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Robert I. Thornton
Founding Partner

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Robert I. Thornton, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Bob is a partner of TGF and is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost insolvency practitioners in Canada. Best Lawyers 2018 named Bob “Lawyer of the Year” in Canada for Toronto Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law. Euromoney's The Best of the Best 2018 listed Bob as one of the top five insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Canada. He is recognized as a band 1 leading individual in restructuring/insolvency by Chambers Global, and has been lauded as "a leading light" and "pound for pound one of the top lawyers in town." Bob is currently acting for the Monitor in the restructurings of Carillion Group in Canada and Performance Sports Group Ltd. He lead the restructurings of the largest creditor of Stelco Inc., Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation et al., GuestLogix Inc., Coopers & Lybrand, Mobilicity, Hollinger, AbitibiBowater, Fraser Papers, Calpine, Air Canada and the reorganization of BCE. Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a Director of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and a member of INSOL International, The Advocates' Society, Canadian Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Canadian Insolvency Foundation and the Ontario Bar Association, Insolvency Section. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984.

Year Called to the Bar:1984 (ON)
100 Wellington St W, Suite 3200, PO Box 329, Toronto-Dominion Ctr
Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 304-0560
Fax: (416) 304-1313
E-mail: rthornton@tgf.ca

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  • May 23, 2019
    An Ontario judge finds that class counsel’s interest in a costs award had priority over General Motors of Canada’s interest as a secured creditor
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Practitioners say the flexibility and practicality of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act leads to faster and more efficient outcomes for insolvency proceedings
  • Aug 08, 2017
    In 2016, bankruptcy checked Performance Sports Group into the boards. But an unbeatable bid followed by a US$575-million asset sale to Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial Holdings saved its iconic ...
  • Apr 01, 2014
    Conflicting priorities, most recently between environmental claims and the need for business continuity, highlight the difficult tightrope courts must walk in insolvency proceedings