David Ward: Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

David Ward

Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416 869 5960

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Litigation
University University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1990; Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M., 2004
Admitted1992, Ontario

David Ward is a partner in the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Group and Commercial Litigation Group. David has a litigation emphasis to his insolvency practice, with a particular focus on creditors' rights and remedies in reorganizations and liquidations under Canada's major insolvency and corporate statutes. Building on his extensive commercial litigation background, David has significant experience advising a wide range of lenders and creditors on all aspects of commercial reorganizations in Canada.

David acted as counsel in the cross-border reorganization that involved the first application between Canada and the United States of the Committee J Cross-Border Insolvency Concordat, an initiative of the Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Committee of the International Bar Association. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous domestic and cross-border insolvencies where he has advised a wide range of stakeholders including secured creditors, debtors, and court-appointed insolvency representatives. David's creditors' remedies practice encompasses a broad range of specialties including real estate fraud, solicitor's and appraiser's negligence claims, shareholders disputes, investor fraud and injunctions.

David is a regular contributor to Restructuring & Insolvency - an annual publication from Law Business Research Ltd. published by Getting the Deal Through - and co-authored the 2013 Canada chapter. He co-authored the Partnership Bankruptcy Chapter of Partnership Law in Canada as well as the Cassels Brock reference manual titled ' Portable Insolvency Legislation in Canada'; in addition, David co-authored the insolvency chapter for the firm's Doing Business in Canada: A Practical Guide publication. He has also authored numerous shorter articles and conference papers for industry-specific groups on a range of creditors' rights and bankruptcy reform issues of current interest and is a regular presenter for the firm's Corporate Counsel seminar series.

David was invited to testify to the Senate Banking Trade and Commerce Committee in Ottawa on the reform of Canada's insolvency legislation, being one of the few outside experts invited to do so.

David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching the International Insolvency segment of the University of Toronto's Global Professional Master of Laws Program.


· Ranked as a leading lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell


· American Bar Association

· Canadian Bar Association

· International Bar Association

· Ontario Bar Association

· Toronto Lawyers Association

· Turnaround Management Association

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Canada's Cinram Manufacturing Files in CCAA

Insolvency Watch: Arctic Glacier Obtains Court Protection to Conduct Search for New Investors

Insolvency Watch: Union of Canada Life to Be Wound Up Due to Inadequate Capital and Deteriorating Finances

Insolvency Watch: Catalyst Paper Secures CCAA Protection After Negotiations with Note-Holders and Unions Fail

Insolvency Watch: Catalyst Paper Seeks US Court Protection But Will Continue Normal Operations

Insolvency Watch: Timminco Granted Court Protection in Wake of Liquidity Crisis

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

David Ward to Speak at The Food Industry Credit Bureau's 11th Annual Conference


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David Ward

40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3C2


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