“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 highly regarded for his expertise in providing creative solutions for clients navigating – or seeking to avoid altogether – distressed circumstances. David has extensive experience in cross-border matters, and his practice focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency, proposals, windups, liquidations, reorganizations, restructurings, receiverships and security enforcement, and on corporate governance issues in distressed circumstances.
David is regularly engaged on commercial financing, private equity and M&A transactions. He is a trusted advisor to a wide range of parties, including leading corporations, financial institutions, distressed investors and professional services/business advisory firms. David is a member of the firm’s Finance Committee.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (2016-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law (2010-2019)
Legal Media Group/Euromoney’s IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading lawyer in restructuring and insolvency (2008-2013, 2017-2019), banking (2016-2019), financial restructuring (2016-2019)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in insolvency and financial restructuring (2016-2019)
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 (2016-2018)
Benchmark Litigation – “Litigation Star, Insolvency” in Canada (2014-2018)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency ("technically brilliant"; “knows everything there is to know about insolvency”) (2008-2018)
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: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Up-and-coming lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (2006-2007)
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 been published extensively, including: (i) he is the author of Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law for Commercial Tenancies (LexisNexis); (ii) he is a contributing author to Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Bankruptcy and Insolvency; (iii) he 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; and (iv) he has served as a member of the editorial board and contributing author to the Canadian Commercial Law Guide published by CCH Canadian.
Memberships and Affiliations
David has been involved with the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC), the International Insolvency Institute (III) "Next Gen" Leadership Program (Class I), the Canadian Insolvency Foundation (CIF), the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) "Next Gen" Leadership Program, as well as being a member of the Insolvency Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Additionally, he was the Past Director, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Education, Newsmaker and Sponsorship Committees for the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).