David is one of Canada’s leading insolvency lawyers. He brings highly experienced counsel in insolvency and restructuring mandates, with a focus on creative solutions and practical perspective for clients navigating distressed circumstances.
As the head of Torys’ Corporate Restructuring and Advisory Practice, David regularly advises across all aspects of bankruptcy, proposals, wind-ups, liquidations, reorganizations, restructurings, receiverships and security enforcement, and advises boards of directors on corporate governance issues in distressed circumstances. He has extensive expertise in plenary and ancillary cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters, and brings a wealth of experience to commercial financing, private equity and M&A transactions.
David’s long track record as corporate and litigation counsel to a wide range of parties—leading corporations, financial institutions, distressed investors and accounting firms—gives him a nuanced perspective of stakeholder interests on large, complex insolvency and restructuring transactions, helping clients navigate challenges and advance their business objectives.
One client enthused: he is ‘technically brilliant’ and ‘knows everything there is to know about insolvency.’
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency
The Legal 500—Leading lawyer in restructuring and insolvency
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in restructuring & insolvency and financial restructuring
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (insolvency)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in insolvency and financial restructuring
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in financial restructuring
Who’s Who Legal—Most highly regarded Canadian lawyer in insolvency and restructuring
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most frequently recommended in insolvency
Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40
As a leading practitioner, David is sought after as a speaker 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 is the author of Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law for Commercial Tenancies (LexisNexis) and 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 past or present member of numerous legal and professional organizations in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency law, including the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC); Turnaround Management Association (TMA) – Past Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Newsmaker Committee, Education Committee, Networking Committee, and a member of Symposium 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; and Insolvency Section, Ontario Bar Association.