Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP



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Davies is a law firm focused on high-stakes matters. They are fearless in approach and methodical in execution, taking your issues as seriously as you do. Because excellence isn’t a talking point for the firm. It is their starting point. The firm works in a fundamentally different way, starting with its structure and ending with the results the firm achieves for its clients. The firm is a true partnership. This frees Davies up to work seamlessly and efficiently together, across geographies, practices and industries. Most importantly, it allows the firm to take on your matters – however large or complex – with unparalleled clarity, speed and intelligence. Davies’ way of working isn’t an official policy or mandate; it’s part of the firm’s DNA. It’s why they attract and retain the brightest, most creative lawyers. It’s what makes the firm the most innovative in Canada.

Jay A. Swartz


Toronto, ON, Canada

☎ +1 (416) 8863 5520


Clients rely on Jay’s experience and legal and business judgment to provide strategic and tactical advice that creatively addresses their business issues. Jay is a “standout practitioner” who is regarded as “one of the top insolvency practitioners in the country” (Client – Chambers Global 2016). Jay has a diverse commercial practice, with particular emphasis on corporate restructuring, private company acquisitions, banking and debt financing, financial product development, structured finance and private equity funds. He regularly provides guidance on corporate governance matters. Known for getting the deal done in an efficient, timely and effective manner, Jay is valued by clients for his unparalleled judgment. He is creative in finding practical and novel solutions to business and legal problems.

Denis Ferland


Montréal, QC, Canada

☎ +1 (514) 841 6423


Clients trust Denis for his detailed knowledge of insolvency matters. They know him to be “seasoned,” “deal focused” and a “great person to contact in a sticky situation” (Chambers Global 2015). Denis specializes in bankruptcy, insolvency, financial restructuring and related litigation, as well as general commercial litigation. He offers practical, proactive advice to large multinationals, banks and financial services institutions, creditors, debtors and court officers (including trustees, monitors and receivers). Clients value Denis both as a trusted adviser and as a dynamic and experienced litigator. Over his 30-year career, he has developed creative solutions in many of Québec’s most significant restructuring and insolvency matters – his innovation paving the way for countless reorganizations and transactions. A long-time instructor for the ‎Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional Qualification Program, Denis regularly lends his expertise to insolvency and restructuring conferences.

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Robin B. Schwill


Toronto, ON, Canada

☎ +1 (416) 863 5502

✉ rschwill@dwpv.com


Robin excels at identifying the critical issues in restructuring and insolvency proceedings and finding deal-oriented solutions. Clients value his pragmatic advice, with one client saying Robin “strikes a true balance between being a lawyer and a business professional” (Chambers Global 2015). Clients in diverse industries trust Robin’s solid and focused advice on their corporate turnarounds, work-outs and restructurings, distressed asset sales and acquisitions, debtor-in-possession financings, and secured and unsecured creditor rights enforcement. They rely on Robin’s wealth of experience in dealing with multinational deals and appreciate his ability to keep a discussion on track. Robin is known for his expertise in designing creative and novel processes – including under all facets of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act proceedings – to bring matters to a successful resolution. He is Canadian co-counsel to Nortel’s U.K. estate in the cross-border Nortel insolvency proceedings and Canadian counsel to Target Corporation in the Target Canada insolvency proceedings.

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