Nortel Announces Expanded Powers of Monitor under CCAA: Boards of Directors and Executive Officers Resign

Published on: November 13, 2012

October 3, 2012 

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 3, 2012) - Nortel(1) Networks Corporation (NNC) (OTCBB:NRTLQ) announced today that Ernst & Young Inc., the court-appointed monitor (Monitor) in Nortel’s creditor protection proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), obtained an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Order) further extending the Monitor’s powers by authorizing and empowering (but not obligating) the Monitor to exercise any powers which may be properly exercised by a board of directors of NNC, its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited and its other Canadian subsidiaries that filed for creditor protection under the CCAA (Applicants).

This follows Nortel’s announcement on August 9, 2012 that the Monitor, after taking into account several factors arising from the advanced stage of the CCAA proceedings, had determined the expense and resources required to comply with NNC and NNL’s quarterly and annual public reporting requirements could no longer be justified from the standpoint of the best interest of their creditors. Consequently, NNC and NNL will discontinue preparing and filing quarterly and annual financial statements and all other periodic disclosure documents under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws effective as of the filing deadlines for their third quarter reporting obligations, being November 14, 2012 in the United States and November 29, 2012 in Canada.

As indicated in the August 9, 2012 announcement, the Boards of Directors and executive officers including the Chief Financial Officer of NNC, NNL and the other Applicants have resigned effective today, upon the issuance of the Order. Two of these former executive officers will continue as employees of NNL and pursuant to the Order are designated authorized representatives of each of the Applicants to act on behalf of the Applicants for the continued day-to-day operation of the Applicants, solely as the Monitor may direct. The principal remaining activities include completion of the creditor claims processes, resolution of the sale proceeds allocation dispute and approval and implementation of a plan of arrangement.

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