Mary Buttery

PartnerCassels Brock & Blackwell LLPInsolvency & Restructuring; Commercial

Mary Buttery is a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and Co-Chair of the Canadian Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practice Group. She has been involved in numerous significant insolvency files in British Columbia, and her expertise is recognized nationally.

Mary Buttery is a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and Co-Chair of the Canadian Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practice Group. She has been involved in numerous significant insolvency files in British Columbia, and her expertise is recognized nationally.

Specializing in the area of commercial insolvency, Mary represents financial institutions, debtors and creditors, receivers and trustees in matters related to debt restructuring, corporate reorganizations, loan workouts, fraudulent preference actions, bankruptcy and receiverships. Mary has extensive experience in many different sectors, most notably, mining, retail, real estate, forestry and natural resources.

Mary regularly advises clients who are experiencing financial difficulty or whose customers' or suppliers' insolvency affects their business. In addition, Mary is an experienced commercial litigator, with expertise in the enforcement of foreign judgments, debt enforcement and fraud.

She has lectured in insolvency and litigation matters and has authored several articles on varied topics in her areas of practice.

Mary has appeared in all levels of the Ontario and British Columbia courts, the Federal Court, and has been lead counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mary is recognized by numerous legal directories as a leader in her field and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches insolvency law to upper-year students. 

Education

  • University of Windsor, LL.B., 1991

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1997
  • Ontario, 1993

Experience

  • Acted for the petitioners, Douglas Channel, in the first Liquefied Natural Gas restructuring in British Columbia
  • Counsel for the petitioners, Arthon Industries, in the restructuring of the Arthon Group of Companies, which includes interests in mining, construction and aggregate
  • Counsel for Stanfield Mining, a potential purchaser of copper mining assets
  • Acted for the Lemare Lake group of companies on a complex forestry restructuring
  • Counsel for the Information Officer of Digital Domain Media on a cross-border restructuring
  • Represented the Proponent of PRET assets for $33 million
  • Represented numerous critical suppliers to Catalyst Paper Energy Holdings Inc.'s restructuring proceedings
  • Represented Board of Directors of Sterling Shoes Inc. in CCAA proceedings
  • Acted for Century Services Inc. before the Supreme Court of Canada, where for the first time, the Court has considered the CCAA, determining the CCAA and not the Excise Tax Act provides the rule with respect to the priority of unremitted GST
  • Acted for Arthur Andersen Inc. in its capacity as interim receiver in a bankruptcy case brought by the petitioning creditor against a large number of individuals and corporate entities. The case involved the issuance of bankruptcy warrants of seizure under the Canada Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, Anton Piller orders and Norwich Pharmical Orders and included seizure of assets around the world

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association (including subsections on Civil Litigation, Insolvency and Banking Subsections (B.C. Branch))
  • British Columbia Law Society
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP)
  • Editorial Board, Annual Review of Insolvency Law
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
  • Turnaround Management Association

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Global Band 5 (Restructuring/Insolvency), 2014
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Canada, 2014
  • Lexpert Zenith Award, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring (Corporate Reorganizations; Creditors Remedies)), 2010-2015
  • Leading Laywer under 40, Lexpert Magazine, 2007
  • Vancouver Community Leader, Vancouver Sun in association with Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women's Follow a Leader™
  • Recognized by Lexpert Magazine as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40
  • BV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell