David M.A. Amato
David M.A. Amato
(416) 216-1861
(416) 216-3930
222 Bay St, Suite 3000, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2000 (ON)
David M.A. Amato focuses on corporate finance and is co-chair of the Norton Rose Fulbright Asset-Based Lending team in Canada. As counsel and advisor to various foreign and domestic financial institutions, private debt funds, insurance companies and an array of other credit providers, he has significant and industry-leading experience in sophisticated debt financing transactions leading numerous multi-jurisdictional, international and domestic mandates (including asset based, cash flow, leveraged acquisition, debtor-in-possession, mine and project financings). As a senior and leading member of the asset-based lending team (a corporate finance area of practice for which Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized as a leading firm), David represents, and is a trusted advisor to, a number of Canadian and US asset-based lenders. He also has extensive insolvency and restructuring experience acting on behalf of creditors. David has been recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert DirectoryThe Best Lawyers in CanadaChambers Global and International Financial Law Review.
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