Josef Krüger

Josef G.A. Krüger QC


Executive Summary

Josef Krüger is a partner in our Commercial Litigation Group in our Calgary office. He was Regional Manager of our Commercial Litigation Group from January 2007 to July 2011, and a member of our Partnership Board from 2011 to 2016.

Josef focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has more than 35 years' experience in commercial litigation and insolvency law, and is a veteran of more than 400 trials and arbitrations. He has extensive experience arguing matters on appeal, and has acted in numerous insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, including cross-border restructurings. He was appointed to the Insolvency Institute of Canada in 2010, and appointed Queen's Counsel that same year.

Josef's experience also includes: oil & gas litigation, international arbitrations, arbitration of commercial disputes, the unravelling of international commercial frauds, and the recovery of assets across borders, Mareva injunctions and Anton Pillar Orders and defending auditors' liability claims.

Prior to moving to Calgary in 1998 and joining one of BLG's founding firms, Howard Mackie, Josef articled and practised as a barrister in South Africa for a total of 18 years.

Representative Work

  • Counsel for the debtors in the restructuring proceedings of GasFrac Energy Services, Canadian Superior Energy Inc. and Darian Resources Ltd.
  • Counsel for the Monitor in the cross-border restructurings of Walton International Group Inc., Sanjel Corporation, Mirant Corporation, Calpine Corporation, SemGroup LP, and Oil Sands Quest Inc.
  • Counsel for the Monitor in Laricina Energy Ltd., Southern Pacific Resource Corp., Smokey River Coal Limited, Gauntlet Energy Corp., and Victoria Park LP.
  • Counsel for the Receiver in the Receiverships of Lexin Resources Ltd., Tesla Exploration Ltd., Spyglass Resources Corp.,  Southern Pacific Resource Corp., Smokey River Coal Ltd., Integra Investments Limited, Hartland Pipeline Services Ltd., CanEnerco Limited, Kalta Energy Corp., Victoria Park LP and QuikJets Inc.
  • Counsel for the Purchaser in the restructurings of Poseidon Concepts Corp., Meadow Lake Pulp Mill and Ramparts Energy Ltd.
  • Counsel for creditors in the insolvencies of Sprague-Rosser Contracting Co. Ltd., Liberty Oil & Gas Limited, K2 Developments Limited, Tirecraft Group Inc., Nevada Bob's Golf Inc., Enron Canada, Chauvco Resources International Ltd., Bearcat Explorations Ltd., Stampede Oils Inc., and Skope Energy Inc.
  • Lead Counsel in trials and arbitrations in the fields of corporate and shareholder disputes, banking, insolvency, engineering, oil & gas, contractual, patent and seismic data disputes.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Redwater: Impacts and Implications" BLG Seminar, February 27, 2019.
  • Past speaker at insolvency conferences and seminars organized by the University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Lorman, The International Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Co-Author, "Policy Considerations regarding Exempt Property: A South Africa-Canadian Comparison," Annual Review of Insolvency Law, (with Janis Sarra), 2007 Edition.
  • Co-Chair, Panel Discussion on "Interim Finance in Restructuring Insolvent Corporations," International Bar Association Conference, Zurich, Switzerland: May 2007.
  • Co-Chair, Panel Discussion on "Acquisition of Corporations in the Insolvency Zone," International Bar Association Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina: October 2008.
  • Co-Chair, Panel Discussion on "Restructuring Distressed Businesses: Strategies for Saving Healthy Assets, Carve-Out and Divestment of Losing Assets and Recognizing the Difference", International Bar Association Conference, Washington D.C., September 2016.
  • Author, "The Exploration Geophysicist as an Expert Witness," The Leading Edge, Vol. 19, No. 6, June 2000.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring).
  • Recognized in the 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Litigation Star: Arbitration, General Commercial and Insolvency."
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Restructuring and Insolvency - Highly Regarded).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 5)).
  • Recognized as "Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Lawyer of the Year – Calgary" in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2009) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law).
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Restructuring and Insolvency).
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring ).
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Alberta"
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition (and since 2011) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Insolvency and Restructuring). Described as "highly regarded for his cross-border restructuring expertise."
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized as a leading cross-border litigator in the 2015 and 2014 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigators.