Kevin McElcheran

Sole PractitionerKevin McElcheran Commercial Dispute ResolutionInsolvency & Restructuring

After 34 years practicing in large commercial firms (Blakes and McCarthys), Kevin McElcheran has opened his own practice dedicated to the commercial dispute resolution. He offers his services as (i) independent counsel, particularly for fiduciaries such as boards of directors and special committees; (ii) a mediator; or (iii) an arbitrator of commercial disputes.

After 34 years practicing in large commercial firms (Blakes and McCarthys), Kevin McElcheran has opened his own practice dedicated to the commercial dispute resolution. He offers his services as (i) independent counsel, particularly for fiduciaries such as boards of directors and special committees; (ii) a mediator; or (iii) an arbitrator of commercial disputes.  

In his Large Law practice, Kevin has played significant roles in many of Canada's largest insolvencies. Significant recent and current retainers include counsel for the debtor in the CCAA proceedings of Arctic Glacier Income Fund (and affiliates) and GrowthWorks Canadian Fund; counsel for the lending syndicate in the CCAA proceedings of Grant Forest Products Inc.; counsel for Goldman Sachs in the Canwest Media CCAA proceedings; and counsel for the 5 largest Banks in the ABCP restructuring.

Education

  • Queen's University, LL.B., 1980
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons.), 1976

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1982

Accreditations

  • Certified by The Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in bankruptcy and insolvency law since 1996

Experience

  • Acting as counsel for the senior lenders' agents in each of the Abitibi-Bowater and Grant Forest Products CCAA cases
  • Acting as counsel for Goldman Sachs in the Canwest Media restructuring
  • As Canadian counsel for Avaya in its acquisition of the Enterprise Solutions business from Nortel
  • As counsel for Canada's five largest Banks in the $32 billion Asset Back Commercial Paper restructuring

Associations

  • The Advocates' Society
  • The Canadian Insolvency Foundation
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • INSOL International

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013
  • LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012
  • IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, 2011
  • PLC: Which Lawyer?, 2011
  • The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, 2011
  • Lexpert-Thomson West Guide to the Leading 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada, 2006
  • TMA Midmarket Deal of the Year award for the sale of the business of Arctic Glacier