David Bish

Toronto: 416.865.7353
Fax 416.865.7380


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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999


“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, wind-ups, liquidations, reorganizations, restructurings, receiverships and security enforcement, and on advising boards of directors 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.


Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (2016-2022)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in restructuring/insolvency (“technically brilliant”; “knows everything there is to know about insolvency”) (2008-2021)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in restructuring & insolvency (2021)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in restructuring & insolvency and financial restructuring (2008-2022)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Insolvency) (2014-2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law (2010-2022)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in insolvency and financial restructuring (2016-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in financial restructuring (2016-2021)

Who’s Who Legal—Most Highly Regarded Canadian lawyer in insolvency and restructuring (2019-2021)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in insolvency (2018-2019)

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

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)



Professional Involvement

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 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:

• 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