Bob is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost insolvency practitioners in Canada and is a partner of the restructuring and litigation boutique, Thornton Grout Finnigan (TGF). Bob is named "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada for Toronto Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law. Bob is recognised as a Band 1 "leading individual" in restructuring/insolvency by Chambers Global 2018, and has been lauded as "a leading light" and "pound for pound one of the top lawyers in town". Euromoney's The Best of the Best 2016 listed Bob as one of the top five insolvency and restructuring lawyers in Canada, and has described him as "exceptional" and "the most innovative in the field". Bob is also listed as "Most Frequently Recommended" in insolvency and financial restructuring in the 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and the 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Bob is currently leading the restructuring of the largest creditor of Stelco Inc., Canada's largest integrated steel manufacturer, Coopers & Lybrand, whereby the "longest running legal saga in Canadian history" has been resolved through a powerful and creative use of the CCAA. He is currently acting for the Monitor in the restructurings of Performance Sports Group Ltd., Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation et al. and the Mobilicity Group, and is lead restructuring counsel in the successful resolution of the Hollinger CCAA. He was also recently involved as Monitor's counsel in the restructuring of AbitibiBowater and as debtor's counsel in the Fraser Papers restructuring. Other matters with leading role involvement include the reorganization of Bell Canada and Calpine (in both cases acting for bondholders), and as the lead insolvency counsel for GE Capital Aviation Services, Inc., a principal stakeholder in the restructuring of Air Canada. Other files with lead involvement have included Stelco Inc., Canada 3000, and General Publishing.
Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a Director of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and member of INSOL International, The Advocates' Society, the Toronto Lawyers' Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Canadian Insolvency Foundation and the Ontario Bar Association, insolvency section.
He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1979 and an LLB (with distinction) in 1982, both from The University of Western Ontario. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984.