On May 1,2020, by Order (the “Appointing Receiver Order”) of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the “Court”), A. Farber & Partners Inc. (“Farber”) was appointed as receiver and manager (the “Receiver”), pursuant to section 243(1) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-3, as amended (the “BIA”) and section 101 of the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43, as amended, without security, of certain of the assets, undertakings and properties of Pure Global Cannabis Inc., Puresinse Inc., 237A Advance Inc., 237B Advance Inc., SPRQ Health Group and The Great Canadian Hemp Company, Ltd. (defined as the “Debtors” or “Pure Global Group”) acquired for, or used in relation to a business carried on by the Debtors, including all proceeds thereof, but not the Excluded Assets or Excluded Undertakings (collectively, the “Property”).
On March 19, 2020 the Pure Global Group sought and obtained an Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) granting relief under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”). Ernst & Young Inc. was appointed as Monitor of the Debtors during these CCAA proceedings (“EY” or the “Monitor”).
The CCAA process is continuing at this time. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Initial Order in the CCAA Proceeding dated April 3, 2020, Pure Global was required to arrange for the orderly, expeditious and lawful disposition or destruction of its cannabis or cannabis products in compliance with applicable law. That process is to continue and the CCAA Proceeding remains in place until further Order of the Court. The Pure Global Group CCAA case web site can be viewed at: https://documentcentre.eycan.com/Pages/Main.aspx?SID=2489
The Appointing Receivership Order attached below.
On October 13, 2020 the Receiver will be seeking an Order for the following relief:
1. An Order (the “Administration Order”), substantially in the form attached at Tab 3 of this Motion Record, among other things:
- terminating the CCAA proceedings and discharging Ernst & Young Inc., in its capacity as monitor of the Respondents (the “Monitor”);
- terminating the CCAA Charges (as defined in the Initial CCAA Order) once all amounts owing and secured by the CCAA Charges have been paid in full;
- directing Health Canada to revoke the Cannabis License within ten days upon written notice by the Receiver (as such date may be further extended by the Receiver in writing);
- approving the Monitor’s activities as described in the First Report of the Monitor dated April 1, 2020, the Second Report of the Monitor dated April 21, 2020 and Third Report of the Monitor, to be filed, 2020 (the “Third Monitor’s Report”);
- approving the fees of the Monitor and its counsel, as described in the Third Monitor’s Report;
- approving the Receiver’s interim receipts and disbursements (the “Interim R&D”), for the period between May 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020, as described in the First Report; and,
- approving the fees and disbursements of the Receiver and its counsel, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP, and the Receiver’s activities as described in the First Report.
2. An Order (the “Approval and Vesting Order”), substantially in the form attached at Tab 4 of this Motion Record, among other things:
- approving the asset purchase agreement dated September 8, 2020 (the “Asset Purchase Agreement”) between the Receiver and 2423454 Ontario Inc. (the “Purchaser”) approving the sale of the property at 237A Advance Blvd Brampton (“237A”);
- vesting the 237A Property in the Purchaser in accordance with the Asset Purchase Agreement;
- authorizing the distribution of certain of the sale proceeds to 2056707 Ontario Inc. in satisfaction of its secured claim against the 237A Property, after payment of the 237A Priority Payables;
- authorizing the distribution of certain of the sale proceeds to the DIP Lender, the Monitor, its counsel, and the Respondents’ counsel for amounts secured by the DIP Charge and the Administration Charge, respectively, plus the fees of the Monitor and its counsel incurred after the date of the Receivership Order; and
- sealing Confidential Appendices “1”, “2”, “3” and “4”.
The full particulars regarding this requested relief is set out below in the Motion Record dated October 6, 2020 and the First Report of the Receiver.
The requested relief was granted and the Approval and Vesting Order dated October 13, 2020 (among other matters approving the sale of 237A Advance Blvd), the Administration Order dated October 13, 2020 and Endorsement of Justice Hainey of the same date are posted below.
JANUARY 7, 2021 MOTION
The Receiver has scheduled a motion to be heard on January 7, 2021 with the purpose of that hearing set out below and further detailed particulars set out in its Second Report dated December 24, 2020 (the “Second Report”). Among other matters the Receiver is seeking the following relief:
- an Order (the “Approval and Vesting Order”), inter alia:
- approving the transactions (the “Transactions”) entered into pursuant to the asset purchase agreement dated November 26, 2020 (the “APA”) between the Receiver and TS Pharmaceutical Ltd. (the “Purchaser”) whereby the Purchaser will purchase the 237B Property and substantially all of the equipment of PureSinse (the “PureSinse Assets”) (the “Asset Transaction”) and the share purchase agreement dated December 23, 2020 (the “SPA”) between the Receiver and the Purchaser, whereby the Purchaser will purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares of PureSinse, which are owned by Pure Global (the “Share Transaction”);
- authorizing the Receiver to take all steps necessary to complete the Transactions;
- vesting in the Purchaser all right, title and interest in and to the assets purchased in respect of the Asset Transaction upon closing of the Asset Transaction;
- vesting in the Purchaser all right, title and interest in and to all outstanding common shares of PureSinse (the “Shares”) upon closing of the Share Transaction;
- adding a corporation to be incorporated (“ResidualCo”) prior to the closing of the Share Transaction as a debtor company to these receivership proceedings in order to effectuate the Share Transaction, and amending the style of cause of these proceedings to reflect ResidualCo as a Respondent thereto;
- removing PureSinse as a Respondent to these proceedings, and amending the style of cause in these proceedings accordingly, upon closing of the Share Transaction;
- channeling all of PureSinse’s right, title and interest in and to the Excluded Assets, the Excluded Contracts and the Excluded Liabilities (each as defined in the SPA) to ResidualCo;
- authorizing the Receiver to make the following distributions from the sale proceeds arising from the sale of the 237B Property (collectively, the “237B Priority Payables”):
- first, to pay the closing costs associated with the Asset Transaction;
- second, $500,000 (plus applicable interest and costs) to the DIP Lender in respect of the portion of the DIP Lender’s Charge applicable to the 237B Property;
- third, in repayment of the 237B Fees and the amount of the General Fees (each term as defined below) allocated to the 237B Property;
- fourth, in repayment of the Receiver’s Borrowings of $500,000 (plus interest and costs); and
- fifth, to Kozo in satisfaction of their secured claims against the 237B Property up to the maximum amount of $2,250,000, plus interest and costs, for an aggregate amount estimated to be approximately $2,588,022;
- sealing Confidential Appendices 1, 2 and 3;
- approving the Receiver’s interim receipts and disbursements (the “Interim R&D”) for the period from May 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020, as described in this Second Report; and
- approving the activities and fees and disbursements of the Receiver and its counsel, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP, as described in this Second Report;
- an Order (the “Claims Process Order”) approving the proposed claims procedure to identify and determine the claims of certain creditors against 237A and 237B.
- an Order (the “Approval and Vesting Order”), inter alia:
Please see the detailed Motion Record and Second Court Report (without appendices) set out below.
The requested relief was granted and the Approval and Vesting Order dated January 7, 2021, the Claim Process Order dated January 7, 2021 and Endorsement of Justice Hainey of the same date are posted below.
JANUARY 25, 2021 MOTION
TS Pharmaceutical Ltd. (the “Purchaser”) scheduled a motion to be heard on January 25, 2021. The Receiver filed its Third Report dated January 22, 2021 (the “Third Report”), among other things, to:
- respond to the motion of the Purchaser returnable on January 25, 2021 (for which no Notice of Motion or draft order was ever provided) and the Affidavit of Saraubh Singhal sworn January 22, 2021 (the “Singhal Affidavit”) in connection therewith;
- provide evidence to the court in relation to the disputed matters outlined herein;
- seek the Court’s endorsement directing the Purchaser to close the asset transaction contemplated by the APA forthwith and in any case, by no later than February 10, 2021; and
- in the event that the Purchaser fails to close on or before February 10, 2021, schedule an immediate motion for a declaration that the Purchaser has forfeited the Deposit pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement dated November 26, 2020.
The Third Report of the Receiver is posted below.
Claims Process for 237A Advance Inc., and 237B Advance Inc.
On January 7, 2020, by Court Order (the “Claims Process Order”), the Court authorized the Receiver to implement a claims process (“Claims Process”) for two legal entities namely 237A Advance Inc. (“237A”)., or 237B Advance Inc. (“237B”). These were special purpose entities set up to hold two properties, 237A Advance Boulevard, Brampton and 237A Advance Boulevard, Brampton respectively.
If you believe you are a creditor of 237A or 237B please continue reading this notice and the below referenced information. If you are a creditor of any of the other Pure Global entities listed above, this notice and claims process does not apply to you.
All creditors of 237A and 237B are required to submit a Proof of Claim to A. Farber & Partners Inc., on or before 5:00 p.m. February 8, 2021 (the “Claims Bar Date”).
CLAIMS WHICH ARE NOT RECEIVED BY THE CLAIMS BAR DATE WILL BE BARRED AND EXTINGUISHED FOREVER.
Attached below are the following:
- A Notice to Claims
- Proof of Claim form
- And various other forms that maybe required
- A copy of the Claims Process Order
If you have any other queries regarding this Claims Process please contact the Receiver by telephone at 416-496-3764 or by email to James Sacoransky at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Liu at 437-317-6056 or email@example.com.
The Receiver is offering the Debtors’ assets and properties for sale. Included in the sale are:
- Land and buildings located at:
- 237A Advance Blvd, Brampton, ON
- 237B Advance Blvd, Brampton, ON
- Cannabis production and processing equipment
Please note that an agreement of purchase has been entered into for 237A which is subject to Court Approval on October 13, 2020
For the remaining property and assets, interested parties are invited to contact the Receiver’s listing agent:
Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (Ontario) Inc.
For enquires, please contact:
The case updates and court filed documents on this website are for information purposes only and you should consult your financial or legal adviser if you have any questions or concerns about your rights or obligations. Additional updates on the status of these proceedings may become available in the future.
- Motion Record re Increase in DIP Facility and Stay Extension, dated April 21, 2020
- Monitor’s Motion Record re Approval of Activities, dated April 23, 2020
- Responding Motion Record of MMCAP International Inc., dated April 23, 2020
- Affidavit of Christel Paul, dated April 23, 2020
- Summary of Arguments of the Objecting Secured Creditors, dated April 23, 2020
- Motion Record, dated October 6, 2020, returnable October 13, 2020
- Motion Record, dated December 24, 2020, returnable January 7, 2021
- Factum of the Receiver dated January 4, 2021
- Affidavit of Saurabh Singhal sworn January 22, 2021
Court Orders & Endorsements
- Order of Justice Hainey, dated May 1, 2020
- Endorsement of Justice Hainey, dated May 1, 2020
- Approval and Vesting Order dated October 13, 2020
- Administration Order dated October 13, 2020
- Endorsement of Justice Hainey dated October 13, 2020
- Approval and Vesting Order dated January 7, 2021
- Claims Process Order dated January 7, 2021
- Endorsement of Hainey J. dated January 7, 2021
- First Report of the Court-Appointed Receiver (without appendices), dated October 6, 2020
- Second Report of the Court-Appointed Receiver (without appendices), dated December 24, 2020
- Supplement to the Second Report of the Court-Appointed Receiver, dated January 6, 2021
- Third Report of the Court-Appointed Receiver (without appendices), dated January 22, 2021
- Notice to Claimants
- Proof of Claim
- Dispute Notice
- Notice of Revision or Disallowance of Claim
- Claims Process Order dated January 7, 2021