Robert Percival
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5297

Robert is nationally recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of information technology transactions. With more than 25 years of experience in the sector, he provides a strategic and practical approach to complex technology transactions.

Robert advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors on a wide array of technology transactions, including outsourcing (ITO and BPO), cloud computing, SaaS, strategic alliances, technology development (including agile methodologies), system procurement and implementation, technology licensing and transfer, distribution, open source software, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, electronic commerce and the internet.

He is also active in the development and adoption of emerging technologies, including distributed ledger technologies, smart contracts, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and the application of such technologies to emerging market segments, such as fintech.


Robert has advised:

  • A leading Canadian digital bank in connection with the negotiation and implementation of a core banking cloud-based platform and services agreement with Temenos AG

  • Several major organizations in connection with the negotiation of global cloud services platform agreements with Google, AWS and other cloud services providers, including data protection, data security and global data transfers advice

  • A global Canadian loyalty analytics company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional virtual private cloud (VPC) and application maintenance and development outsourced service agreement, including in respect of the transfer and processing of consumer data

  • Several Canadian and global financial institutions in connection with numerous IT services/outsourcing, cloud services and other technology transactions, including in relation to equities and currency trading systems, back-office functions, mortgage processing, data management, mutual fund, HR/scheduling, procurement, payroll and many other systems

  • A Canadian Crown corporation in connection with its implementation of Mendix RAD (rapid application development) cloud-based platform in an SAP cloud environment

  • A Canadian public corporation in connection with an agile software development, implementation, licence and services agreement with a multinational technology service provider and related to a leading airline and travel rewards platform

  • An industry leading international technology service provider on numerous outsourcing (ITO and BPO) services transactions with leading North American and international businesses, financial institutions and government agencies

  • An international leader in the areas of telematics, automotive safety and mobile media in numerous technology commercialization joint ventures, licensing and distribution transactions, acquisitions, financings and other matters

  • Multiple private- and public-sector clients in connection with the acquisition and implementation of various ERP and SaaS solutions, including SAP, Oracle, Workday, Service Now, Yardi and other industry-sector specialty platforms

  • A major Canadian mall operator in the acquisition and deployment of a retail mobile analytics solution and related privacy law matters with respect to the collection and use of mobile-device data

  • A North American food-service retailer in connection with the design-build, acquisition and implementation of technology infrastructure, and the support and maintenance arrangements concerning a new “smart” distribution facility

  • Many international businesses on Canadian electronic commerce, internet, consumer protection, data privacy and commercial matters in connection with the establishment of services in Canada


Robert is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Information Technology: Nationwide)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2012, 2015-2017, 2019: Recommended in Computer & IT Law; 2018: Recommended in Technology Transactions)

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers – 2017 and 2019 (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 (Recommended: Data)

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Information Technology: Nationwide)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – 2016-2017 (Leading Lawyer: Telecommunications Media and Technology)

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Speaker: Negotiating Performance Warranties and Remedies
Certificate in Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Series, Toronto, Ontario, 2019.
Speaker: Blockchain for Everything Else: The Use of Distributed Ledger Technology Beyond Cryptocurrency
CAN-TECH Law 22nd Annual Conference, Montréal, Quebec, October 28-29, 2018.
Speaker: An Introduction to Smart Contracts
21st Annual Canadian IT Law Association Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 23, 2017.
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