Samantha Hans

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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2022

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  • Bio
  • Representative Matters
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
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Samantha draws on her strong attention to detail to provide pragmatic solutions for her clients. She enjoys the fast-paced and high-stakes nature of restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

Samantha is a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Groups. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings involving mid-market and large cap companies. She represents creditors, debtors and court-appointed officers. Samantha’s work encompasses a broad range of insolvency proceedings, including asset sales and recovery, security enforcement and restructuring litigation.

Samantha is passionate about community involvement and has extensive experience working with grassroots, pro bono and international human rights organizations.

Representative Matters

Successfully represented RBC in Royal Bank of Canada v. Express GT Parts Serve Inc. et al., in which the Court held that RBC’s security interest extended to the collateral of a related entity after the original borrowers were voluntarily dissolved.

Counsel to Tandia Financial Credit Union Limited in connection with the receivership application of a group of gas and retail companies. 

Counsel to a cannabis conglomerate with a cumulative deficit of $527.8 million during proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

Counsel to a First Nations wholesale fuel supplier in civil litigation to recover and freeze misappropriated assets, including a megayacht moved offshore by a former executive, as well as restructuring proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act with total liabilities of approximately $100 million

Selected Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Let’s look this stalking horse bid in the mouth: an exploration of stalking horse bid trends plus a review of cannabis filings since legalization," 21st Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia), February 2, 2024.


Selected Publications

Co-Author, "In the Weeds: A Quantitative Summary of Canadian Cannabis Insolvency Filings from Legalization to 2023," Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2023.

Co-Author, "In re: The Hacienda Company, LLC – The Budding Change in U.S. Bankruptcy Law Starts to Flower," Aird & Berlis LLP Financial Services Flash, November 22, 2023.

Co-Author, "BioSteel Files for Creditor Protection: Will the Budding Change in U.S. Bankruptcy Law Bloom?" Aird & Berlis LLP Financial Services Flash, September 21, 2023.

Co-Author, "In re: The Hacienda Company, LLC – A Budding Change in Bankruptcy Law for Cannabis Companies?" Aird & Berlis LLP Financial Services Flash, June 12, 2023.


  • JD, University of Toronto, 2021
  • BA, Development Economics and International Development, McGill University, 2017