- Restructuring & Insolvency
|University ||Dalhousie University, B.A., Anthropology/Sociology, 2005|
|Law School||Queen's University, J.D., 2008|
Eleonore Morris is a member of the Restructuring and Insolvency Group and the Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring, banking and financing as well as commercial litigation.
Eleonore has acted on matters dealing with debt recovery and security enforcement, receiverships, CCAA proceedings, BIA proposals and bankruptcy discharges. She is well versed in a broad range of secured and unsecured lending transactions, syndicated lending transactions, and acquisition financings, and has also assisted in contract disputes, construction lien disputes, and RSLA matters.
Eleonore has experience representing both institutional and non-bank lenders and has acted for both debtors and creditors, including secured and unsecured parties across a variety of industries.
Eleonore is an adjunct professor for the International Insolvency Law course offered as part of the University of Toronto's Global Professional LL.M. program and has guest lectured for Dalhousie University's Corporate Transactions course. She has spoken at Law Society and OBA programs on insolvency and other issues. Eleonore is a contributor to the National Creditor Debtor Review and the National Insolvency Review, and her work has been published in CAIRP's Rebuilding Success Magazine and Canada's Fleet Digest Magazine. She has written extensively on the RSLA, and is a contributing author to the Canada LawBook textbook on the Repair and Storage Lien Act.
Some of Eleonore's notable experience includes:
· Acting for the national receiver of an international construction company
· Acting for a CCAA debtor of a Canadian pulp and paper company and for the national receiver of an international pulp and paper company
· Acting for pensioners of a United Kingdom Defined Benefit Pension Plan in the global restructuring proceedings of Nortel Networks Corporation et al.
· Acting for the group of first secured creditors in connection with the receivership and sale of Blockbuster Canada Co.
· Representing a client in the gaming industry before the Federal Court of Canada to appeal the assessment of a substantial administrative monetary penalty for purported violations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act
· Acting for Royal Bank of Canada in connection with the CCAA restructuring of Bruce R. Smith Limited et al.
· Acting for Ernst & Young Inc. in its capacity as court appointed receiver of Penex Metropolis Ltd. et al., and in connection with the sale of substantially all of the assets of Penex Metropolis Ltd. et al.
Eleonore received her B.A. from Dalhousie and studied law at Queens University. During her time at Queens, Eleonore was awarded the Dennis Marshall Contribution Award for her work within the faculty. She is an active volunteer with a number of charitable organizations, is a member of the Cassels Brock Student Committee and is the Associate Co-Chair of the firm's 2013/2014 United Way campaign.
· Canadian Bar Association
· Ontario Bar Association
· International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
· Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
· TMA NextGen (Committee Member)
Publications, Newsletters and Articles
Understanding Crown Priorities in Insolvency
Lenders Beware - "Reasonable" Repair and Storage Charges Add-up Fast!
The Internet - How Public Access Impacts PPSA Notice Requirements
The Standard Form Trap
All is Not Lost if a Limitations Period Missed
Know your Limits - Enforcing Mortgage Guarantees
Canada's Cinram Manufacturing Files in CCAA
Lien Issues: Use and Abuse of the RSLA
Treatment of Repair and Storage Liens in Insolvency Proceedings
Abuse of the Repair and Storage Lien Act
Insolvency Watch: Arctic Glacier Obtains Court Protection to Conduct Search for New Investors
When Less Is Not More - PPSA Pitfalls for the Unwary
Insolvency Watch: Union of Canada Life to Be Wound Up Due to Inadequate Capital and Deteriorating Finances
WEPPA Amendments May Eliminate Key Bankruptcy Eligibility Period
Insolvency Watch: Catalyst Paper Secures CCAA Protection After Negotiations with Note-Holders and Unions Fail
Insolvency Watch: Catalyst Paper Seeks US Court Protection But Will Continue Normal Operations
Insolvency Watch: Timminco Granted Court Protection in Wake of Liquidity Crisis
Insolvency Watch: Cellfor Obtains Court Protection in Canada and US
Insolvency Watch: National Clothing Chain to Be Sold Under CCAA Protection
Insolvency Watch: Oilsands Quest Granted CCAA Protection by Alberta Court
The Top Ten United States Bankruptcies
Insolvency Watch: Norgate Metals is Granted CCAA Protection by Québec Superior Court
Pro Bono/Community Involvement
· Volunteer, Ronald McDonald House
· Volunteer, Canadian Cancer Society
· Volunteer, Dartmouth Woodside Community Centre (Halifax)
· Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
· Volunteer, Canadian Red Cross
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Storage Wars! Round One - Still a Long Road to Stop RSLA Storage Abuses
Jonathan Fleisher,Eleonore Morris, May 12, 2014
Ontario is taking the next step in its plan to help reduce the amount of time a vehicle can be stored - incurring charges - after an accident without notice to the driver or other parties having an interest in the vehicle (such as an equipment financier) from 60 days to a shorter time frame.
Problem Customer? Problem Solved!
Martin Fingerhut,Eleonore Morris, December 4, 2013
Banks are entitled to terminate banking relationships on reasonable notice and without providing an explanation. When determining how much notice is “reasonable”, courts will consider how long it would take for a similarly-situated organization to obtain comparable banking arrangements,...
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