John Birch

Partner | 
Toronto

John Birch* is a partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency Group at Cassels. For over 20 years, John has acted for debtors, creditors, receivers, monitors and trustees in a wide variety of proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, including some of the most significant Canadian insolvencies in recent years such as Target Canada. John is currently representing six former directors of Sears Canada Inc. in defending four major claims arising out of the payment of a $509 million dividend in 2013. In recognition of this work, John has been acknowledged as a leader in his field by such legal publications as IFLR1000 (Insolvency) and Legal 500 Canada (Litigation).

John has been involved with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association for many years and currently acts as Co-Chair of the Insolvency Committee and also as a member of the IPBA Council. The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers drawn from more than 65 jurisdictions around the world. He has also been an active participant with the International Insolvency Institute.

John is a frequent speaker at conferences including those hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of British Columbia, and the IPBA. He is the author of chapters on litigation and arbitration in the Canada-U.S. Commercial Law Guide, a loose-leaf service published by Thomson Carswell and a co-author of the Canada: Ontario and common law provinces chapter of Commercial Lending Law: Second Edition, published by the American Bar Association.

At Cassels, John acts as General Counsel of the firm and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

*denotes Professional Corporation