Bennett Jones, Babin Bessner Spry appear in separate multimillion-dollar commercial cases

Kevin MacDonald, Miller Thomson each appeared three times in Commercial List roundup

Bennett Jones, Babin Bessner Spry appear in separate multimillion-dollar commercial cases
Law firms appearing for the week ending August 19, 2022

Two multimillion-dollar cases top the Commercial List roundup this week, with Bennett Jones LLP appearing in a $223 million case and Babin Bessner Spry LLP appearing in a $202 million case. All the cases heard this week were opened between 2019 and 2022.

Shanghai Lianyin Investment Co., Ltd. v. Lu et al was before the court with $223 million at stake. Bennett Jones associate Shaan Tolani represented the plaintiff, while the respondents appear to be unrepresented.

Cerieco Canada Corp. v. Mizrahi et al involved an amount of $202 million. Babin Bessner Spry partner Cynthia Spry represented the plaintiff in court, while the respondents in this case also appear to be unrepresented.

Kevin Lawrence MacDonald represented company in three separate actions

Kevin MacDonald represented Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. and several others in three cases – Middleton v. Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. et al, JDM Group Ltd. et al v. Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. et al, and Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. et al v. JDM Group Ltd.

Miller Thomson appeared in three cases

Asim Iqbal, partner, represented applicant Hazelton Development Corporation in Hazelton Development Corporation v. Bennett Jones LLP. Iqbal’s practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring law, guiding a client through informal workouts, formal restructuring proceedings and special situations with a creative and practical approach to problem solving.

Kyla Mahar, partner, represented applicant Getswift Technologies Limited in Getswift Technologies Limited. Mahar’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring, insolvency, recapitalizations, refinancing, distressed acquisitions and enforcement of creditors' rights.

Kevin Sherkin, partner, represented plaintiff J. Riar and several others in Riar et al v. Khudal et al. Sherkin’s practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, with expertise in construction matters, shareholder disputes, real estate-related litigation and breach of trust claims.

Bennett Jones LLP in two Commercial List actions

Richard Swan, partner, represented respondent Bennett Jones LLP in Hazelton Development Corporation v. Bennett Jones LLP. Swan’s practice focuses on corporate, commercial and public law disputes.

Shaan Tolani, associate, represented plaintiff Shanghai Lianyin Investment Co., Ltd. in Shanghai Lianyin Investment Co., Ltd. v. Lu et al. Tolani carries on a general litigation practice with an emphasis on corporate and commercial disputes, securities litigation, and financial crime.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell appeared in two cases

Natalie Levine, partner, represented the applicant in Sungard Availability Services (Canada Ltd./Sungard, Services De Continuite Des Affaires (Canada) LTEE v. Digital Toronto Nominee, Inc. et al. Levine’s practice focuses on corporate restructurings, with an emphasis on debtors, DIP lenders and informal committees in cross-border proceedings.

Ted Frankel, partner, represented applicant Toronto Business Development Centre in Toronto Business Development Centre v. Kinetic Startups Inc. et al. Frankel’s practice includes disputes related to contracts, securities, officer and director liability, professional negligence, fraud, defamation, class actions, estates and trusts, franchising, property, and election law.

McCague Borlack partner appeared in two cases

Stephen Barbier, partner, represented applicant JDM Group Ltd. and one other in JDM Group Ltd. et al v. Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. et al and D. Middleton in Middleton v. Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications Corp. et al. Barbier’s practice includes breach of trust claims, commercial disputes, construction liens, construction and environmental liability claims, First Nations consultation rights in land development, insurance coverage, product liability, professional liability and subrogation.

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