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Sunny Handa

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  • 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 Technology (IT) 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


  • Managing cybersecurity risks issues for clients including post-attack management

  • Data breach response

  • Data breach preparedness

  • Corporate governance

  • Privacy and data protection

  • Due diligence

  • Cybersecurity in commercial contracts and M&A agreements

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

Awards & Recognition

Sunny has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Information Technology - Nationwide - Canada (Band 2))

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Communications Law, Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Health Care Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Technology, Telecommunications)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: Data 2021 (Information Technology, Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security and Telecoms & Media)

  • Who's Who Legal: IP 2021

  • Who's Who Legal: Transport 2021

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2021 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: National Leader - Canada 2021 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Elite 2021 (Data Security)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Information Technology - Canada (Band 2) and Corporate/M&A - Canada (Foreign Expertise in India))

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 - Lawyer of the Year (Information Technology Law - Montréal)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 ("Repeatedly Recommended" in Biotechnology, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and Technology Transactions; and "Consistently Recommended" in Computer & IT Law)

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, The Guide to the World's Leading Intellectual Property Law Firms and Practitioners (Transactions Star) 2021 Edition

  • India Business Law Journal 2019 (One of the Top 100 International Lawyers for India Matters)
Professional Activities

Sunny is also a professor of law (adj.) at McGill University, where he has been teaching since 1994/95. He currently teaches the course Communications Law and has taught Complex Legal Transactions, Information Technology Law, Copyright and Trade-mark Theory, Copyright and Information Technology Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. He also oversees graduate students writing in the fields of intellectual property, information technology and communications law.

Sunny has been published widely in legal literature and has also authored and co-authored a number of books on information technology, communications law, copyright law and business. His writings have been quoted and cited with approval by courts across Canada, including by the Supreme Court of Canada. (View books by Sunny).

Professional Appearances
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Good afternoon, we've stolen your corporate data. Please kindly connect with one of our customer service agents to arrange payment
    Interviewed by Christine Dobby, Business Reporter, Toronto Star, June 17, 2021.
  • Quoted: Blakes releases new report to help general counsel navigate cybersecurity risks
    Interviewed by Lucy Saddleton, Canadian Lawyer, May 20, 2020.
  • Interviewed: Cybersecurity Trends
    Interviewed by Lucy Saddleton, Canadian Lawyer In-House magazine, May 14, 2020.
  • Quoted: How technology is reshaping privacy
    Interviewed by Elizabeth Raymer, Lexpert, May 12, 2020.
  • Interviewed: The Google case and the European Union and the right to be forgotten
    Interviewed by Thomas Daigle, CBC Today, September 25, 2019.

Doctorate of laws (D.C.L.), McGill University - 1998
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1995
LL.M., McGill University - 1995
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1992
B.Comm., McGill University - 1989


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