David practises in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. He has been named by Best Lawyers® as one of the best lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Corporate Law. He handles all manner of M&A , Private Equity and Debt transactions with an emphasis on:

  • private company sales and divestitures;
  • middle-market company mergers and acquisitions; and
  • the Canadian component of institutional fund purchases and divestitures.

David has also developed an active international practice representing finance firms in New York, Chicago, Frankfurt and London.

David has spoken extensively on the topics of Mergers and Acquisitions transactions and Private Equity investments. He also possesses an admiration for venture stage entrepreneurs and takes on a select number of venture stage engagements each year, providing structuring advice, mentoring and financing contacts to worthy emerging companies. David sits on the board and is an officer of a number of public, private and charitable endeavours.

David Brown is a recognized practitioner in the area of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance.

David practises in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. He has been named by Best Lawyers® as one of the best lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Corporate Law. He handles all manner of M&A , Private Equity and Debt transactions with an emphasis on:

  • private company sales and divestitures;
  • middle-market company mergers and acquisitions; and
  • the Canadian component of institutional fund purchases and divestitures.

David has also developed an active international practice representing finance firms in New York, Chicago, Frankfurt and London.

David has spoken extensively on the topics of Mergers and Acquisitions transactions and Private Equity investments. He also possesses an admiration for venture stage entrepreneurs and takes on a select number of venture stage engagements each year, providing structuring advice, mentoring and financing contacts to worthy emerging companies. David sits on the board and is an officer of a number of public, private and charitable endeavours.

Significant Transactions

David has acted on all manners of middle market acquisition, divestitures and refinancing transactions. A detailed deal list is available on request.

Publications

"Real Estate Licensing considerations for EMDs", Exempt Market Update, October 2013

"Part Two - Introduction to Fee-Tails. What are they?", Exempt Market Update, Spring/Summer 2012, July 2012

"Part One - Engagement Letter Best Practices", Exempt Market Update, Winter 2012, March 2012

Speaking Engagements

September 24-25, 2015, Toronto, ON - Course Leader - 3rd M&A Agreements Conference. Click here for more information.

September 16-17, 2013, Toronto, ON - Co-Chair - 2nd M&A Agreements Conference.  Click here for more information.

April 28-29, 2013, Toronto, Ontario - Co-Chair and Speaker - Series Round Venture Investment Forum. Click here for more information.

November 13, 2013, Toronto, Ontario - Co-Chair and Speaker - 15th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit: The Ongoing Evolution of Private Equity, Westin Harbour Castle. Click here for more information.

May 2, 2013, Toronto, Ontario - Chair - 2nd Annual EMDA Exempt Marketing Conference: Raising capital through the cycle - Understand what buyers want and deliver, National Club. Click here for more information.

November 7, 2012, Toronto, Ontario - Co-Chair and Speaker - 14th Annual Private Equity Summit: Emerging Investment Themes, Trends and Opportunities, InterContinental Toronto Centre. Click here for more information.

November 17, 2011, Toronto, Ontario - Co-Chair and Speaker - 13th Annual Private Equity Summit: Emerging Investment Themes, Trends and Opportunities, InterContinental Toronto Centre. Click here for more information.

November 15, 2010, Toronto, Ontario - Co-Chair and Speaker - 12th Annual Canadian Summit, Private Equity - Transformation of the Landscape, St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre. Click here for more information.

May 8-9, 2008, Toronto, Ontario - Chair - Winning and Financing Private Equity Transactions - Savvy Strategies from North America's Movers and Shakers. Click here for more information.

January 14 and 15, 2008, Toronto, Ontario – Speaker – Enhancing Value of the Family Owned Business, The Canadian Institute, Sutton Place Hotel.

September 24-26, 2007, Toronto, Ontario – Chair and Speaker – Effective Acquisition Strategies - 9th Annual M&A Skills Summit, Federated Press, Toronto Hilton Hotel.

May 17, 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Chair – Savvy Strategies from North America's Movers and Shaker - 4th Annual National Summit on Private Equity. Click here for more information.

September 11, 12, and 13, 2006, Toronto, Ontario, Chair – Effective Acquisition Strategies – 8th Annual M&A Skills Deal-Maker Summit, Federated Press, Toronto Hilton Hotel.

David Brown is profiled in CCH Canadian Ltd.'s Canadian Securities Law News, in the article, "Highlights from the Canadian Institute's National Summit on Private Equity".

May 18 2006, Toronto, Ontario, Chair – 3rd Annual National Summit on Private Equity, The Canadian Institute, Pantages Suites Hotel. Click here for more information.

May 2, 2006, David Brown appeared on Linda Leatherdale's Money Line Television Show (Rogers 10) as an expert in Mergers & Acquisitions.

September 6, 7 and 8, 2005, Toronto, Ontario, Chair – Effective Acquisition Strategies – 7th Annual M&A Skills Deal-Maker Summit, Federated Press, Sheraton Centre Hotel.

May 12, and 13, 2005, Toronto, Ontario, Co–Chair – 2nd Annual National Summit on Private Equity, The Canadian Institute, Four Seasons Hotel. Click here for more information.

April 14 and 15, 2005, Toronto, Ontario – Guest Speaker – The Advance Forum on Mergers & Acquisitions, The Canadian Institute, Marriott Hotel.

January 26, 27 and 28, 2005, Toronto, Ontario – Guest Speaker – 3rd Annual Venture Skills Summit, Federated Press, The Canadian Institute, InterContinental Hotel.

September 8, 9 and 10, 2004, Toronto, Ontario – Morning Chair and Guest Speaker at the 6th Annual M&A Skills Deal-Maker Summit, Federated Press, Sutton Place Hotel.

June 21 and 22, 2004, Toronto, Ontario – Co-Chair (with John Reiss, Partner and Global Group M&A Co-Head, White & Case LLP (New York)) – National Summit on Private Equity, The Canadian Institute, Four Seasons Hotel. Click here for more information.

February 2, 3 and 4, 2004, Toronto, Ontario – Guest Speaker – Venture Skills Summit, Federated Press, Sheraton Centre Hotel.

Awards & Recognition

Named by Best Lawyers® in Canada as one of the best lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Corporate Law.

Professional Activities

The Toronto Venture Group - Co-Founder, Past Chairman and Past Member of the Board

Toronto Angel Group (now Maple Leaf Angels) - Co-Founder and Past Executive Working Group Committee Member

Private Capital Markets Association of Canada - Co-Founder and President

Make-A-Wish Foundation - Director

The Empire Club of Canada - Director

Licence Suspension Appeals Tribunal - Vice-Chairman, Retired

Toronto Distress Centres - Past Member of the Board

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association

Partner*

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5046
Fax 416.365.1876
dbrown@weirfoulds.com
* Partner through a professional corporation

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions

Private Equity

Corporate Finance  

Sports Law

Called to the Bar
Ontario (1989)
Education
University of Toronto
LL.B. 1987

Queen's University
B.A. 1984
with distinction

Awards & Recognition
Named by Best Lawyers® in Canada as one of the best lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Corporate Law.
Professional Activities

The Toronto Venture Group - Co-Founder, Past Chairman and Past Member of the Board

Toronto Angel Group (now Maple Leaf Angels) - Co-Founder and Past Executive Working Group Committee Member

Private Capital Markets Association of Canada - Co-Founder and President

Make-A-Wish Foundation - Director

The Empire Club of Canada - Director

Licence Suspension Appeals Tribunal - Vice-Chairman, Retired

Toronto Distress Centres - Past Member of the Board

Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association

Called to the Bar

Ontario (1989)

Education

University of Toronto
LL.B. 1987

Queen's University
B.A. 1984
with distinction