2016 Rising Stars Award Winners
Larry Ellis practises insolvency and restructuring law. He
has acted for numerous secured creditors in high-profile
recovery efforts, including Warner Bros., Fox and Sony in
the Blockbuster receivership. He regularly acts for major
banks in CCAA and receivership proceedings and for court
officers in CCAA, BIA and receivership proceedings. This
includes acting for Grant Thornton in the receivership
and wind-up of Triwest Construction and for Richter in
its capacity as court-appointed monitor for restructuring
Bowring and Bombay. He acts in international fraud
cases, including for Isle of Man Joint Liquidators and
local receivers in recovering Banners Broker assets for
more than 100,000 creditors across some 100 countries.
Larry was also part of a KPMG team for the Portus Group
receivership, involving $800 million of investor funds at
risk in Canada’s largest hedge fund scandal.
Laura Emmett is an outstanding insurance defence litigator. In Montepeque v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, she was co-counsel representing the defendant, State Farm, in a five-week trial in which the jury found there was no liability and no damages were awarded. Other notable actions include obtaining a court order under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act barring a respondent’s civil claim against an applicant; obtaining summary judgment that the limitation period for claiming non-earner benefits had expired; blocking a motion for summary judgment against a statutory third-party client; on appeal, upholding an arbiter’s ruling requiring production of medical records from a tort action and ordering the neuro-psychological assessment of an insured party. Laura is President of the Red Shoe Society, which has raised more than $300,000 for Ronald McDonald House.
Nils Engelstad is Vice President and General Counsel
of Alamos Gold Inc. He has had legal oversight and
responsibility for entering into a $150-million credit
facility with a syndicate of banks, amending Alamos’s
previous credit facility; acquiring Carlisle Goldfields by
way of a court-approved plan of arrangement valued
at approximately $30 million; combining with AuRico
Gold in a merger valued at approximately US$1.5
billion; managing and settling a bet-the-project mining
dispute valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars;
completing a $60-million US and Canadian concurrent
rights offering for McEwen Mining; and creating McEwen
Mining from the US$1.4-billion merger of US Gold Corp.
and Minera Andes. Nils serves as a director of both
the international aid group War Child Canada and the
Rumie Initiative, providing affordable education around
the world via tablet computers.