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Lawson Lundell LLP

William L. Roberts

William L. Roberts

Partner

Expertise

  • Bankruptcy
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Litigation

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Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Profile
Will practises in the areas of insolvency and restructuring law with an emphasis on insolvency proceedings, banking litigation, creditors' remedies and fraud claims.

Will routinely represents creditors, debtors and purchasers in restructurings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and for financial institutions, Trustees in Bankruptcy and Receivers in connection with residential and commercial foreclosures, receiverships, realizations, bankruptcies, fraud claims and cheque negotiation issues.

Will also represents the British Columbia Securities Commission in relation various matters, including insolvency proceedings, the enforcement of administrative penalties and receiverships.

Prior to being called to the British Columbia bar, Will spent a term as a judicial law clerk to the British Columbia Supreme Court. He also dedicates a significant amount of time to representing pro bono clients in relation to fraud and debt claims.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (1999)

Education

Simon Fraser University (B.C. (Psyc.), 1992)
University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1998)
Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy | Insolvency and Restructuring | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

William has represented:

The Executive Director of the British Columbia Securities Commission in successfully defending an appeal of a Freeze Order: Zhu v. British Columbia Securities Commission, 2013 BCCA 248

Grant Thornton Limited, in its capacity as Monitor of Huldra Silver Inc., in relation to proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

Bank of Montreal in relation to proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act commenced by the Johel Group of Companies

A credit union in obtaining an Order Nisi where the validity of the mortgage was being challenged on the basis of prior allegedly fraudulent transfers:First West Credit Union v. Giesbrecht, 2013 BCSC 564

The British Columbia Securities Commission in proceedings to trace and recover amounts in excess of $13 million relating to the Manna / Legacy fraud

The Bank of Montreal, HSBC Bank Canada, Vancity and Bancorp Financial Services Inc. in relation to various commercial work-outs and realization proceedings

Various lenders and receivers in relation to realization proceedings involving hotels in Victoria and Squamish, B.C.

Grant Thornton Limited, in its capacity as Monitor of Tagish Lake Gold Corp., in relation to proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

The British Columbia Securities Commission in relation to the bankruptcy of Horizon FX Investments Limited Partnership

Meyers Norris Penny Limited, in its capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of the Estate of Michael Ernst Ruge, to trace and recover funds on behalf of investors

Grant Thornton Limited, in its capacities as Interim Receiver and Monitor of Load Runner Logistics Ltd. and related entities

A Trustee in Bankruptcy in successfully defending a claim for breach of duty: First Vancouver Finance v. E. Sands & Associates Inc., 2005 BCSC 1413

The Bank of Montreal and HSBC Bank Canada in a number of matters relating to cheque negotiation and clearing issues under the Bills of Exchange Act and Canadian Payment Association Rules, including matters relating to cheque-kiting and forged bank drafts

The Bank of Montreal and HSBC Bank Canada in relation to various fraud claims

Campbell, Saunders Ltd., in its capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of the Estate of Ronald Stephen Barker, to trace and recover funds on behalf of defrauded investors

The British Columbia Securities Commission in relation to the bankruptcy of Ian Gregory Thow

The British Columbia Securities Commission in advancing claims against a $20 million fund held by a court-appointed Receiver

The Bank of Montreal, HSBC Bank Canada and various Trustees in Bankruptcy in prosecuting claims under the Fraudulent Conveyance Act and Fraudulent Preference Act

A pro bono client in successfully setting-aside a fraudulent mortgage transaction: Murray v. Affordable Homes Inc., 2007 BCSC 1428


Professional Associations

* Canadian Bar Association, Member

Recognition and Ranking
*Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for insolvency and financial restructuring law
*Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for insolvency litigation in British Columbia
*Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: CV Peer Review rated

Articles

Insolvency and Restructuring Bulletin: SCC Releases its Decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers (February 7, 2013)

"The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs", CBA BarTalk, (October 9, 2012), Author


Blogs

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

Lawson Lundell's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog follows new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. Our goal is to provide a source of valuable information and insight on a wide variety of matters for our readers.

Privacy & Data Management Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

This blog is authored by members of the Privacy & Data Management Department. We follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. We follow emerging issues, legal developments, and new technology as they impact privacy and data management. We will focus on how...

Project Law Blog
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The Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog focuses on updating proponents on new and interesting issues emerging in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. The focus of the blog is on matters relating to environmental assessment and compliance, regulatory matters...

The Business Law Blog
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This blog is authored by members of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. We intend to follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. The wide range of experience among the members of our litigation group will provide a diverse and insightful...

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