Coverage of the latest Canadian insolvency filings, court cases, news and more

Spartan Bioscience Inc.

Spartan Bioscience Inc., a Nepean, Ontario-based biotechnology company that developed a rapid COVID-19 testing device, filed an NOI on April 5, listing approximately $73.0 million in liabilities. The company filed for insolvency protection after finding an undisclosed problem with the technology and pausing shipments of its COVID-19 testing cube. The company is laying off 60 employees (around 70% of its workforce) and working to restructure and refine the performance of the COVID-19 test in the field. EY is the proposal trustee.

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (“OES”)

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (“OES”), a not-for-profit organization that operates a regulated recycling program in Ontario, submitted a wind-up plan (the “Plan”) for its Waste Electrical Equipment Program to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority in July 2019. As contemplated by the Plan, the board of directors of OES passed a resolution in February 2021 requiring OES to be wound up voluntarily under the provisions of the Corporations Act (Ontario). On April 1, Deloitte was appointed liquidator.

Aluminart Products Limited, Arcor Windows & Doors Inc., and N.A.P. Windows & Doors Ltd.

Aluminart Products Limited, Arcor Windows & Doors Inc., and N.A.P. Windows & Doors Ltd., Ontario companies that manufacture and distribute storm doors, patio doors, and windows to retailers such as Loews and Home Hardware, were placed in receivership on March 29 on application by RBC, owed approximately $5.2 million (CAD) and $24.5 thousand (USD) under a loan agreement. Despite multiple forbearance extensions, the companies have yet to repay their indebtedness to RBC. In addition, the companies failed to deposit $475.0 thousand into their RBC bank accounts as promised. msi Spergel (GRIP) was appointed receiver. Counsel is Minden Gross for the applicant, Miller Thomson for the companies, Harrison Pensa for the receiver, and Lipman Zener Waxman for BDC.

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Michael Rotsztain on the evolution of restructuring and insolvency work in Canada

“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius’ quote is a favourite of Michael Rotsztain, who has been practising insolvency and restructuring law for over 40 years. Beginning his career at the legendary insolvency firm of Harries Houser, where he had the good fortune of being mentored by a bankruptcy law dream team, Michael spent the major part of his career at a leading Bay Street firm and since 2014 has been the chair of GSNH’s five-lawyer Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Michael recounts how insolvencies and restructurings have evolved over his career and shares what he thinks are the next steps in the evolution.