Frank Lamie Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2007 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-3609

Secondary phone: +1 403-298-1092

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: frank.lamie@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

Secondary office  Calgary



Frank Lamie

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.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2016
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2007

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2007
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2006

    • Education
      2006
      University of Western Ontario, LLB

Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Royal Canadian Military Institute
  • CADSI (Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries)
  • INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy Professionals)
  • International Insolvency Institute (III) NextGen Leadership Program
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
  • Procedural Domain and the Avoidance of Mischief in Insolvency Proceedings: The Ontario Court of Appeal’s Ruling on Third-Party Disclosure Requests in Receiverships, Commercial Insolvency Reporter (February 2013), Volume 25, Number 3
  • A Dynamic Duo: Monitors and Restructuring Officers Working Together in CCAA Proceedings, National Insolvency Review (December 2012), Volume 29, Number 6

Insights & Resources

Selected recent engagements:

  • Colt Holding Company, LLC. et al. — Acted Colt Holding Company, LLC et al. in obtaining recognition of the U.S. Chapter 11 Proceedings under Part IV of the CCAA and recognition of related orders
  • Acting as counsel for a syndicate of three major Canadian banks on the restructuring of a $100-million term and operating loan to a retailer
  • Target Canada Co. et al. — Advised numerous suppliers with respect to their rights and the claims process in the Target Canada Co. liquidation
  • Allied Systems (Canada) Company, in its proceedings under Part IV of the CCAA
  • Acting for the senior secured creditor and DIP Lender in the CCAA proceedings for the Bowring/Bombay/Benix group of retail enterprises
  • FTI Consulting Canada Inc., monitor of Sino-Forest Corporation in its CCAA proceedings
  • Comstock Canada Inc. — Acted for the debtor company in respect of a successful application for CCAA protection and subsequent en bloc sale
  • Acting for the senior secured creditor in relation to the Triwest Construction matter
  • Acted as co-counsel for a major stakeholder in the Skyservice insolvency proceedings
  • Acted for Couch Commerce, DealFind.com, and MenuPalace.com in connection with their BIA proposal proceedings and court-approved sale
  • Acted as co-counsel in the restructuring of Comstock Canada Ltd. (one of the largest electrical contractors in Canada with operations in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia, and significant expertise in the oil and gas and nuclear energy sectors) under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
  • Acted as co-counsel to Crowe Soberman Ltd. in its capacity as court-appointed receiver and manager of the Kaptor Group of Companies
  • Acted as co-counsel in Nutrasource Diagnostic Inc.’s acquisition of Diteba Research Laboratories Inc.
  • Acted as co-counsel to Duff & Phelps Canada Restructuring Inc. in its capacity as court-appointed interim manager of Cathay Forest Products Corp. pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act
  • Representing accounting firms, acting in their capacity as court-appointed monitors, receivers, and trustees in bankruptcy
  • Representing and assisting in the representation of corporations involved in CCAA and BIA restructurings, including customers, manufacturers, and suppliers of specialized products, including steel, iron ore, and minerals


Selected reported court cases:

  • Kaptor Financial Inc. v. Alexander, 2014 ONSC 2185
  • Comstock Canada Ltd. (Re), 2014 ONSC 493 (CanLII)
  • A. Farber & Partners Inc. v. Goldfinger, 2014 ONSC 756 (CanLII)
  • A. Farber & Partners Inc. v. Goldfinger, 2013 ONSC 6635 (CanLII)
  • Comstock Canada Ltd. (Re), 2013 ONSC 6043 (CanLII)
  • Comstock Canada Ltd. (Re), 2013 ONSC 4756 (CanLII)
  • Comstock Canada Ltd. (Re), 2013 ONSC 4700 (CanLII)
  • Krys v. Montaque Capital Partners Limited, 2013 ONSC 6378 (CanLII)
  • Krys v. Montaque Capital Partners Limited, 2013 ONSC 1756 (CanLII)
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority v. IAI V, Inc., 2012 ONCA 283 (CanLII)
  • SA Capital Growth Corp. v. Mander Estate, 2012 ONCA 768 (CanLII)
  • SA Capital Growth Corp. v. Mander Estate, 2012 ONCA 681 (CanLII)
  • Summit Glen Waterloo/2000 Developments Inc. (Re), 2012 ONSC 5786 (CanLII)
  • NFC Acquisition GP Inc. (Re), 2012 ONSC 1244 (CanLII)
  • Mahmood (Re), 2011 ONSC 625 (CanLII)
  • Qiu v. Oversea Chinese Fund Limited, 2010 ONSC 6316 (CanLII)
  • Nelson Financial Group Ltd., 2010 ONSC 6229 (CanLII)
  • Jethwanit v. Damji, 2009 ONSC 44709 (CanLII)