Jeffrey Oliver

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Jeffrey Oliver* is a partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency Group at Cassels. Jeffrey routinely acts for lenders, court-appointed officials (receivers, monitors, trustees), landlords, purchasers, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, directors, trustees, receivers and monitors. He advises clients on corporate reorganizations, bankruptcies, receiverships, foreclosures, lease realizations and loan workouts, including on cross-border insolvencies and realizations. He is also experienced in secured and unsecured financings, including interim and takeout financing within insolvency proceedings and securitization within forbearance arrangements.

Jeffrey also has extensive experience in detecting and prosecuting fraud actions, both within insolvency proceedings and in standard commercial litigation. In this regard, he has experience acting on behalf of investors, mortgage insurers, and lenders.

Jeffrey’s corporate restructuring practice is extensive and includes representing key stakeholders in a variety of different economic sectors, including:

  • Receiver in Redwater Energy Corporation, including in the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision
  • Interim lender in CCAA proceedings of Walton International Group
  • Monitor in CCAA proceedings of Lutheran Church–Canada, the Alberta-British Columbia District and related entities
  • Interim lender in CCAA proceedings of Canada North Group, including in a precedent setting decision regarding the priority of CCAA charges relative to CRA deemed trust claim
  • CNOOC Limited in its US$2.1 billion acquisition of OPTI Canada Inc. pursuant to the CBCA and CCAA

In recognition for his expertise in cross-border insolvency matters, Jeffrey has been named a Fellow of INSOL International, a worldwide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialize in turnaround and insolvency. He is recognized as a leader in his field by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada and as an Insolvency “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. In 2018, Jeffrey received a Lexpert Zenith Award celebrating mid-career excellence. He is also a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada.

*denotes Professional Corporation

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)
  • Benchmark Litigation (Litigation Star: Insolvency)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)
  • Chambers Canada (Restructuring/Insolvency – Recognized Practitioner)
  • Lexpert, Zenith Award (Mid-Career Excellence) (2018)
  • Artstarts, Former President, Board of Directors
  • BC Bar Admission Course, Former Volunteer Advocacy Instructor
  • Salvation Army Pro Bono Clinic, Former Volunteer
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 2001
  • B.A., University of Manitoba, 1997
  • British Columbia, 2002
  • Alberta, 2011
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC)
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL), Fellow