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D. Robb English

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1980

Robb’s decades of experience in financial services law give him a deep understanding of his clients’ business needs. A recognized expert in insolvency and restructuring, he offers strong leadership and direction that his clients can trust. Robb prides himself on remaining calm in difficult situations and providing succinct advice and a clear course of action.

Robb is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group. He is well-respected as one of Toronto’s most prominent insolvency lawyers providing advice to financial institutions. Robb has extensive experience in insolvency proceedings of all kinds in both domestic and cross-border cases. He has acted for banks, asset-based lenders and other financial institutions on matters pertaining to debt restructuring, security enforcement, receivership, CCAA and BIA reorganizations and related matters.

As well as providing counsel to clients such as TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC, Wells Fargo, Callidus Capital, and others, Robb has acted as independent counsel to all major Toronto firms acting in the capacity of Trustee, Receiver or Monitor in restructuring proceedings.

Robb has appeared at all levels of court, including appellate levels within the province of Ontario, and has extensive experience in matters on Toronto’s Commercial List.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recommended by Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in Restructuring/Insolvency (Canada)
  • Noted in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Robb has lectured widely on behalf of the Canadian Institute, the Law Society of Ontario (bar admission course) and at the Annual Review of Insolvency Law.


  • INSOL International
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • The Advocates Society
  • Commercial Financial Association
  • Canadian Insolvency Foundation
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association.

Community Involvement

  • Robb acts as legal counsel to The Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation which provides assistance to chronically ill children and their families. 
  • Twice a RIDE campaign leader for the RIDE for Juvenile Diabetes Research
  • Twice president of Weston Golf and Country Club.

Representative Matters

Acting as counsel to the Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with asset-based revolving credit facilities for companies in the financial services/lending business in the approximate amount of $20-25 million. 

Acting as counsel to Bridging Finance Inc., as agent, in connection with asset-based revolving credit facilities for companies in the building supply and contracting services business in the approximate amount of $12 million.

Acting as counsel to the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s Asset Finance division in connection with asset-based revolving and term credit facilities for many different borrowers in various industries. 

Acting as counsel to a secured lender as applicant in a creditor driven CCAA proceeding in respect of Gandi Innovations, and associated Chapter 15 proceedings in Texas.
Acting as counsel for Deloitte & Touche Inc. as Receiver of Thunder Bay Fine Papers.
Acting as counsel to Bank of Montreal in relation to the cross-border receivership and wind-up of Bauer Industries, a southern Ontario auto parts supplier.
Acting as counsel to Wachovia Capital Finance Corporation in respect of its loans to Multy Group, the subsequent CCAA restructuring of Multy Group and securing repayment of its loan.
Acting as counsel for KPMG Inc. in its capacity as Receiver of Corporate Cars as initiated by secured lenders of Bank of Nova Scotia and CIBC.
Acting as counsel to TD Bank in relation to the receivership of GBM, an auto parts supplier, and in negotiating accommodation agreements with other key industry players.
Lead counsel in the successful CCAA restructuring of National Sports, resulting in Canada’s first DIP loan, refinanced through one of Canada’s first asset based loans.


Publications Article Jan 15, 2016 Tolling Provisions Within Forbearance Agreements


  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1978