Mervyn D. Abramowitz
Location: Downtown Office
- Ontario, 1988
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. (1986)
Mervyn is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and appears regularly before all levels of the trial and appellate courts of Ontario. He has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation (including disputes involving contracts, real estate, negligence, and fiduciary obligations, corporate, partnership and shareholder disputes), as well as commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters, and employment litigation.
Mervyn is regularly consulted and retained by other law firms in Toronto and across Canada for his expertise and insight in commercial litigation and insolvency matters. Several of Canada’s largest and best known law firms consult and refer matters to him where, for various reasons, they are unable to act.
Mervyn is also very active in several professional organizations. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Civil Litigation section executive, the Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring section, , as well as the Technology Liaison of the Ontario Bar Association’s Insolvency section executive. He is also a member of the Commercial List Users Committee, where members of the judiciary and senior members of the Bar work to improve matters for those whose practice involves the specialized Commercial List court in Toronto.
Mervyn is a regular participant and speaker on various topics related to his areas of practice, and was an instructor for many years at the Ontario Bar Admission Course (Civil Litigation and Insolvency sections).
Recent Notable Matters
• Representative counsel appointed by the court to act for a large group of individuals in a large, commercial mortgage enforcement action involving the determination of their rights as life-lease holders
• Counsel to a large, Quebec-based, financial institution seeking to enforce its rights against various commercial entities in Ontario
• Consultant to a law firm in Beijing, China with respect to interim preservation of property remedies in Ontario
• Counsel to an Ontario corporation in a multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute with an Israeli corporation
• Counsel to a U.S.-based Tier 1 automobile parts supplier in a dispute involving parts suppliers withholding tools and parts destined for several OEM's
• Counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in an action involving contaminated supplies
• Counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a breach of contract action with international scope involving the construction of custom equipment and several large foreign entities in Germany, Switzerland and the United States
Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring
• Counsel to the court-appointed Monitor in the CCAA restructurings of Cotton Ginny, SAAN Stores, Steelback Breweries and D'Angelo Brands
• Counsel to the secured creditor who sought and obtained an order under the CCAA in respect of NexInnovations Inc.
• Counsel to creditors, nationally and internationally, in the cross-border CCAA restructurings of Vallefoam, Canwest, Angiotech, Huffy Bicycles, and Fantom Technologies
• Counsel to various secured and unsecured creditors in several court-appointed receiverships and bankruptcies in the high-tech and biotech spheres, including Botaneco, Seven Group Data Management Group, Sprint Network, Gloplug, RAM Computer, Questech, Genicom, The Baxter Group and others
•Counsel to several trustees and receivers dealing with various Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent transactions
Recent Speaking Engagements
• January 2014 – Speaker at The Commons Institute program on Practice Management and the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Lawyer’s Responsibility to the Profession (co-authored paper with Isida Ranxi).
• February 2013 - Speaker at the Law Society of Upper Canada's Commercial Priorities for Real Estate and Business Lawyers, on Vesting Orders In and Outside of an Insolvency (co-authored paper with Stephen C. Wolpert)
• September 2012 – moderator of the judges panel at the annual Pan-Canadian Insolvency Law conference in Halifax, NS
• October 2011 – speaker at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six Minute Debtor/ Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer program on tenants’ rights and obligations in the case of an insolvent landlord (co-authored paper with Stephen C. Wolpert, Insolvent Landlords: Concerns of a Commercial Tenant)
• September 2011 - Co-chair of Canadian Bar Association Pan-Canadian Insolvency Law Conference, Toronto, and introduced key note speaker, Agathe Cote, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada
Recent Published Works
- Ontario/Canadian Bar Association
- The Advocates' Society
- Toronto Lawyers Association
- Turnaround Management Association