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145 King Street West, Suite 2200 | Toronto, Ontario | M5H 4G2 | 416 362 3711

Kenneth L. Kallish *


p: (416) 369-4124
f: (416) 864-9223

* Partner through Professional Corporation

Client Services

Core Specialties

  • Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and/or Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code
  • Debt Restructuring
  • Debtor and Creditor Rights
  • Design and Negotiate Refinancing and Restructuring Agreements
  • Financial Reorganizations
  • Forbearance Agreements
  • Insolvency
  • Personal Property Security Act
  • Secured Transactions
  • Cross Border Insolvencies
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Ken is a ​partner in the Business Law and ​Financial Services groups. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of banking and insolvency law, debtor/creditor rights, financial reorganization and restructuring, and secured financing transactions. His clients include many of the stakeholders affected by or involved in formal and informal insolvency proceedings and financial restructuring, including lenders, debtors, suppliers and other trade creditors, landlords, property managers, trustees in bankruptcy, and private and court-appointed receivers, monitors, and other Court appointed officers. Ken has also been involved in many cross-border insolvency proceedings, and has acted for Chapter 11 unsecured creditor committees in the context of Canadian insolvency proceedings.

Much of Ken’s work is on the creditor side. Working with banks and other lenders, Ken understands that the best way for his clients to protect and enhance their position is to work, whenever possible, with the debtor to restructure the lending and security arrangements for the benefit of all stakeholders. Ken is recognized in the lending industry for his ability to creatively navigate through complex files, such as those involving fraud, shareholder/family disputes, and inter-creditor priority issues. Industries that Ken has been involved in include financial, media and entertainment, golf courses, jewelry, trucking, building, real estate, hi tech, medical, and auto and other manufacturing sectors.

Ken is very interested in the non-billable side of running a law firm. He has served on many Minden Gross committees including Credit and Marketing. Additionally, Ken served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Meritas for six years, prior to serving as chairman from 2007 to 2009. From 2011 to 2013, Ken once again served on the Executive Committee of Meritas, as a Vice Chair, and Chair of the Ad hoc Governance Committee. Meritas honoured Ken's commitment by awarding him the prestigious Grahovac Award in 2014.

During his high school and university days, Ken drove a taxi in New York City and played the keyboard in a rock and roll band. Ken has traveled extensively for business and pleasure, and has lived in a number of different regions. Now his travels are a bit more leisurely and often spent exploring wineries throughout the world.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Management Turnaround Association
  • INSOL International
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

Boards and Memberships

  • Meritas, Former Board Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Former Instructor of Bar Admission Course (Business Law)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Former Member, Executive Committee of the Insolvency Section and Past Program Co-ordinator

Recent Publications

Additional Publications


  • "A Behavioural Science and Legal Analysis of Access to the Child in the Post-Separation/Divorce Family", 1981, 13 Ottawa Law Review 215
  • "Current Controversies Concerning Condonation", 1980, 3 Family Law Review 157
  • "The Welfare of the Best Interest of the Child: Substantive Criteria to be Applied in Custody Dispositions Made Pursuant to the Divorce Act", Payne's Digest on Divorce Canada 83-1201
  • "Purchase of Assets from a Receiver and Manager" - presented to the Canadian Bar Association, September 1988
  • "Environmental Law and Lender Realization: A Toxic Dilemma" - presented to the Canadian Bar Association, 1991
  • "Enhancing the Rights of Unpaid Vendors: Improving Their Prospects of Getting Paid" - presented to the Canadian Bar Association, November 1994
  • "Golf Course Restructuring: A Business and Legal Perspective", Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Vol. 8, No. 6, August 1996 (Co-Authored)

Kenneth L. Kallish *


T: (416) 369-4124
F: (416) 864-9223
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* Partner through Professional Corporation


  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1983
  • University of Ottawa – LLB (cum laude), 1981
  • University of Maryland – Masters of Social Work, 1977
  • Queen’s College - Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Communications), 1975

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Terri Hachey
p: (416) 369-4301 x1261

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