David Bish

David Bish

Toronto: 416.865.7353
Fax 416.865.7380


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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999


David Bish 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.


Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in insolvency and financial restructuring law (2010-2018)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in financial restructuring (2016-2018)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in insolvency and financial restructuring (2016-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, restructuring and insolvency (2016-2018)

Legal Media Group/Euromoney’s IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading lawyer in restructuring and insolvency (2008-2013, 2017-2018), banking (2016-2018), financial restructuring (2016-2018)

Benchmark Litigation – “Litigation Star, Insolvency” in Canada (2014-2017)

Lexpert's Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (2014-2017)

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/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)



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 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.

  • Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC)
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA) – Past Director, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Education, Newsmaker and Sponsorship Committees
  • 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