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Technology & Innovation
Technology & Innovation
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Technology companies, from the world’s largest multinationals and vendors to start-ups and growth stage companies, regularly retain Blakes to assist with their legal issues.

Blakes has one of the leading mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, advising clients on strategic considerations and when acquiring or selling technology assets, or when they need advice on the commercialization of technology products and services. We help protect ownership rights, handle source code escrow and trust arrangements, and provide a host of other services to technology developers.

We also advise technology companies on outsourcing and procurement arrangements, drafting technology transfer, development, distribution and licensing agreements, data processing and electronic data interchange protocols.
As a full-service national law firm, our Technology team includes talented professionals from each Blakes office, with expertise across the legal spectrum, including advice on capital markets, employment, executive compensation, real estate leasing, cybersecurity, privacy, and marketing and advertising matters, among other areas.

Our litigators advise on advanced risk-management strategies to avoid disputes when possible. When litigation is the only option, our team is prepared to work alongside our clients through every stage of the dispute — in court, at the negotiating table, and before tribunals and government agencies.

Our industry-leading Technology lawyers possess a remarkable diversity of experience and education, including backgrounds in computer science and management information systems. We share a deep understanding and appreciation of the business realities of the technology industry and how to leverage technologies to benefit business objectives.

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Recent Experience
  • NexJ Systems Inc. on its acquisition by N. Harris Computer Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc.

  • Portage CyberTech Inc. on its acquisition of 1CRM Systems Corp.

  • ​Graybar Canada Limited on its acquisition of Electro-Mag Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Les Contrôles J.A.D. Inc.

  • ​AutoLeap Inc. on its C$18-million Series A investment round led by Bain Capital Ventures

  • ​Canadian counsel to Litera Microsystems on its acquisition of Kira Systems

  • ​Canadian counsel to Periscope Holdings, Inc., as Canadian counsel, on its US$210-million acquisition by mdf commerce inc.

  • Great Hill Partners on its US$250-million investment in Auvik Networks Inc.

  • ​Canadian counsel to TrustArc Inc. on its acquisition of Nymity Inc.

  • RA Outdoors, LLC (doing business as Aspira, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners) on the acquisition of Mission Management Information Systems Inc.

  • Drilling Info, Inc. on its acquisition of Cortex Business Solutions Inc. for approximately C$45.7-million via a plan of arrangement

  • Digital Colony Partners, LP and EQT Infrastructure IV Fund on their consortium’s US$14.3-billion agreement to acquire and recapitalize Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.

  • Canadian counsel to Cority Software Inc. and Norwest Venture Partners on the sale of a majority stake in Cority to Thoma Bravo, LLC

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its US$244.95-million offering of common shares

  • Roynat Equity Partners among a consortium of institutional investors on their investment in Legado Partners in connection with the acquisition of Kivuto Solutions Inc.