Sunny Handa
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4008

Sunny is a Partner and National Practice Group Leader of both the Firm's Technology group and the Firm's Communications Law group. He has a substantial practice in mergers and acquisitions of technology companies and also deals with information technology, intellectual property, communications (telecommunications and broadcasting) and electronic commerce matters, and a range of corporate/commercial matters relating to technology and communications businesses. He provides corporate/commercial and regulatory advice to leading companies in the defence sector, both in Canada and globally.

Sunny also has an active life sciences/health law practice and has worked extensively for some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies on a wide array of operational drug-related as well as corporate and commercial matters.

As National Practice Group Leader of the Firm's India Initiative, Sunny represents a number of Indian companies doing business in Canada, as well as Canadian companies doing business in India. He travels to India frequently and was invited to attend six of the Province of Quebec's trade missions to India as well as the Ontario Premier's mission to India.



  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Financing companies from start-ups to mature players

  • Complex commercial agreements, as well as intellectual property licensing schemes

  • Franchising agreements

  • A broad range of operational and corporate/commercial-related matters affecting technology companies

Communications Law

  • Broadcasting and convergence/new media issues, and regulatory matters, including licensing matters

  • Telecommunications issues and regulatory matters, including advising foreign entities on entry into the Canadian market

  • Radiocommunications licences/clearances

  • Information (IT) Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Outsourcing arrangements and procurement

  • Intellectual property protection matters in general (patents, trade-marks, copyrights, etc.)

  • Online copyright clearance issues and copyright board matters

  • Advising IT industry players, such as the video gaming industry, on a range of issues

  • The structuring of offshore operations especially with respect to e-commerce and intellectual property-based businesses

  • E-commerce matters, including online set-ups and related agreements

  • Privacy (data protection) issues

  • Data retention and data handling

Life Sciences/Health/Biotech

  • Clinical trial agreements

  • The appropriate handling of patient and subject information

  • Contracting with government and hospitals

  • Developing of a number of key standard operating policies relating to privacy and the handling of information

  • Handling complex contracting arrangements, including manufacturing agreements and other pharmaceutical arrangements (e.g., distribution and wholesale arrangements)

  • Intellectual property issues

  • Pharmaceutical, health and regulatory advice


Sunny has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Communications Law, Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Health Care Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Band 2 - Information Technology)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (“Leading Lawyer" in Technology and “Recommended” in Telecommunications)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Band 2 - Information Technology and Corporate/M&A, Foreign Expert for India)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2018 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: Data 2018 (Information Technology, Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security and Telecoms & Media)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 ("Repeatedly Recommended" in Telecommunications and Biotechnology and "Consistently Recommended" in Technology Transactions and Computer & IT Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Data)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Technology)

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2017 (Patent and Trade-mark Star)

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Blakes Bulletin on Communications, December 22, 2017.
Co-author: Taxation (General) - Technology and Internet
Halsbury's Laws of Canada, First Edition (reissue), Lexis Nexis, 2016.
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Speaker: Rapid Fire Session: What To Consider When Setting Up Shop in Canada
Canada AI Summit, New York, New York, October 25, 2018.
Moderator: Intellectual Property in Crisis: How to React When Things Go Wrong Online
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, October 17, 2018.
Co-speaker: Mock Data Breach Scenario
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, June 7, 2018.
Speaker: Bridge the Gap
Blockchain Event, Canadian Securities Exchange, Montréal, Quebec, May 24, 2018.
Panellist: Cybersecurity: Identify, Respond, Recover
Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) CFOs & COOs Forum, New York, NY, May 23, 2018.
Co-speaker: Prevent, Preserve and Protect: Mock Breach in the Risky Business of Cybersecurity
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 29, 2018.
Co-speaker: Trade Secrets/Confidential Business Information and Know-How: How to Protect Them?
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 21, 2018.
Speaker: CETA and Video Games / Entertainment
Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, Montréal, Quebec, February 7, 2018.
Speaker: M&A Cybersecurity Issues
Cybersecurity for Directors, Officers and Transactional Lawyers, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 27, 2017.
Speaker: Directors and Officers Liability
Cybersecurity: Pre-Breach Preparedness and Post-Breach Duties, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, October 25, 2017.
Speaker: Directors and Officers Obligations and Liability
Cybersecurity: Pre-Breach Preparedness and Post-Breach Duties, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, October 5, 2017.
Panellist: Big Data and Managing Legal Risk
Association of Canadian General Counsel Conference, Montréal, Quebec, September 29, 2017.
Speaker: Trends in Cybersecurity
Annual Convention, Counselors of Real Estate, Montréal, Quebec, September 25, 2017.
Speaker: Legal Tips for Tech Startups
Fundica Roadshow, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 28, 2017.
Co-speaker: Trends in Cybersecurity
Export Development Canada (EDC), Ottawa, Ontario, April 20, 2017.
Speaker: Legal Tips for Tech Startups
Fundica Roadshow, Montréal, Quebec, March 16, 2017.
Speaker: The Evolution of the Law of Television Broadcasting in the Internet Age
Bi-annual Conference on IP/IT Law, Justice Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, February 23, 2017.
Co-speaker: Intellectual Property: The Basics
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 9, 2017.
Speaker: Growing Intersections Between Law and Entrepreneurship, Tech and Start-Ups
Technically Legal: Legal Meet-up: Tech, Start-ups & Entrepreneurs, DALA (Droit Autrement/Law Alternative), McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2016
Speaker: Trends in Cybersecurity
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 13, 2016
Co-speaker: Stop Hackers From Taking a Byte: Cybersecurity and Responding to Data Breaches
Blakes Business Class Seminars, Montréal, Quebec, October 6, 2016
Co-speaker: Managing Your Brand in a Global Marketplace
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, September 21, 2016
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Interviewed by Shannon Kari, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 3, 2018.
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