Restructuring & Litigation Boutique

WFK is a boutique providing services exclusively in commercial restructuring, litigation and business law.
Our lawyers are crisis managers with the answers. We are regularly retained to advise boards of directors, debtor corporations, court officers, suppliers, distressed asset purchasers, lending syndicates, bondholders, other creditors and ad-hoc committees.

crisis managers with the answers

We are trusted counsel. We have deep expertise where it matters. And we get things done.

Steven J. Weisz

Senior Founding Partner

Our clients say that Steve is rock-solid.  He has deep expertise in commercial litigation and insolvency law, after spending close to 30 years as a leader of the insolvency and restructuring group at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

 

Steven’s practice encompasses all aspects of complex domestic and multinational restructuring and insolvencies. He prides himself on taking a calm, practical and cost-efficient approach to even the most complex multidimensional and multidisciplinary issues. Steven regularly represents purchasers of distressed debt and assets, debtors, court-appointed officers, and major stakeholders of insolvent businesses – often, on an urgent basis.

 

Steven is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has been regularly recognized as a leader in insolvency law by Chambers and Partners, Lexpert, ILFR, and Who’s Who Legal, among other notable agencies.

 

Steven is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC) and Chair of the Communications Committee. He is general editor of the National Creditor Debtor Review, as well as a former executive of the Turnaround Management Association. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and seminars on insolvency law and litigation matters.

 

In his free time, Steven also dedicates his efforts to United Jewish Appeal, Prostate Cancer Canada, and the Bay Street Fore a Cause Foundation, a non-profit organization of Bay Street professionals who raise funds to support underprivileged children in the GTA.

Steven Weisz

Phone: +1-416-613-8281 | Email: sweisz@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Caitlin E. Fell

Founding Partner

Clients say Caitlin is a go- getter, strong advocate and comes up with innovative and practical solutions. Caitlin is a founding partner of WFK LLP. She worked for Osler and McMillan, two of Canada’s top law firms, prior to launching Weisz Fell Kour LLP with her partners.

 

Caitlin primarily practices commercial law, with an emphasis on, restructurings, insolvency, secured transactions, reorganizations, workouts, and debtor/creditor law. She has been involved in multi-jurisdictional proceedings under both the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. She has acted for debtor corporations, lending syndicates, purchasers, and court officers.

 

Caitlin’s practice is focused on distressed situations and, in particular, she has developed a deep and loyal client base in the technology and cannabis space. She appreciates the many unique issues that affect early-stage growth and provides practical solutions for unique problems.

Caitlin is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She has authored numerous articles on insolvency-related subjects, including several publications featured in the Annual Review of Insolvency Law.

 

Beyond her legal practice, Ms. Fell is also a trained equestrian. She regularly participates in competitions across Ontario.

Caitlin Fell

Phone: +1-416-613-8282 | Email: cfell@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Sharon A. Kour

Founding Partner

Clients say Sharon is their secret weapon on a file, she builds consensus and is unassuming while obtaining success for her clients. Sharon is a founding partner of WFK. Prior to joining her partners, Sharon spent close to a decade at McCarthy Tétrault.

 

Sharon’s clients appreciate her timely advice as well as her calm and effective litigation advocacy. Sharon practices in the areas of corporate/commercial litigation and insolvency. She facilitates insolvency deals and distressed asset sales, as well as assisting clients in navigating complex commercial and international disputes. She regularly acts for clients on cross-border matters.

 

Sharon is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.

 

Sharon is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and an executive of the Insolvency Section of the Ontario Bar Association. She is also a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association.

 

Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of the MusicBox Children’s Charity, a charitable organization fostering early childhood development of children in underprivileged areas throughout Canada through musical and educational programming.

Sharon Kour

Phone: +1-416-613-8283 | Email: skour@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Pat Corney

Partner

Pat gets results. He is a steady hand for his clients through their most complex problems. Prior to joining Weisz Fell Kour LLP, Pat spent eight years at Stikeman Elliott LLP.

 

Pat represents individuals and corporations in litigation involving contractual disputes, oppression claims, securities class actions, and claims against directors and officers. He has unique expertise litigating within formal insolvency proceedings. Pat acted for a successful party in the precedent-setting Ernst & Young Inc. v Essar Global Fund Ltd., et al (a Benchmark Litigation “2018 Impact Case of the Year”). He also acts for debtors, creditors, court appointed officers, and other stakeholders in corporate restructurings.

 

Pat has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Securities Commission. He frequently litigates commercial matters before the Commercial List in the Ontario Superior Court.

 

Pat is a graduate of Bishop’s University, Queen’s University and Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Turnaround Management Association.

 

Pat has lectured on securities class actions at Dalhousie University and has been published in the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review and the Commercial Insolvency Reporter.

Pat Corney

Phone: +1-416-613-8287 | Email: pcorney@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Le Nguyen

Counsel

Le is a corporate powerhouse. Le serves as counsel to WFK and leads corporate/commercial matters of all kinds. Through the last 17 years, Le has acquired significant skills and experience through her roles as a corporate/commercial lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP, as in-house counsel at a Canadian chartered bank and a start up biotech company as well as a corporate lawyer at a boutique law firm. Le has deep personal experience helping her family business grow and thrive for over a decade. Combining practical business experience with her legal skills, she delivers swift and effective results for her clients.

 

In her corporate/commercial law practice, Le assists clients with corporate mergers and acquisitions, secured debt financings, national and international transactions, and corporate structuring. She also negotiates major commercial contracts and mediates governmental issues. Le has closed many complex international transactions and managed teams of internal and foreign counsel to achieve successful outcomes. Clients appreciate Le’s ability to resolve issues on practical basis to save them time and cost.

 

Le studied Environmental Studies and Political Science at York University and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. At law school, she received the Legal Research & Writing Award and she won the Osgoode Hall Negotiation Competition. Le currently holds and has held prominent positions in her community, which include serving as board member of: a regional hospital, a not-for-profit organization that provides summer music events to the community and a not-for-profit organization that works with start-up entrepreneurs to lift them to the next stage of success.

 

Le is foodie and enjoys a side dish of good company. She also loves nature and is exploring self-sufficient and sustainable living.

Le Nguyen

Phone: +1-416-613-8286 | Email: lnguyen@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Shaun Parsons

Associate

Shaun sees the big picture. Shaun deftly manages immediate issues without losing sight of his clients’ broader interests. With a solid foundation in research and drafting, he is resourceful and provides practical and focused legal advice. Prior to joining WFK, Shaun practiced in the litigation group at Bennett Jones LLP in Alberta.

 

Shaun has broad experience in complex matters ranging from insolvency and fraud to commercial disputes. He acts for debtors, creditors and other insolvency professionals delivering strategic advice aimed at preventing conflict.

 

Shaun is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. While attending law school, he volunteered at St. Michael’s Hospital, and was a key member of the University of Toronto Students’ Law Society and the Global Ideas Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, among others.

 

Shaun is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Turnaround Management Association.

Shaun Parsons

Phone: +1-416-613-8284 | Email: sparsons@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Christel Paul, Executive Assistant +1-416-613-8280 | cpaul@wfklaw.ca

Christopher McGoey

Associate

Chris is passionate about legal research working on complex legal issues and appeals.

 

Chris is a graduate of Victoria College at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. As an articling student, Chris joined his colleagues Steve, Caitlin, and Sharon when they established Weisz Fell Kour LLP.

 

While in law school, Chris worked for the agency responsible for certifying Ontario’s Electronic Medical Record networks and systems. He also worked with a leading civil liberties association on high-profile litigation concerning the regulation of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada.

 

Chris was awarded the Goodmans LLP Award, both for academic excellence at Osgoode and for contributions to the community. In his first year, he was the winner of the Torys LLP Moot. More recently, Chris received a writing award from the Insolvency Institute of Canada for his analysis of the insolvency of the cryptocurrency exchange company, Quadriga.

 

When he isn’t working, Chris can be found watching historical films, out for a run with his dog, or spending time with his friends and family.

Christopher McGoey

Phone: +1-416-613-8284 | Email: cmcgoey@wfklaw.ca

Point of Contact: Connie Deng, Legal Assistant +1-416-613-8285 | cdeng@wfklaw.ca

EXPERTISE &

SERVICES

Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring

WFK brings to the table practical solutions to difficult and complex business problems.

 

Our lawyers work on large and complex restructurings  in North America as well as on the smaller, intricate corporate turnarounds files. We aim to navigate our clients through troubled waters to emerge resilient and competitive.

 

WFK’s experience across multiple industries is extensive. There is no one size approach to our files, rather, WFK’s lawyers ensure that the legal advice given is tailored to the circumstances as well as the strategic desired outcome.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

WFK litigators honed their skills at leading Canadian law firms. We provide top tier service and litigation strategy while remaining practical, nimble and cost-effective.

 

WFK handles complex commercial litigation. Our team tailors its strategies – and utilizes the arsenal of litigator’s tools at its disposal – to move towards quick, cost-effective resolutions on behalf of every client.

Cannabis

WFK understands cannabis.

 

Cannabis licensed producers and retailers face a challenging climate. We have helped cannabis LPs and their boards of directors navigate through down markets and industry-specific challenges. We have also assisted retail clients in navigating through the retail and licensing process.

 

WFK has acted for Cannabis companies as well as their boards of directors in CCAA proceedings. We understand the issues facing Cannabis companies, including the regulatory environment as well as the economic environment they currently face.

Technology

WFK knows that new industries require new ideas, and one size does not fit all.

 

Our lawyers know that creative businesses do not want legal jargon to distract from a focus on innovation. We help clients to focus on scaling their businesses, avoiding cash flow difficulties, and help to create resilient and dynamic tech companies. Our clients include start-up, early stage, and mature technology companies. We regularly act for tech companies, their boards of directors as well as investors looking to purchase distress assets or acquire assets in a loan to own strategy.

Corporate and Business Services

WFK does deals. Our lawyers know that dealmakers need to move quickly while avoiding stumbling blocks. We regularly act for debtors, creditors, purchasers, sellers, and their boards of directors in seeking out and negotiating deals that work.

 

Our lawyers understand that good business means good corporate governance and business practices. We have helped clients develop internal structures and protocols to minimize risk, avoid cash flow issues, and to keep businesses lean.

NEWS

  • JMX commenced restructuring proceedings in April 2020 as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated cash flow challenges. With the assistance of restructuring lawyers, Weisz Fell Kour LLP, JMX dealt quickly with its secure debt and implemented a corporate reorganization....

  • JMX commenced restructuring proceedings in April 2020 as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated cash flow challenges. With the assistance of restructuring lawyers, Weisz Fell Kour LLP, JMX dealt quickly with its secure debt and implemented a corporate reorganization....

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