Leanne Williams

PartnerThornton Grout Finnigan LLPInsolvency & Restructuring

Leanne Williams is a partner at Thornton Grout Finnigan. She practices exclusively in the area of restructuring and insolvency, including workouts, refinancing, receiverships, bankruptcies and the enforcement of creditors' rights generally. Leanne regularly represents charter banks and financial institutions across a broad spectrum of industries. Leanne also represents court officers such as trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and CCAA monitors.

Leanne Williams is a partner at Thornton Grout Finnigan. She practices exclusively in the area of restructuring and insolvency, including workouts, refinancing, receiverships, bankruptcies and the enforcement of creditors' rights generally. Leanne regularly represents charter banks and financial institutions across a broad spectrum of industries. Leanne also represents court officers such as trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and CCAA monitors.

 

Leanne organizes and coordinates many of TGF's internal and external fundraising efforts to benefit a variety of charities. Leanne recently spoke at a conference on secured lending and debt finance in the area of debt enforcement. 

Education

  • University of Manitoba (LL.B.), 1997
  • University of Western Ontario (B.A. (Hons.)), 1994

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1999

Experience

  • Lead counsel to the Syndicate of Lenders to Allen-Vanguard Corporation, a publicly-traded international military defense corporation, during its restructuring through the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA") and recapitalization as a private entity
  • Counsel to Flextronics Corporation, Nortel's largest supplier and significant creditor, during the CCAA restructuring of Nortel
  • Represented Hollinger and certain of its subsidiaries in its CCAA filing in Canada
  • Represented the Monitor of a retailer, Athletes World, in its restructuring and successful Plan of Arrangement under the CCAA
  • Counsel to the Monitor of a tobacco company, JTI Macdonald, until its successful emergence from the CCAA
  • Acted as counsel to the court-appointed Interim Receiver of Mosaic Group, a cross-border marketing and technology company, during the liquidation of its assets for the benefit of its creditors
  • Represented the largest secured creditor of Canada 3000 during the liquidation of the airline's assets
  • Acted as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor of Irwin Toy during the liquidation of its assets

Associations

  • Turnaround Management Association (member of Membership and Education committees)
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (former co-director of programs)
  • INSOL International
  • Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Canadian Insolvency Foundation
  • Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section
  • Advocates' Society
  • Women's Executive Network
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association