Robin Schwill

PartnerDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLPInsolvency & Restructuring; Commercial; Finance

Robin Schwill is a partner in the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice. Robin provides advice regarding corporate turnarounds, work-outs and restructurings; distressed asset sales and acquisitions; debtor-in-possession financings; secured and unsecured creditor rights enforcement; and all facets of Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act proceedings. He has also been involved with a number of private merger and acquisition transactions and a variety of secured lending matters. Robin has gained a broad and deep perspective in such engagements by having represented players from every angle, including: debtors, boards, purchasers, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, private and court-appointed receivers, interim receivers, monitors and trustees in bankruptcy.

Robin Schwill is a partner in the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice. Robin provides advice regarding corporate turnarounds, work-outs and restructurings; distressed asset sales and acquisitions; debtor-in-possession financings; secured and unsecured creditor rights enforcement; and all facets of Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act proceedings. He has also been involved with a number of private merger and acquisition transactions and a variety of secured lending matters. Robin has gained a broad and deep perspective in such engagements by having represented players from every angle, including: debtors, boards, purchasers, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, private and court-appointed receivers, interim receivers, monitors and trustees in bankruptcy.

 

Robin is an expert on financial statement disclosure and transparency issues, having been an award-winning lecturer on this topic for over 15 years in the MBA program at York University's Schulich School of Business. He currently continues to lecture on this topic for the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.

 

Robin has lectured on bankruptcy, insolvency and secured transaction matters of various Professional Development Programs of Osgoode Hall Law School. Robin has also been a lecturer in finance and commercial law courses for the Credit Institute of Canada. He has also made a number of presentations on bankruptcy, insolvency and secured transaction matters for various programs sponsored by the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.

 

Robin has been interviewed numerous times on financial accounting issues for ROB/TV (now BNN), CanadaAM, The Globe & Mail and Radio Canada International. 

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.), 1994
  • York University (M.B.A.), 1991
  • York University (B.B.A.), 1990

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1996

Experience

  • Acting as Canadian counsel to Nortel Networks UK Limited together with 18 of its subsidiaries, all of which are subject to administration proceedings under the jurisdiction of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Companies Court in England (the "UK Court") pursuant to England's Insolvency Act 1986 and are thereby under the control of joint administrators appointed by the UK Court, in conjunction with the global restructuring of the Nortel group of companies and the coordination of Canadian and U.S. insolvency proceedings.
  • Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in its $2-billion acquisition through Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of the conventional and specialty television business of Canwest Global Communications Corp., now known as Shaw Media.
  • Acted for Barzel Industries Canada Inc. (formerly Novamerican Steel) in its cross-border restructuring proceedings involving independent proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act run in parallel concert with U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings for the U.S. parent company and U.S. subsidiaries and implementing a cross-border "stalking horse" sale agreement, cross-border bidding and auction process and closing of such sale within 65 days of the initial filing.
  • Acted as counsel for Cooper-Standard Automotive Canada Limited in its filing under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and related proceedings under Chapter 11.
  • Acting as counsel to the liquidator, Duff & Phelps Canada Restructuring Inc. in the court-supervised liquidation of Coventree Inc.

Associations

  • Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Former Chair, Insolvency Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter)
  • INSOL International

Awards & Honours

  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert┬« Directory as a repeatedly recommended leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency.
  • Cited in Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business in Restructuring/Insolvency.
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring law.