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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 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.

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Recent Experience
  • Investissement Québec on a new issue by Lightspeed POS Inc. and secondary offering by its shareholders, namely Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Investissement Québec and Inovia Capital, for aggregate gross proceeds of C$287.9-million.

  • Canadian counsel to Dell Technologies Inc. on its US$2.075-billion sale of RSA Security LLC to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group and including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and AlpInvest Partners

  • Gemspring Capital and its portfolio company Crafty Apes, LLC on Crafty Apes acquisition of CVD VFX, an award-winning, full-service visual effects studio based in Vancouver, B.C.

  • Trustarc, as Canadian counsel, on its acquisition of Nymity Inc.

  • Cognizant on their acquisition of Idea Couture, a privately held firm that offers a broad range of digital innovation, strategy, design and technology services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BlackBerry Limited on the purchase by the Rockstar Consortium of Nortel Networks patents for C$4.5-billion.

  • Standard Life plc on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion.

  • Aegon Canada ULC on the sale of its Canadian operations for C$600-million to Wilton Re Holdings, a subsidiary of CCPIB.

  • 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.

  • UrtheCast in connection with its reverse take-over transaction and concurrent financing and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

  • 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.

  • X2O Media, a Montréal-based enterprise communication specialist, in relation to its acquisition by Barco NV, a global leader in professional visualization systems.

  • 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.

  • BlackBerry Limited regarding global rollouts to over 200 jurisdictions, including licensing, corporate, commercial and supply transactions, lawful access, and employment-related matters.

  • 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.

  • An American multinational technology company on a number of matters related to Canadian anti-spam, copyright law, Canadian marketing programs and class action defence.

  • 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.

  • A major Canadian financial services corporation on various strategic agreements.

  • 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.

  • A health-care software company regarding its commercial operations in Canada, including technology platform licensing and compliance.

  • A global retailer with various information technology and business process outsourcing agreements.

Awards & Recognition

Their ability to understand our business and grasp the unique risk issues is a major strength.
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada