the CCAA restructuring of Bruce R. Smith Limited
  • Acting for significant groups of aircraft lessors/financiers in the restructurings or bankruptcies of Air Canada, Canada 3000 Airlines/Royal Aviation, Jetsgo Corporation and Zoom Airlines

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • INSOL International
  • International Bar Association (Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Committee)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Member of the Executive, Insolvency Law Section)
  • Turnaround Management Association