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David R. Byers

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David Byers is Co-Chair of the National Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. He is highly experienced in complex commercial litigation, including insolvency and insurance, product liability, securities, as well as in domestic and international arbitration. David has acted for companies and their management in an exceptionally broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, financial services and tobacco.  He has acted for both lenders and debtors in several court supervised restructurings.


Ontario Bar (1983)
Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers' Association
Canadian Bar Association
Insolvency Institute of Canada
Litigation Counsel of America
The Advocates' Society


Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1981)
University of Western Ontario (Honours B.A. 1978)


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Ontario

David R. Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Stikeman Elliott LLP’s national litigation practice maintains its dominant position in major class actions and also excels in securities litigation, product liability and arbitration — among other areas. Among the Toronto office’s recent highlights, Peter Howard represented Livent in bringing a high-profile negligence claim against its auditors. In addition, dispute resolution head Eliot Kolers successfully acted for Omega in opposing an application by the Ontario Securities Commission for a temporary order to cease trading and suspend its registration. Seasoned litigator David R. Byers and competition litigation lead Katherine L. Kay are also key names in Toronto. Yves Martineau is a sought-after name in Montreal and is defending Société Telus Communications in a class action alleging it set excessive international roaming charges. Other key contacts include Geoffrey Holub in Calgary and David Brown in Vancouver. Louis Bélanger left to join Montreal boutique Arnault Thibault Cléroux.

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Restructuring and insolvency

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David R. Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Stikeman Elliott LLP, noted for its ‘high-quality leading lawyers’ and ‘excellent business acumen’, has robust restructuring expertise in each of its Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offices. In particular, Toronto-based litigator David R. Byers (‘a widely respected restructuring specialist’) is a strong performer in complex insolvencies; he is advising the monitor in Crystallex International’s CCAA filing. In another high-profile case, Toronto’s Ashley Taylor advised Essar Steel Algoma on its restructuring. Also in Toronto, ‘up-and-coming star’ Elizabeth Pillon — hailed as ‘generation now’ by sources — advised the US Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund in Stelco’s restructuring proceedings. On the distressed M&A front, Montreal-based rising star Guy Martel advised Tacora Resources and MagGlobal on the former’s acquisition of all of the assets of the Scully iron ore mine.

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