John recently stepped down after 6 years as the Managing Partner of the Vancouver office and currently sits on the Canada Region Board as well as the Board of the Asia Pacific Region of Dentons. In his practice, John is highly regarded for his work in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. John regularly acts for companies in need of restructuring as well as for trustees, receivers, financial institutions, commercial lenders, noteholders and other creditors. John has practised exclusively in the insolvency area for over 24 years, the first part of his career in Toronto until 1997, when he relocated to Vancouver.
John has extensive experience with restructurings under both the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and has been involved in numerous real estate and mining industry matters in the last several years. He also has a working familiarity with the United States Bankruptcy Code in the context of cross border cases. Additionally, in his practice, John regularly advises internationally-based companies on lending and remedy issues in Canada and is frequently retained by other international law firms on Canadian bankruptcy issues.
John has specific expertise in the area of fraudulent transactions, particularly in the context of multi-jurisdictional insolvency cases involving the coordination of foreign legal proceedings to effect recovery, and has been a driving force in Canada with respect to developing joint insolvency protocols to harmonize legal proceedings in the context of cross-border insolvencies.
John has authored, presented and published several articles and papers in the insolvency and creditors’ rights areas. He is a past contributing author to the Annual Review of Law and Practice and the Continuing Legal Education Society in British Columbia. As well, John is a member of the editorial boards of the National Insolvency Review and National Creditor Debtor Review, and is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, International Insolvency Institute and an active member of the insolvency sections of the Turnaround Management Association, the International Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
John has been recommended as leading lawyer for Insolvency/Restructuring in Who's Who Legal: Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Global Insolvency and Restructuring Review, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business