McMillan LLP partner Adam Maerov named winner the 2018 Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award  

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November 2018

McMillan LLP Calgary partner Adam Maerov was recognized as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, presented by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

“We congratulate Adam on this significant achievement,” said Wael Rostom, Co-Chair of the Firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Group.

The Heidt Award is given annually to a recipient under the age of 45 who has made a significant contribution to the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee in terms of a written publication, has demonstrated leadership potential within the ABA or the larger legal community and has displayed generosity of spirit.  

In 2005 Kathryn Heidt passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51. At the time of her death, she was the chair of the ABA Business Law Section's Business Bankruptcy Committee and was a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was an accomplished author, scholar, teacher, lawyer, and administrator. In addition to her leadership roles at the ABA, she served in leadership capacities at the American Association of Law School's Section on Creditors' and Debtors' Rights. 

Janie Tremblay, who leads the Financial Services team in Calgary, said Adam’s award win was well deserved. “Though it should be no surprise to us to have him recognized in such a way, as we reap the daily benefit of his unfaltering dedication and commitment to the leadership of our Calgary office and client service,” she said. “We are extremely proud of Adam, and honoured to count him as one of our peers.”

Adam was selected for the Heidt Memorial Award for his role as co-chair of the Model Asset Purchase Agreement Task Force, which culminated in the publication of the Model Asset Purchase Agreement for Bankruptcy Sales.  While serving as co-chair, Adam drafted significant portions of the publication, coordinated the efforts of the dozens of bankruptcy practitioners around the country (and abroad), and edited the final product.  His efforts are long-lasting, substantial, and evident throughout the Model Asset Purchase Agreement and made a valuable contribution to the ABA and the legal profession. 

In addition to his work on the Model Asset Purchase Agreement project, Adam has served as Vice Chair of the International Bankruptcy Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee, Co-Chair of the Use & Disposition of Property Subcommittee, and Liaison to the International Coordinating Committee.  He has spoken at many ABA programs over the last several years and will continue to be a leader in the ABA and is an extraordinary example of an attorney who has given back to his community through his generosity of spirit.