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David is a key lawyer in the forestry and forest products industry who is highly regarded for "advising many of the players in the space" as business and M&A counsel. He garners high praise from his clients, one source commenting: "He is extremely hard-working, client-focused and technically sound. His style is highly collaborative, as he works hard to understand our goals and objectives."

- Chambers Canada, 2019 Guide

David practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial and corporate finance and securities law. David has extensive experience focused on advising private and public company clients on transactional and corporate commercial matters, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, as well as corporate governance issues. He works with clients at all stages of development, from senior public companies to startups and entrepreneurs, and represents clients across a variety of industries, including forestry, services and technology. 

Professional Activities

  • World Services Group: Member - Board of Directors (current); North American Regional Council Chair (previously)
  • International Bar Association, Member
  • Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Editorial Board Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Chambers Canada 2020: recognized in the Corporate/Commercial (British Columbia) and Agribusiness: Forestry (Canada)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2020: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2019: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Chambers Canada 2019: recognized in the Corporate/Commercial (British Columbia) and Agribusiness: Forestry (Canada)
  • Lexpert / ROB Special Edition 2019: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
    • Most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Corporate Commercial law 
    • Consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Corporate Mid-Market law
    • Consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions 2018
  • Lexpert / ROB Special Edition 2018: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2017
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leadng US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in
  • Lexpert / ROB Special Edition 2017: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Canada: recognized for Corporate Commercial 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leadng US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions 2016 
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate Commercial law
  • Lexpert/ ROB Special Edition 2016: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Lexpert/ ROB Special Edition 2015: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2014: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Lexpert/ ROB Special Edition 2014: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2013: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Lexpert/ ROB Special Edition 2013: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2012: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2011: recognized for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated

Experience

Experience

David has represented and worked closely with significant businesses in a variety of industries, including forestry, technology, and services, as well as with emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs. Major representative transactional work includes the sale and purchase of numerous large scale manufacturing and processing operations and businesses; multi jurisdictional structured sale transactions; private equity and venture capital investments; convertible debt financings; early stage financings and corporate restructuring transactions and proceedings.

Recent representative experience includes advising:

  • A public technology company in its sale of North American divisional assets
  • A public technology company on the sale of international divisional assets
  • Multiple tranche private placement transactions and corporate reorganization for a private agri-tech company
  • A multinational public company on the acquisition of industrial and service assets in Alberta and British Columbia
  • A private European manufacturer of a BC based technology company
  • A multinational large private equity firm on the acquisition of a Western Canadian consumer products company
  • A private company on the sale of its BC marina assets
  • Advising an internationally based client on its sale of a its Western Canadian forest products facility 
  • Ongoing counsel for a major Canadian public forest products company on numerous projects, including acquisition and dispositions, commercial matters, disclosure matters and government issues

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • World Services Group Meeting of the Americas (North, Central & South America and the Caribbean), Miami, Florida, February 2014, Co-Chair
  • "Key Drafting Issues" and "Solicitors' Legal Opinions", Business Basics Discussion Group, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October 3, 2013 and prior years, Course Chair and Speaker
  • "Planning, Organizing, and Operating a Business", Business Basics Course, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October 3, 2013, Course Chair and Speaker
  • “Multijurisdictional Transactional Issues”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2013
  • "Indemnities", Mergers & Acquisitions 2012, June 21, 2012, Co-Presenter
  • "Business Basics 2012", February 16, 2012, Course Chair
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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1987)

Education

University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1988)

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1986)

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