Don Bell

Don Bell

Partner
New York: 212.880.6118
Toronto: 416.865.8118
Fax 212.682.0200

Education

LLB, 1993
University of British Columbia
BA, 1988
University of Saskatchewan
Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan)
1985-1987

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2006 British Columbia, 1994 New York, 1994

Overview

Don's practice focuses on commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. In addition to advising on commercial transactions, Don provides ongoing general business law advice to corporations and financial institutions carrying on business in North America.  Don is fluent in Japanese, and worked for several years for a Japanese electronics manufacturer and a business consulting company after studying in Japan during his high school and university years. His business experience is reflected in the practical and service-oriented business counsel he provides.

His experience includes advising on:

  • inbound foreign investment;
  • business mergers, acquisitions and sales;
  • commercial lending, project finance, private financing and securitization;
  • natural resource projects including mining and pulp and paper;
  • energy projects including natural gas, wind, solar, biomass and coal;
  • private utility projects including water, waste-water, district energy and electrical distribution;
  • manufacturing and distribution;
  • transportation and social infrastructure projects;
  • limited partnerships and joint ventures; and
  • general corporate counsel.

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Recognition

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Ontario, corporate/commercial (2016-2017)

Legal Media Group/Euromoney's IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Rising star in project finance and M&A (2017)

Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A in Canada and Japan (2012-2016)

American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Don was a member of a prominent Canadian law firm, where he was a member of the firm’s elected national Executive Committee and a founding partner in the firm’s Tokyo office.

Don also provides advice to a number of not-for-profit organizations including Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet.

Directorships

The Japan Society Director, National Nikkei Heritage Centre Society (2001 - 2005)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry
  • The Japan Society