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Frank Spizzirri
Frank Spizzirri
Baker & McKenzie LLP

+ 1 416 865 6940

Frank Spizzirri is a partner in the Firm's Corporate and Securities Group in the Toronto office. A prolific writer and speaker, he has spoken and authored articles and papers on various topics ranging from director and officer liabilities, bankruptcy and insolvency, and shareholder activism. Mr. Spizziri has spoken at numerous industry conferences, including those sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. He served as chair of the Insolvency Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and is the executive secretary of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Spizzirri has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in bankruptcy and insolvency.

Practice Focus

Mr. Spizzirri’s practice focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate restructurings, as well as distressed acquisitions and financings. He also assists clients in equipment and asset-based lending, debtor-in-possession financing, and provides sound counsel on debtor-creditor rights, director and officer liability, risk management, collections and forensic investigations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for a secured lender of a company acquiring distressed forestry assets in the Province of New Brunswick
  • Acted for an equipment financier in a litigious priorities dispute with an operating lender In Ontario
  • Acted for a secured term lender in a locomotive industry-related CCAA proceeding and subsequent receivership
  • Acted for numerous purchasers of assets in CCAA and receivership proceedings in Canada
  • Acted for a US-based entertainment business in the restructuring of its operations
  • Acted for an international wine and beer conglomerate in the restructuring of its North American operations
  • Acted for several telecommunications companies in the restructuring of their respective businesses
  • Acted for secured lenders and lessors in a number of aviation restructurings and insolvencies, including the Air Canada restructuring and the Canada 3000 restructuring
  • Acted for a number of credit insurers in various CCAA and insolvency proceedings
  • Acting for insolvency professional in insolvency proceedings

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association - Past Chair, Insolvency Law Section
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA) - Toronto Chapter
  • Canadian Bar Association - Secretary, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
  • Toronto Lawyers Association - Member


Ontario~Canada (1995)


Osgoode Hall Law School  (LL.M. Taxation) (1997)
University of Ottawa  (LL.B. cum laude) (1993)
University of Toronto  (B.A. Distinction) (1990)
Canadian Securities Institute

Baker & McKenzie LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.
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