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Chris D. Simard

Partner, Co-Head of Restructuring and Insolvency

Restructuring, Insolvency and Energy Litigation Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.4485

Chris Simard is co-head of the Restructuring and Insolvency practice group. His practice encompasses all areas of restructuring and bankruptcy as well as energy litigation. He acts for creditors, debtors, court-appointed monitors, receivers and trustees in bankruptcy and in large and complex insolvencies and restructurings.

In the area of energy litigation, Chris has advised energy companies on disputes arising out of CAPL, seismic and security agreements and on various matters related to Crown and Freehold leases.

Clients, according to Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, see Chris as "fantastically clever, practical, easy to work with and aggressive in court."

Chris frequently writes and speaks on bankruptcy and restructuring issues. He has authored papers for the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, Canadian Institute seminars and Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals seminars.

Select Experience

  • Tervita Corporation Completes $3.6 billion Recapitalization Transaction Under the CBCA;
  • Sanjel Corporation Completes Sale of US Business;
  • Sanjel Corporation Completes Sale of Canadian Business;

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Ranked, Dispute Resolution: Alberta

    One client enthused: "He can look at something very complicated and distil it in to something very easy. He is pleasant and smart and we like to use him because he has a vast amount of knowledge and can provide quick answers."
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Ranked, Restructuring/Insolvency: Canada

    Clients describe him as a "smart, attentive, articulate and creative" practitioner.
  • 2016, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers

    Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Canada

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