Frank Lamie is a business lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office with significant leadership and management experience. He practises in the area of corporate and commercial law, with a focus on restructuring, insolvency and related transactional and commercial litigation matters in the firm’s Financial Institutions & Services and Restructuring & Insolvency groups. He also provides insightful guidance and representation in the realm of defence, security, and aerospace as part of the firm's Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Group.
Frank’s involvement in restructurings on behalf of a diverse range of entities has allowed him to develop a strong understanding of the critical issues that confront businesses during periods of both strong and challenging financial performance. He brings a practical, solutions-oriented business approach to his practice. He has acted for corporations and individuals across a broad range of industries.
Frank regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including the Commercial List and Bankruptcy Court in proceedings pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. He has also appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Justice, and various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the Financial Services Tribunal of Ontario (FSCO).
He has extensive experience in assisting clients in both the litigation and commercial aspects of corporate restructurings, distressed acquisitions, receiverships, work-outs, enforcement of creditors’ rights and remedies, commercial leasing disputes, contractual matters, bankruptcy, and related commercial litigation. He represents a number of different parties, including purchasers, secured and unsecured creditors, lending syndicates, receivers, debtors, monitors, and trustees.
Frank continues to serve Canada as a Canadian Army (Primary Reserve) Infantry Officer, and has had the privilege to deploy on international operations. He is a graduate of various courses at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Tactics School, the Infantry School, the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, and the Peace Support Training Centre.
An executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Law Section, Frank summered and articled with Gowling WLG after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws. During a portion of his articles, he was seconded to the office of the general counsel at a chartered financial institution, where he worked on litigation and corporate matters.
Frank's community service includes:
Canadian Army (Primary Reserve): Frank continues to serve Canada as a Canadian Army (Primary Reserve) Infantry Officer and has had the privilege to deploy on international operation. He is a graduate of various courses at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Tactics School, the Infantry School, the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, and the Peace Support Training Centre.
The Best Defence Conference Advisory Committee: Frank serves on the Advisory Committee of The Best Defence Conference, an award-winning defence industry event which provides opportunities for national and international companies in the defence, security, and aerospace sector. The Best Defence Conference is presented by the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
Canadian Bar Association: Frank serves as a member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Law Section.
The Advocates’ Society: Frank serves as The Advocates’ Society’s representative on the Court Security Committee (Osgoode Precinct) in relation to certain downtown Toronto courthouses.
Toronto Children’s Breakfast Club: Frank also serves his community as a member of the board of directors of the Toronto Children’s Breakfast Club, a non-profit charitable organization that serves breakfast each week to over 4,000 children at over 20 schools across the Greater Toronto Area.
St. John’s Ambulance Council for Ontario: He also serves as a member of the Resources Committee for the St. John's Ambulance Council of Ontario and as duty counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario.
St. Michael’s College School (Toronto): Frank founded the annual Appellate Advocacy Competition at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto.