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Jane Dietrich

Jane Dietrich

jdietrich@casselsbrock.com
Telephone: 416 860 5223
Fax: 416 640 3144

Toronto
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2
Canada

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“Effective and astute.” – Client Testimonial, Chambers Global

Jane Dietrich* is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group. The focus of her practice is on international and domestic commercial restructurings, insolvency, and related litigation. She has particular expertise in formal and informal corporate reorganizations, enforcement of security, and unsecured creditor remedies.

Prior to joining the firm, Jane had practised for approximately 10 years at another leading Canadian law firm where she was a partner. A frequent writer and presenter on insolvency-related matters, Jane has participated as a speaker at several conferences hosted by the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, and the Risk Management Association. Jane also teaches bankruptcy law at the University of Toronto, where she is an Adjunct Professor.

Jane is a Fellow and lifetime member of INSOL International – the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals. She also sits on the Board of Directors.

Some of Jane’s notable experience includes acting as:

  • Counsel to Ernst & Young as court-appointed monitor of Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc.

  • Counsel to Grant Thornton as court-appointed monitor of Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltd.

  • Counsel to Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. in connection with their worldwide restructuring

  • Counsel to the Board of Catalyst Paper in connection with its successful repayment of all funded debt and acquisition by Paper Excellence

  • Counsel to Banro Corporation in connection with its cross border restructuring

  • Counsel to the Term DIP Lenders to Sears Canada Inc. in connection with its CCAA proceedings

  • Counsel to Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. in connection with its successful repayment of all secured and unsecured note indebtedness and acquisition by Centerra Gold Inc.

  • Counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of Bondholders of Trident Exploration Corp. in connection with its CBCA recapitalization

  • Counsel to Connacher Oil and Gas Limited in connection with its CCAA proceedings

  • Counsel to the Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of Horsehead Holding in connection with its cross-border restructuring

  • Counsel to the DIP Lender to Colt Defense LLC, in connection with its cross-border restructuring

  • Counsel to the DIP Lender to Horsehead Holdings and its Canadian subsidiary, Zochem Inc. in connection with their CCAA recognition proceedings

  • Counsel to Xinergy Ltd. in connection with its CCAA recognition proceeding

  • Counsel to the monitor in connection with the CAA proceedings of Grafton Fraser Inc.

  • Counsel to the court-approved liquidator of Target Canada Co.

  • Counsel to Grant Forest Products Inc. and related companies in connection with their CCAA proceedings

  • Counsel to LightSquared LP and related companies in connection with the recognition of their proceedings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Canada

  • Canadian Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nortel Networks Inc. and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries in cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings

  • Counsel to a group of bondholders in connection with the CCAA proceedings of AbitibiBowater and related Chapter 11 proceedings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

  • Counsel to AVEOS Fleet Performance Inc. in connection with its CCAA proceedings

  • Counsel to the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Catalyst Paper Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in their CCAA/Chapter 15 proceedings

  • Counsel to Tenor Capital Management as DIP lender to Crystallex International Corporation in its CCAA /Chapter 15

  • Counsel to Trident Exploration Corp. and Trident Resources Corp. in connection with their cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 restructuring proceedings

  • Counsel to Alvarez & Marsal Inc. in its capacity as receiver in connection with Red Leaves Resort

  • Counsel to Burlington Technologies Inc., a Tier 1 automotive supplier, in its proceedings under the CCAA

  • Counsel to Bombay Furniture Company in connection with their cross-border CCAA and Chapter 11 cases, which resulted in the sale of the Bombay Canada business as a going concern

client commentary

  • “’Hits the ball down the middle’ with her balanced and fair counsel and ‘her ability to negotiate resolutions with the other parties of interest in a case.’" – Chambers Global (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • "’Calm when she presents to court,’ and described as the ‘voice of reason.’” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • “Excellent in the courtroom, and also technically sound.” – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “She has a results-oriented approach.” – Chambers Global (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “Effective and astute in understanding business issues.” – Chambers Global (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • "A very methodical practitioner who sees the big picture really well and is terrific to work with."  – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • “I consider Jane to be truly the most practical lawyer for transactions which can become very sophisticated very fast, can have a lot of wrinkles and involve a lot of different players." – Chambers Canada (Restructuring & Insolvency)

*denotes Professional Corporation

Education

University of Toronto, LL.B., 2003

University of Waterloo, B.Sc., 1998

Recent Work

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2004

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) – Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)

Achievements

  • Turnaround Management Association - Toronto Chapter's Women of Excellence Award ("Today's Leader")
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Insolvency)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2015 ("Corporate Lawyer to Watch")
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 2017
  • Lexpert Special Edition - Canadian Litigation Lawyers 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015–2020 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)
  • Chambers Canada 2016–2020 (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • Chambers Global 2012–2019 (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014–2019 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation; Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Financial Restructuring)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Asset Recovery)

 

Expertise

Restructuring & Insolvency