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.

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

Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law

  • 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
  • Licence Suspension Appeals Tribunal – Vice-Chairman, Retired
  • Toronto Distress Centres – Past Member of the Board
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (1989)

  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1987
  • B.A. with distinction, Queen's University, 1984
  • Ontario Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Quoted in "Ford government’s appointment of Heather Zordel as OSC chair prompts resignations," The Globe & Mail, June 25, 2022
Co-Chair and Speaker, Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit, Toronto, ON, 2004-2018
Speaker, Financial Statements in Practice: M&A Case Study, Canadian Bar Association, Live Webinar, May 1, 2018
Course Leader, 3rd M&A Agreements Conference, Toronto, ON, September 24-25, 2015
Co-Chair, 2nd M&A Agreements Conference, Toronto, ON, September 16-17, 2013
Co-Chair and Speaker, Series Round Venture Investment Forum, Toronto, ON, April 28-29, 2013
Co-Chair and Speaker, 15th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit: The Ongoing Evolution of Private Equity, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON, November 13, 2013
Chair, 2nd Annual EMDA Exempt Marketing Conference: Raising Capital Through the Cycle - Understand What Buyers Want and Deliver, National Club, Toronto, ON, May 2, 2013
Chair, Winning and Financing Private Equity Transactions - Savvy Strategies from North America's Movers and Shakers, Toronto, ON, May 8-9, 2008
Speaker, Enhancing Value of the Family Owned Business, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, ON, January 14-15, 2008

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