David F.W. Cohen
David Cohen is the national leader of Gowling WLG's Financial Institutions & Services Group in Canada and a senior practitioner in the firm's Toronto office. He practises in the areas of corporate and commercial financing and restructuring and insolvency law in both a domestic and cross-border context. David also coordinates the firm's national Distressed M&A Group.
David has transactional experience in the following sectors:
- Financial services
- Food and beverage
- Health care
- Mining and resources
- Recreational products
- Shipping and logistics
For the past six years, David has been consistently recognized as a leader in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency - Canada in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
David is the immediate past global chair of the Turnaround Management Association, and is a member of its Executive Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. He served as TMA's global president in 2016 and as its global chair in 2017. He co-chaired the highly successful TMA Annual Convention held in Toronto in October of 2014. He has also served as TMA Global's corporate secretary, a member of its executive operating committee and as its VP of membership. His other past roles include serving as a member of the Futures Task Force, the Sponsorship Task Force and the Nominations Committee.
Prior to joining TMA's International Board, he served for six years as a director of the TMA (Toronto Chapter) Board in a number of executive positions, including vice president, secretary and co-chair of the Programs Committee.
David was the chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section Executive for a two-year term ending in September 2004. Before that, he was the Ontario representative on the section from 1998-2002.
David is a member of the CCH Corporate Law Advisory Board and was a visiting instructor in Bankruptcy Law at Osgoode Hall Law School for five years up to 2001.