OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
"Impressive broad-ranging IT practice with an excellent reputation for complex transactional and regulatory work."
 
“Top-tier practice highly regarded for its ability to handle a diverse array of IT concerns, including regulatory matters and transactions. Represents an impressive array of technology companies and major corporate clients in sophisticated multi-jurisdictional mandates. Offers particular experience of acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements.”
 
Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017
 
 
Constantly evolving technologies, the need to innovate and industry regulation all converge in a fast-paced global marketplace. Companies across industries need to face these challenges while staying ahead of the competition. Doing so requires skilled counsel with a deep industry knowledge, tech and business know-how, and legal acumen.
 
Many of the world’s largest multinationals and technology vendors trust the Blakes Information Technology group, one of the largest and most highly respected in Canada, to serve as their reliable one-stop shop for any legal need that involves technology and electronic commerce. They regularly retain Blakes to advise them on a wide range of issues, including risk management, regulatory compliance, complex transactions such as acquisitions of technology companies, IT and business-process outsourcing and procurement arrangements, financing of such companies as well as commercial matters, including drafting technology transfer, development, distribution, and licensing agreements. We advise companies on data privacy, digital security and encryption infrastructures, and review their data processing and electronic data interchange protocols. We also offer guidance on social media issues, including use policies, online behavioural advertising, trade-mark protection, branding, confidentiality, proprietary information and reputation management, and address the issues that arise when parties operate e-commerce businesses or engage in e-commerce transactions.
 
Smaller companies, such as hardware and software developers and e-businesses, also seek us out when financing their businesses or when needing advice on the commercialization of their technology products and services. We help protect ownership rights in software, handle source code escrow and trust arrangements, and provide a host of other services to technology developers. Our cohesive national team draws on talented professionals from every one of our offices nationwide.
 
Our industry-leading Information Technology lawyers possess a remarkable diversity of experience and education, including backgrounds in engineering, computer science and management information systems. Many of our lawyers are cross-trained in a number of legal areas such as corporate, commercial and communications law, and write a number of the leading texts in the field, advise governments on technology policy and legislative matters, and are considered to be among Canada’s top thought leaders in the field. What we all share is a deep understanding and appreciation of the business realities of the technology industry and the ways in which technology affects countless strategic and tactical decisions that companies make every day.
 

Representative Matters
  • Acted for UrtheCast Corp. on its C$100-million acquisition of the Earth Observation business of Elecnor S.A. and concurrent prospectus offering of C$86.5-million of subscription receipts.
  • Counsel to Element Financial Corporation on its US$5-billion acquisition of the PHH Arval vehicle fleet management services business and on Element’s related C$1.4-billion public offerings.
  • Counsel to BlackBerry Limited on a US$4.7-billion acquisition proposal from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and eventual US$1-billion financing through a C$1-billion private placement of convertible debentures.
  • Counsel to BlackBerry Limited in the purchase by the Rockstar Consortium of Nortel Networks patents for C$4.5-billion.
  • Counsel to Standard Life plc on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion.
  • Counsel to Aegon Canada ULC on the sale of its Canadian operations for C$600-million to Wilton Re Holdings, a subsidiary of CCPIB.
  • Counsel to Canadian Tire Corporation on its agreement with Scotiabank regarding a strategic partnership that will see Scotiabank acquire a 20 per cent equity interest in Canadian Tire's financial services business for C$500-million in cash.
  • Counsel to UrtheCast in connection with its reverse take-over transaction and concurrent financing and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Counsel to SierraWireless, a global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, on its acquisition of Wireless Maingate AB, a Sweden-based provider of M2M connectivity and data management services for US$90-million in cash.
  • Counsel to X2O Media, a Montréal-based enterprise communication specialist, in relation to its acquisition by Barco NV, a global leader in professional visualization systems.
  • Counsel to an electronic commerce company in relation to the launch of various new products and services in Canada, including cloud services, online store, mobile applications, online browser, printing on demand, promotional programs and membership program.
  • Counsel to BlackBerry Limited in regards to global rollouts to over 200 jurisdictions, including licensing, corporate, commercial and supply transactions, lawful access, and employment-related matters.
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the design, build, finance and maintain project for the development of a light-rail transit line across the city of Toronto.
  • Counsel to an American multinational technology company on a number of matters related to Canadian anti-spam, copyright law, Canadian marketing programs and class action defence.
  • Counsel to a number of Canadian credit unions in respect of technology matters, acquisition of new banking systems and related services, and adoption of electronic and paperless banking and operations.
  • Counsel to a major Canadian financial services corporation on various strategic agreements.
  • Counsel to a multinational software company in a software licensing and supply arrangement with Canadian government agencies for the provision for off-the-shelf software licences and related software maintenance and/or support.
  • Counsel to a health-care software company in regards to its commercial operations in Canada, including technology platform licensing and compliance.
  • Counsel to a global retailer with various information technology and business process outsourcing agreements.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
 
Members of the Blakes Information Technology team are recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the most recent editions of the following publications:
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications, Media & Technology
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Who's Who Legal
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4122
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Technology, Communications
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2934
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Life Sciences, International Dispute Resolution, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, Patents, Trade-marks, Technology, Anti-Counterfeiting
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3316
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, IP Licensing & Agreements, Fintech
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Anti-spam, Drugs & Medical Devices, IP Licensing & Agreements, Information Technology, Privacy, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cybersecurity
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4042
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Outsourcing, IP Licensing & Agreements, Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, Fintech
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4021
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Outsourcing, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Financial Services
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5061
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4008
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Communications, India, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, Patents, Trade-marks, Gaming, Outsourcing, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2667
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Outsourcing, Life Sciences, Communications, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Fintech, Consumer/Retail Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2509
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Information Technology, Financial Services, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5020
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, IP Licensing & Agreements, Anti-spam
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4243
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Technology, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Fintech
Trade-mark Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2903
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Trade-marks
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3399
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Mining, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2291
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Venture Capital
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4131
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Corporate & Commercial, Intellectual Property, Communications
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4257
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Credit Unions
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5253
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Technology, Private Equity
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2960
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Information Technology, Technology, Outsourcing, Cybersecurity
Patent Agent | Toronto, Calgary
Toronto: 416-863-2518
Calgary: 403-260-9782
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Oil & Gas, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Payment Cards & Technologies, Information Technology, Fintech
Partner | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4242
Toronto: 416-863-5817
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Outsourcing, Information Technology, United States, Australia, Communications
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2418
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Patents, IP Licensing & Agreements, Trade-marks, Copyright, Technology, Information Technology
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