Nygard lawyers ask judge to end companies' receivership

The lawyers representing a group of companies owned by Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard want their receivership discharged.

$66 million in debts repaid after third party started selling off assets: lawyer

A receiver was appointed in March 2020 to take control of the assets of nine Nygard companies. Lawyers for those companies say the debts have been repaid, and that they should no longer be under receivership. (Vera-Lynn Kubinec/CBC)

Lawyers representing a group of companies owned by Winnipeg fashion mogul Peter Nygard say their clients' debt has been paid and are asking Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench to discharge the receiver.

A receiver — which is an independent third party — is appointed to take possession of a company's assets and sell them off so the business' creditors can be paid.

Richter Advisory Group has been in control of nine Nygard companies since it was appointed by the court in March to recoup a loan worth more than $25 million US owed to American lenders White Oak Commercial Finance and Second Avenue Capital Partners.

Toronto based lawyer Fred Tayar, one of the lawyers who represents the Nygard companies, summarized his arguments to a Winnipeg Court of Queen's Bench judge on Nov. 9.

He said the lenders have received roughly $66 million.

"It's unclear to me how much more ... needs to be paid," he said, pointing out that White Oak Commercial Finance has been paid in full.

Two Nygard properties have been sold under receivership: the Toronto headquarters on Niagara street and a property in Winnipeg on Notre Dame Avenue.

"The aggregate proceeds of these sales were approximately $19.6 million, which sum has been paid to the Lenders," the brief filed with the court reads.

Tayar said Nygard Properties Ltd. also wants to inject $1 million in cash to "sweeten the deal" for the unsecured creditors.

Lawyers for Nygard's companies are questioning the receiver for its proposed selling of the Inkster property. They want the court to not allow the sale, or the sale of any other assets. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Court heard the Inkster property is also pending sale. Tayar argued the receiver had the authority to look for offers and get a realty broker, but doesn't have the authorization to negotiate, accept and firm up a sale.

He pointed out that Nygard Properties Ltd. is solvent, has many assets and no creditors. As the sole owner of the Inkster property, it does not want its property "disposed of," Tayar said.

Tayar is asking the court to deny the Inkster sale, and wants to see an unredacted copy of the proposed purchase. Lawyers for the Nygard companies are also asking the court to not approve the sale of any more properties.

In the accompanying brief, Nygard companies' lawyers argue the receiver has been paid $7 million. They called the fees it's charged as "excessive," and vowed to challenge them.

Arguments are expected to continue on Friday morning, when some of Nygard's landlords are set to speak.


Marina von Stackelberg is a senior reporter currently working for CBC's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. She previously worked as a reporter and host in Winnipeg, with earlier stints in Halifax and Sudbury. Her stories regularly appear across the country on CBC Radio and CBC News Network. Connect with her by email at or on social media @CBCMarina.

With files from Caroline Barghout