David C. Whelan, QC

Attorney in Calgary, AB
Executive Summary

David Whelan is the Managing Partner of our Calgary office, as well as a partner in and former Calgary Regional Leader of our Financial Services Group. David practises in the areas of corporate commercial law, banking, and corporate restructurings, and has a broad range of experience dealing with commercial transactions and banking matters, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters. David acts for lenders and borrowers in all manner of financial services transactions, including asset-based loans, distressed lending, factoring, equipment leasing, and structured sale/leaseback transactions. David also has expertise in the area of derivatives and swap transactions, and in drafting and negotiating energy contracts in the Alberta power market.

Since 2007, David has been a member of BLG's National Council and National Management Committee. David is also the Chair of the Calgary Regional Management Committee and a member of the Calgary office's Pro Bono Committee.

Community Involvement

•Member, Calgary Airport Business Development Advisory Board

•Participant, BLG's United Way Fundraising Program

•(Past) Director, Fernie Alpine Ski Team

•(Past) Member, Lake Louise Ski Club

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Chair, Insight Information Conference on Energy Contracts, 2006.

•Author/Speaker, Emission Reduction Credit Contracting - Emerging Systems and Issues in Contracting, Insight Information Conference, 2006.

•Author/Speaker, Priorities: A Secured Lender's Guide, Canadian Institute Conference, 2000.

•Author/Speaker, The Effect of Insolvency on the Validity and Enforceability of Commercial Loan and Security Documentation, Canadian Institute Conference, 1995.

•Author/Speaker, Enforcing Security Under Part V of the Personal Property Security Act, Legal Education Society of Alberta , 1994.

•Author/Speaker, Technical Update, Canadian Insolvency Practitioners' Association Conference, 1994.

•Author/Speaker, Revenue Canada and Secured Creditors: The Ongoing Battle for Priority, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Conference, 1993.

•Author/Speaker, The Rights of Employees in an Insolvency, Canadian Institute Conference, 1992.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

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Areas of Law

  • Business and Corporate Commercial
  • Bankruptcy
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Saskatchewan
  • Derivatives
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Energy


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4.4 out of 5.0
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Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1984, Alberta

Law School Attended

McGill University
Class of 1983

McGill University
Class of 1983

University Attended

Queen's University
Class of 1979
Hons., Mechanical Engineering

Associations & Memberships

Professional Involvement•Member, Canadian Bar Association•Chair, Canadian Bar Association's Southern Alberta Insolvency Subsection, 1989-90•In... More

Representative Cases

Representative Work; Acted for the lead bank in a $300,000,000 syndicated-loan transaction. Acted as Alberta counsel on behalf of a foreign bank in connection with a $140,000,000 financing involving Alberta-based corporations and partnerships. Acted on behalf of foreign lending institutions in connection with a restructuring of indebtedness in exce... More

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Calgary, Alberta)

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