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Frank Spizzirri, C.S.

Counsel


T: 416.862.8329
E: frank.spizzirri@audaxlaw.com


membership

Law Society of Upper Canada

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

National Creditors Bar Association

education

Year of Call: 1995 (ON)

Law Society of Ontario, C.S. I Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law

Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, LL.M. I Masters in Tax Law, Executive Program

University of Ottawa Law School, LL.B. Cum Laude I English Common Law Program

University of Toronto, B.A. With Distinction I Political Science and History

PROFILE

Frank is counsel to AUDAXLAW. His practice is centred upon corporate advice, restructurings, debt recovery and dispute resolution. The corporate advisory work includes advising shareholders and directors on such matters as directors’ and officers’ liability and insurance, shareholder disputes, corporate financings, and risk management. His insolvency and restructuring experience includes acting for debtors seeking to restructure their business and operations, acting for insolvency professionals, and acting for creditors seeking recovery. Frank has extensive experience in debt recovery litigation, overturning fraudulent transactions, and shareholder disputes, as well as complex commercial matters. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in bankruptcy and insolvency law.

Frank is a prolific writer and speaker. He has spoken at and chaired many programs on bankruptcy and insolvency, debt recovery and commercial litigation in Canada and the United States. He has written numerous articles on insolvency and debt recovery and has published a book on Canadian insolvency law through the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI).

Frank was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. He is the current vice-Chair of the Insolvency Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a past Chair of the Insolvency Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Frank is the education director and newsletter editor for the International Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute as well as a coordinating editor for its monthly Journal. He is also a member of the National Creditors Bar Association. Frank is fluent in English and Italian.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Professional Activities

Frank has been an active member of the law communities in Canada and across the border. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Insolvency Law Section at the Canadian Bar Association; in the past, he was also the Treasurer and Secretary. He is a Member at Large of the Ontario Bar Association where he previously served as Newsletter Editor as well as Vice-Chair, Past-Chair and Chair of the organization’s Insolvency Law Section. Since joining the American Bankruptcy Institute in 2014, Frank has been a contributing editor to its monthly Journal magazine as well as a member of its Newsletter Editor International Committee; in the past he held other positions including Past Education Co-Ordinator, Past Newsletter Editor and member of the Commercial Fraud Committee.

 

Speaking Engagements

CBA National Insolvency Law Conference, Chicago
Co-Chair, September 2016

Annual Cross-Country Legal Update – CBA Pan-Canadian Insolvency Law Conference, Quebec City
Speaker and Author, October 2014

The Essential Update on Insolvency Law – OBA Insolvency Law Section Program
Co-Chair and Speaker, June 2014

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Receivership Essentials – LSUC
Speaker and Co-Author, March 2014

Critical Developments in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law- OBA Institute
Speaker and Co-Author, February 2014

 

Articles

The International Insolvency Review (4th Ed.)
Co-Author, Canada Chapter, September 2016

Federal Paramountcy in Canada: Bankruptcy Laws Trump Provincial Debt Collection Laws (ABI Journal magazine)
Author, April 2016 issue

Chasing Fraudsters in Canada – A Very Brief Primer (ABI Commercial Fraud Committee)
Author, December 2015

The View From Up North: The Collapse of Commodity Prices and the Impact on the Western Canadian Economy (ABI International Committee Newsletter)
Author, October 2015

Filing in “Your Home” Country Doesn’t Mean You Will Get Instant Recognition in Canada: The Wolfridge Lodge Ltd. Saga (ABI International Committee Newsletter)
Author, October 2015