B.A. (Philosophy and History), Toronto, 2007; J.D., Queen’s, 2010; LL.M., Western, 2011; Ph.D. (Law), UCL, 2019; Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2012.
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Alfonso has broad interests in commercial law, with emphasis on insolvency and restructuring. His work in these areas is methodologically diverse, incorporating comparative and empirical approaches. He has been invited to present his research across Canada and in the U.K., and has been cited favourably by the superior and appellate courts of several Canadian provinces as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
Alfonso joined Western Law as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2018. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor and Catalyst Capital Fellow in Insolvency Law at Western, as well as a Research Fellow at the University of Florence for the E.U.-funded project “Contractualised Distress Resolution in the Shadow of the Law”, which informed the new European Restructuring Directive. Prior to that, he practiced commercial law in Toronto for several years.
Alfonso has consulted on commercial and insolvency law matters for the Canadian government, professional organizations, private parties, and the media. His comments on significant insolvency and restructuring cases have appeared in The Globe and Mail and CBC Radio One, among others.
Seeking graduate students in the following areas: Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, Commercial Law
with Thomas Telfer, eds., 64 Canadian Business Law Journal (2020-2021) [Special Volume: “100 Years of Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law”].
“Pre-packaged Administration and the Destruction of Value: The View from the U.K.” (2021) 64:3 Canadian Business Law Journal 342-378.
with Vern DaRe, “Bestriding the Narrow World: The Evolution of the CCAA Monitor”, in Jill Corraini and Hon. Blair Nixon, eds., Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2020 (Thomson Reuters, 2021 and 2020 CanLIIDocs 3595) 224-253.
“Reorganizations, Sales, and the Changing Face of Restructuring in Canada: Quantitative Outcomes of 2012 and 2013 CCAA Proceedings” (2019) 42:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 371-396 [Special Issue: Emerging Business Law Scholars].
with Vern DaRe, “The Trouble with Pre-Packs”, in Janis P. Sarra et al., eds., Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2018 (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019) 621-640.
“Asset Sales and Secured Creditor Control in Restructuring: A Comparison of the UK, US and Canadian Models” (2017) 26:1 International Insolvency Review 60-81 [2015 Ian Strang Founders’ Award from INSOL International for best paper by an early career researcher].
“The History of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Future of Restructuring Law in Canada” (2014) 56:1 Canadian Business Law Journal 73-103.
“Is ‘Corporate Rescue’ Working in Canada?” (2013) 53:3 Canadian Business Law Journal 382-406.
“Asset Sales Under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Failure of Section 36” (2012) 52:2 Canadian Business Law Journal 226-247.
“Bankruptcy: Commencement and Consequences” in Stephanie Ben-Ishai & Thomas G.W. Telfer, eds., Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law in Canada: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2019).
“Property” in Stephanie Ben-Ishai & Thomas G.W. Telfer, eds., Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law in Canada: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2019).
“Priorities and Distribution” in Stephanie Ben-Ishai & Thomas G.W. Telfer, eds., Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law in Canada: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2019).
“Canada” in Jason Chuah and Eugenio Vaccari, eds., Treatment of Executory Contracts in Insolvency Law: A Global Guide (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019).
with Rizwaan Mokal and Nigel Balmer, Contractualised Distress Resolution in the Shadow of the Law: United Kingdom National Findings (European Commission, 2018).
with Vern DaRe, “The Inconvenient Act: Letters of Credit and Landlord Rights in Bankruptcy” (2021) 36:2 Banking and Finance Law Review 303-322.
“Ipso Facto Clauses and the Limits of Freedom of Contract in Insolvency: Capital Steel v Chandos Construction” (2019) 62:3 Canadian Business Law Journal 337-350.
Book ReviewsLouise Gullifer and Orkun Akseli, eds., Secured Transactions Law Reform: Principles, Policies and Practice (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016), (2018) 33:3 Banking and Finance Law Review 421-424.