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Magnus C. Verbrugge

Avocat-conseil principal


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Magnus practises in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency, and commercial lending. He represents debtors, creditors, trustees and monitors in a broad range of restructuring proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act

Magnus acts for financial institutions, borrowers and private lenders in a wide variety of secured-financing transactions, including:

  • syndicated loans
  • leveraged buy-out transactions
  • asset-based lending
He also acts for financial institutions, debtors, bankruptcy trustees and receivers in connection with foreclosures, receiverships, bankruptcies and realizations. 
He is recognized as a leading lawyer in his practice areas by the foremost legal rankings directories.


  • Acted as lead debtor’s counsel in numerous restructuring proceedings, including those of Mariposa Stores Limited Partnership (CCAA); Seanix Technology Inc. (BIA Proposal); Pacific Salmon Industries (CCAA); NEMI Northern Energy & Mining Inc. (CCAA); Twinstrand Therapeutics Inc. (BIA Proposal); Blackburn Developments Ltd. (CCAA); Meinhardt Fine Foods Inc. (BIA Proposal).
  • Acted for a syndicate of lenders in connection with a $600 million senior debt and bond offering by an entertainment company.
  • Acted for the Canadian lenders in a cross-border $650 million senior debt financing of an industrial sector company.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Director, Vancouver International Marathon Society
  • Director, Risk Management Association, Vancouver Chapter

Community Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Banking Subsection, Insolvency Subsection
  • Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2016 editions of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Restructuring/Insolvency).
  • Recognized in the 2019 and 2018 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Asset Equipment Finance/ Leasing, Banking & Financial Institutions, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Banking, Capital Markets).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2009) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring).
  • Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Recognized as Vancouver Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year by in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Colombie-Britannique, 1998
  • LLB, Université de Toronto, 1997
  • MBA, Université de Toronto, 1997
  • BA, Université de Toronto, 1993