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
  • September 27 - 28, 2011, presenter, Fair Market Value under the Excise Tax Act "What's Fairness Got to Do with Anything?", 2011 CICA Commodity Tax Symposium

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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Wendy L. MacIsaac

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