Don Bell

Don Bell

New York: 212.880.6118
Toronto: 416.865.8118
Fax 212.682.0200


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

Bar Admissions

British Columbia, 1994 Ontario, 2006 New York, 1994


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.

Representative Work

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Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A in Canada and Japan (2012-2021)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Rising star in project finance and M&A (2017-2022)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions law (2022)

American Lawyer Magazine—Top Rated Lawyer (2019)

Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Ontario, corporate/commercial (2016-2018)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Repeatedly recommended practitioner in corporate mid-market (2018)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell—Recommended lawyer in International Business Law (2021)



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.


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

Memberships and Affiliations

Don a member of The Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry, and the Japan Societies of Toronto and New York.