Shayne Kukulowicz


 | Toronto

Shayne Kukulowicz is a partner in the Banking, Lending & Specialty Finance Group at Cassels and serves as Chair of the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Shayne’s practice is focused on structured transactions, corporate reorganizations and commercial restructurings. He offers significant expertise in cross-border restructurings and liquidations, formal and informal corporate reorganizations, as well as security enforcement and creditor remedies. Consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the insolvency and restructuring arenas, Shayne is a frequent lecturer and presenter on insolvency-related matters for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, and other professional conference providers.

Shayne’s representative work includes acting for:

  • The Monitor of Rothmans Benson & Hedges in its CCAA proceedings running in parallel with the Canadian filings of Imperial Tobacco and JTI-MacDonald
  • Connacher Oil & Gas in its reorganization under the CCAA
  • The Official Creditors’ Committee in the Nortel cross border proceedings
  • The Monitor of Toys R Us Canada
  • Index Energy in its successful CCAA proceedings
  • FTI in its capacity as receiver of properties related to the Trump International Hotel & Tower (Toronto)
  • Tenor Capital Management as DIP lender to Crystallex International Corporation in its CCAA/Chapter 15
  • H.B. White Canada Corp. in its successful reorganization under the CCAA

Shayne is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association – Insolvency Section, and INSOL International – the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals.

  • Benchmark Litigation (Litigation Star: Insolvency)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring: Insolvency Litigation, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring: Financial Restructuring)
  • Chambers Canada (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • Chambers Global (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • IFLR1000 (Restructuring and Insolvency)
  • Legal500 Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency) (Leading Individual)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency)
  • Lexpert Special Edition, Litigation
  • Lexpert, Zenith Award (Practice Excellence) (2014)
  • Martindale Hubbell, Distinguished™ Rating
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency
  • “Shayne is a very strong leader.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • “It’s always a pleasure working with Shayne. He is knowledgeable, articulate and thoughtful.” – Chambers Global (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • “Tremendous court presence and a very, very smooth and effective communicator.” – Chambers Global (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • “A brilliant guy … has a very commanding presence and is at the top end of his game.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • “A very practical lawyer who is able to diffuse complex situations and bring consensus among stakeholders.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “Incisive in his analysis and has a tremendous feel for the judges and the process.” – Chambers Global (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “A team leader who is not afraid to get into the trenches and get involved.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “A long-standing presence in the Canadian insolvency community.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • Bay Street Fore A Cau$e, Founding Board Member – a not-for-profit corporation supporting various charitable causes throughout the GTA
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation, Governor
  • Sunnybrook Foundation, Governor
  • LL.B., Western University, 1989
  • B.A. (Economics), Harvard University, 1984
  • Ontario, 1990
    Alberta, 2016
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Harvard Club of Toronto
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
  • Ontario Bar Association Turnaround Management Association (TMA)