Mark E. Meland

Mark E. Meland

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Mark carries on a highly successful insolvency and restructuring, commercial litigation, securities, insurance and banking law practice. He was one of the lead counsel for bondholders in the corporate
take-over case involving the proposed $52 billion LBO of BCE and acted for Plaintiffs in the case of Castor Holdings, the largest and longest running auditors’ negligence action in Canadian history. He is an accomplished trial lawyer who has pleaded many important cases at the trial and appellate levels, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has acted as counsel in some of the largest insolvency matters in Canada (many of which are international in scope) on behalf of creditors, debtors, monitors and trustees. Examples of some of his important insolvency and restructuring mandates include Olympia & York, Air Canada, Yellow Media, Norshield Asset Management, Castor Holdings, Coopers & Lybrand, Laura’s Shoppe and Wabush Mines. Currently, he is acting for the Quebec Class Action Plaintiffs in the CCAA proceedings of Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald.
Mark was actively involved in the complex securities litigation in relation to Amaya Gaming, which culminated with the AMF terminating its insider trading investigations. He is currently acting on behalf of the Plaintiff in the Quebec Class Action instituted against manufacturers and sellers of opioid drugs.

Email: mmeland@ffmp.ca

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities & Insurance Litigation
  • Banking
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Class Actions

BAR ADMISSION

Québec, 1980

EDUCATION

  • Laval University (LL.L,1979)

PUBLICATIONS

“Extending Protection to Third Parties in a Restructuring Plan”, Canadian Bankruptcy Reports (1993) 20 C.B.R., 3rd 61. “Olympia & York: Navigating Uncharted Waters”, in: Case Studies in Recent Canadian Insolvency Reorganizations, eds. Jacob S. Ziegel and David E. Baird, Carswell, 1998, pp. 151-179.  “Rogue White Knights and Strategic Buyers of Distressed Debt”, Canadian Bankruptcy Reports (2007) 29 C.B.R. (5th) 183.  “Judicial Activism: Seeking a Level Playing Field in Canadian Insolvency Cases”, in CBCA Pan-Canadian Insolvency Conference, 2007.  39th Annual Workshop on Commercial and Consumer Law “The BCE Case: Does “Process” Matter?”, October 16, 2009.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mark has presented many lectures and papers on commercial law and insolvency matters at several prestigious conferences across Canada.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Occasional Practice Permit - Law Society of Ontario
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Lord Reading Law Society