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Kathryn Esaw

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2010

Kathryn provides practical legal advice on a broad range of insolvency and restructuring matters.

Kathryn is a member of the firm's Financial Services Group. She represents debtors, court officers, creditors and purchasers in proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act throughout Canada, as well as debtors, creditors and lenders in informal restructurings under the Canada Business Corporations Act and provincial equivalents.

Kathryn spoke at the 2018 Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Law Conference on the rise of technology restructurings, including the implications of cryptocurrency and insolvency. She has also been a guest lecturer on restructurings at the Osgoode Hall Law School LLM program.

Kathryn clerked at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in the International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2019 as a Rising Star in Restructuring and Insolvency

Professional Involvement


  • International Women's Insolvency Restructuring Confederation
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association 

Selected Publications

“Canada” chapter, Getting the Deal Through – Acquisition Finance, June 2013 and 2014 (co-author).

“Re Nortel and Re Northstar: Abitibi Interpreted,” Commercial Insolvency Reporter, December 2013 (co-author).


  • JD, University of Toronto, 2009
  • BA (Hons. with distinction) University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006