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, which is reflected in the practical and service-oriented business counsel he provides.
Don's 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.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Ontario, corporate/commercial (2016-2018)
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 (2017-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuter’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Repeatedly recommended practitioner in corporate mid-market (2018)
Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A in Canada and Japan (2012-2018)
American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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.
The Japan Society Director, National Nikkei Heritage Centre Society (2001 - 2005)
Memberships and Affiliations
Don is a part of The Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry and The Japan Society.