Vancouver (February 19, 2014)William (Bill) E. J. Skelly has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a pre-eminent, 750-lawyer full-service firm, as counsel in the Vancouver Banking and Financial Services Group. Widely recognized for his expertise in the restructuring of national and international companies as well as in specialized lending, Bill will continue his strong practice in lending and insolvency work.

"We are pleased that Bill has chosen to continue his career with BLG," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO of BLG. "His speciality practice and international experience is an asset to our current client base and will prove to be a strong addition to our group.”

Bill is consistently acknowledged as one of Canada’s leading insolvency and financial restructuring lawyers.  He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Asset-Based Financing in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada and he has been recognized since 2010 in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.  He has also been recognized in Who’s Who Legal (2012) for Insolvency and Restructuring. A graduate of the University of Manitoba where he obtained his LL.B. in 1979, Bill was called to the Manitoba bar in 1980 and the British Columbia bar in 1988.   Prior to joining BLG, Bill was a partner with the Vancouver office of another major Canadian firm.

"Bill’s extensive career is a tremendous asset to our team and we are delighted that he has joined BLG,” said Ken Atlas, national leader of BLG’s Banking and Financial Services Group.  "Bill’s background and experience are a perfect complement to our national practice and will be a huge asset for our clients as they respond to the challenges and changes in the financial market."

BLG’s Banking and Financial Services Group is one of Canada’s largest financial services practices and acts as counsel to all of Canada’s largest banks and to many of Canada’s other leading financial institutions, including Schedule I, II and III banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and pension and other funds, as well as to many US and other foreign financial institutions.  With an active and dynamic practice representing borrowers, both Canadian and foreign, BLG is also a highly regarded advisor on regulatory matters to banks, trust companies, private and public funds and credit unions, including on their formation and establishment in Canada.  BLG acts on a regular basis in insolvency matters for creditors and debtors in need of restructuring assistance, as well as for receivers, trustees in bankruptcy under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and for Monitors under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. 

Bill was a Provincial Council member of the Canadian Bar Association for a number of years and remains a member of the business law, banking law, real estate and insolvency subsections of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association.  He has been active with the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) for several years, having previously served in 2007 as the Association’s International President. In 2008, he was named its chairman, the first Canadian to hold the position in TMA’s 20-year history. Bill currently serves as a Past Chairman of the TMA. As well, he is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, the country’s premier private sector insolvency organization. Membership in the IIC is by invitation only and limited to 135 practitioners.  He is also a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (U.K.). 

”I look forward to continuing my practice as part of BLG’s extensive, dedicated and impressive team and the high standard and excellence it provides to our clients,” said Bill.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration. 

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