David Bish

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.7353
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLB, 1997
Osgoode Hall Law School
MBA, 1997
York University
BComm (Honours), 1993
McMaster University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Overview

“Clients describe him as a ‘consensus builder—but when the time comes to push back he can be quite effective in tough negotiations.’”
- Chambers Canada

David is the head of Torys’ Corporate Restructuring and Advisory Practice and a member of the firm’s Finance Committee. He is highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcies, insolvencies, receiverships and restructurings. David is adept at providing creative solutions for clients navigating distressed circumstances (whether their own or those of another party). He has extensive experience in cross-border matters, and his practice focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy, proposals, windups, liquidations, reorganizations, restructurings, receiverships and security enforcement, and on corporate governance issues in distressed circumstances. David acts as counsel to a wide range of parties, including leading corporations, financial institutions, distressed investors and accounting firms, as well as in commercial financing, private equity and M&A transactions.

Recognition

Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (2016-2020)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (“technically brilliant”; “knows everything there is to know about insolvency”) (2008-2019)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Insolvency) (2014-2019)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law (2010-2020)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in banking, restructuring and insolvency, financial restructuring (2008-2020)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in insolvency and financial restructuring (2016-2019)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and restructuring (2019)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in insolvency (2018)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in financial restructuring (2016-2019)

Lexpert's Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (2014-2018)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring (2012-2016)

Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer?—Recommended Canadian lawyer in restructuring and insolvency (2012)

Lexpert's Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Corporate lawyer to watch (2011)

Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada's leading lawyers under 40 (2010)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global—Up-and-coming lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (2006-2007)

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Professional Involvement

David speaks regularly at conferences on insolvency and restructuring law, and has been a guest lecturer at several Canadian law schools. He has been a lecturer since 2002 at the CNIE (Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional Qualification Program [CQP] National Insolvency Examination) administered by the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP). He is a past instructor of insolvency law at the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada.

David has authored numerous articles and has contributed to various publications, including by the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC), the Canadian Bankruptcy Reports (CBRs), INSOL International and the World Bank. He is a contributing author to Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Bankruptcy and Insolvency and is a member of the editorial board and contributing author to the Canadian Commercial Law Guide published by CCH Canadian.

David is a member of numerous legal and professional organizations in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency law, including:

  • Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC)
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA) – Member of Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Education Committee and Networking Committee
  • International Insolvency Institute (III) "Next Gen" Leadership Program (Class I)
  • Canadian Insolvency Foundation (CIF)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) "Next Gen" Leadership Program
  • Insolvency Section, Ontario Bar Association