Bankrupt tenant: Can a landlord draw on a letter of credit after the trustee disclaims the lease?

In 7636156 Canada Inc. (Re), the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the right of a commercial landlord to draw on a letter of credit given as security pursuant to a lease, even when the draw takes place after the termination of the lease by the tenant’s trustee in bankruptcy.

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