Maurice Chiasson, QC

Partner

“I learned long ago that clients do not want “no” lawyers. Clients are looking for a solution - even if it may not be the one they started with. It is our job to find their solution.”

Stretch goals, realized.

Maurice’s clients are often involved in complex, time-sensitive financing transactions and, over the years, he has built up a significant bank of experience. As a result, Maurice is able to help his clients achieve their goals, while at the same time making a positive contribution to his clients and their businesses.

Representative matters

Maurice works with lending institutions, government agencies, large service firms and large manufacturers on a wide variety of issues. His work has included:
  • Representing the Province of Nova Scotia in relation to the bankruptcy/receivership of Trentonworks Limited and the sale of assets to DSME Trenton Ltd.
  • Representing High Liner Foods Inc. in connection with syndicated financing with the Royal Bank of Canada.
  • Representing the Province of Nova Scotia in connection with commercial agreements relating to the Yarmouth Ferry project
  • Representing Royal Bank of Canada in connection with receiverships for a large Nova Scotia retailer and a Nova Scotia tourist establishment
  • Representing Secunda Canada LP in connection with financing transactions with Bank of Montreal
  • Representing Crombie REIT in relation to the acquisition of various commercial properties and the financing of a significant portion of the portfolio
  • Providing commodity tax advice in relation to the acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway
  • Acted on several recent CCAA matters for Royal Bank of Canada, other lenders and creditors

Areas of practice

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Commodity Tax/Customs
  • Asset/Equipment Finance & Leasing
  • Banking
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation – Commodity Tax

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 1989

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Dalhousie University (B.A., 1984)
Dalhousie University (LL.B., M.B.A., 1988)

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

2008

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Associate Member, Canadian Progress Club
  • Member, Sales and Commodity Tax Subsection, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Co-chair, Heroes of Hockey Event in support of Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2014 - present
  • Participant, GST-HST Leaders’ Forum, 2007 - present
  • Director, Halifax Comedy Festival Society, 2009 – present
  • Member, Canadian Insolvency Foundation, 2010-present
  • Member, Steering Committee, Amendments to the Nova Scotia Companies Act, 2002-2008
  • Member, Steering Committee, Nova Scotia, Securities Transfer Act, 2007-2010
  • Chairman, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch, 2008-2010

LANGUAGE(S)

English, French

LEXPERT RATINGS

Asset / Equipment Finance and Leasing
Banking (Including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law)
Commodity Tax / Customs
Corporate / Commercial
Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Corporate Mid-Market

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EXTERNAL RATINGS

  • Recipient, Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, 2016
  • Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, 2008-2010, 2013-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2012-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Tax Law, 2011-2018
  • Lexpert/American Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2008 & 2009

Presentations

  • October 2, 2015, presenter, Recent Developments in Contractual Interpretation, CLHIA 2015 Legal Section Annual Meeting
  • April 28, 2015, presenter, Dealing with CRA - Remedies and Enforcement: "So You Owe CRA Money...", GST Leaders' Forum 2015
  • November 19, 2014, presenter, Personal Property Security Act - A Primer
  • November 14, 2014, co-presenter, Secured Transactions: Your GSA May Not Cover Everything, CBA session
  • October 16, 2014, presenter, Personal Property Security Act - A Primer
  • October 16, 2014, presenter, Overview of Directors' Liability, CPA New Brunswick
  • October 16, 2014, presenter, Crown Claims and Other Statutory Priority Claims, CPA New Brunswick
  • October 16, 2014, presenter, Perfection of Security Interests (Key Issues), CPA New Brunswick
  • November 21, 2013, presenter, Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Business, presented to Annapolis Valley Dental Society
  • September 19, 2013, presenter, Top Ten Ways to Safeguard Your Assets, Burnside Business Series - Ramada Dartmouth
  • September 12 - 13, 2013, presenter, Tax School, Delta Barrington
  • March 6, 2013, co-presenter, Your Business, Your Legacy, RBC Business Seminar Series
  • February 21, 2013, co-presenter, Asset Protection: Are the Family Jewels Really Safe?, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners - Atlantic video conference

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3300
F 902.420.1417
C 902.452.8626

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Wendy L. MacIsaac

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