Bruce Leonard is Senior Counsel in the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Group and is a veteran in the field of international insolvency. In addition, Bruce has been prominently involved for many years in many major international associations.
Bruce is the Founding Member, Chair and Director of the International Insolvency Institute, a non-profit limited-membership invitational association of leading insolvency professionals, academics and judges from over 60 countries world-wide. He is active in promoting the III’s NextGen Leadership Program, a program designed to identify the best and the brightest younger insolvency practitioners and academics in the world. Bruce served for many years as a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in relation to its work on its Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law.
Bruce is the only International Conferee of the United States National Bankruptcy Conference, an invitational association comprised of the most senior and prominent bankruptcy practitioners, academics and judges in the United States and serves as Chair of the Conference’s International Committee. He was the second Canadian to ever be elected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and served for several years on the College’s Board of Directors, as Chair of the College’s International Committee and as Chair of the College’s International Fellows Nominating Committee. He served as Chair of the International Bar Association's Committee on Insolvency and Creditors' Rights (comprising 1,200 lawyers from 80 countries); Founding Member, Chair and Director of The Insolvency Institute of Canada, a limited membership invitational organization of senior insolvency professionals in Canada established in 1990; Chair of the Insolvency Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the International Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Business Bankruptcy Committee.
Bruce is a Member of the American Law Institute where he was the Chair for Canada and Co-Reporter for Canada for the Institute’s Transnational Insolvency Project. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the ALI/International Insolvency Institute Project on Global Principles of Co-operation in International Insolvency Cases. He is a Life Patron Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and past Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Bruce serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in teaching the International Insolvency component of the University of Toronto’s Global Professional Masters of Law Program. He served as Co-Director of the LL.M. Program in Insolvency Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University which was Canada’s first graduate program in Insolvency Law. The Insolvency Institute of Canada established in Bruce’s honour the Bruce Leonard Prize in Insolvency Studies at five leading Canadian universities.
Bruce is a frequent writer and speaker on international insolvency and reorganizational topics and serves as International Editor to Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice and as a Contributing Editor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. His published books include The Guide to Commercial Insolvency in Canada (Butterworths), Current Developments in International Insolvencies and Reorganizations (Graham and Trotman) and Multinational Commercial Insolvency (American Bar Association).