Michael J. Russell

Mike J. Russell (Practice Group Leader, Insolvency)

Telephone: 306.665.9507
Facsimile: 306.652.0332
E-mail: mrussell@wlawgroup.com

Areas of Law

Mike primarily practises in the areas of insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring law. Mike has acted as counsel to:

  • – lenders (including special loans departments) and as counsel to out-of-province law firms in relation to work-out and recovery strategies including forbearance arrangements, restructurings, collections and repossessions
  • – lenders (including special loans departments) and as counsel to out-of-province law firms in relation to restructuring and receivership / bankruptcy proceedings under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangements Act (the “CCAA”) and under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”);
  • – corporate debtors, landlords, suppliers, lien claimants, and other stakeholders in relation to restructuring and receivership / bankruptcy proceedings under the CCAA and under the BIA;
  • – insolvency professionals appointed as monitor, receiver, trustee and liquidator both in relation to specific appointments and as general counsel.

Mike also handles corporate and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on construction law and builders’ liens, as well as matters relating to operators’ liens in the oil and gas industry, unpaid sellers’ liens and commercial liens regarding grain handling and other issues associated with the supply and transport of goods.

Mike is a skilled negotiator, and has acted as an arbitrator and mediator in construction disputes. As well, Mike has handled a wide range of actions in the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.

Representative Work

Mike has acted as counsel or co-counsel in a variety of insolvency and restructuring matters, including, but not limited to:

  • – restructuring under the CCAA of approximately $100 million in debt owed by a hog operation
  • – restructuring of a property developer under the CCAA
  • – restructurings of a home manufacturer, a construction company and a sporting goods retailer under the BIA
  • – receiverships of a wine store, a millworking company and a steel fabrication and supply company
  • – receivership of a cattle operation
  • – receivership of a hog operation
  • – receivership of a specialty grain company
  • – asserting a major claim in a US Chapter 15 proceeding
  • – asserting major claims in various CCAA proceedings
  • – bankruptcy of a restaurant
  • – asset sale in an Alberta receivership of an oil and gas producer

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (with distinction) in 2009, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
  • Admitted to the Bar in 2010

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • The Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Insolvency (North) Section, Chair
  • Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Saskatoon Bar Association
  • Saskatchewan Bankruptcy Practice Committee
  • Saskatchewan Insolvency Initiatives Panel
  • Saskatchewan Insolvency Template Orders Committee

Community Activities

  • Professional Squash Association Saskatoon, Boast International Squash Tournament – Organizing Committee, 2008-2013
  • Vice-Chair, Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon Board of Directors