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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 (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

Awards & Recognition

Sunny has received the following awards and recognitions:

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Information Technology - Nationwide - Canada (Band 2))

  • 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 Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Communications Law, Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Health Care Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 ("Repeatedly Recommended" in Biotechnology and Telecommunications; and "Consistently Recommended" in Technology Transactions and Computer & IT Law)

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook (Transaction Star) 2020/21 Edition

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, The Guide to the World’s Leading Intellectual Property Law Firms and Practitioners (Transaction Star) 2019/20 Edition

  • Who's Who Legal: Data 2020 (Information Technology, Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security and Telecoms & Media)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (“Leading Lawyer” in Technology)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2019 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: National Leader - Canada 2019 (Data)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2019 (Data)

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

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Technology)
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
  • Speaker: It's all about the data... But who owns it?
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, October 2, 2019.
  • Speaker: Intellectual Property and Corporate Finance Foundations
    Fireside-chat Audience-participation Event, Vancouver Island Life Sciences (VILS), Victoria, British Columbia, September 24, 2019.
  • 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.
Media Activities
  • 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.
  • Interviewed: The Google case and the European Union and the right to be forgotten
    Interviewed by Thomas Daigle, CBC Today, September 25, 2019.
  • Quoted: Protecting IP from external theft
    Interviewed by Shannon Kari, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 3, 2018.

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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