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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, trademarks, 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 2023 (Information Technology, Telecommunications & Broadcasting)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Communications Law, Health Care Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Technology Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2022–2023 (Technology, Telecommunications)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 ("Most Frequently Recommended" in Computer & IT Law, "Repeatedly Recommended" in Life Sciences & Health, and "Consistently Recommended" in Technology Transactions and Telecommunications)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Information Technology – Canada (Band 2))

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, The Guide to the World's Leading Intellectual Property Law Firms and Practitioners (Transactions Star), 2022 Edition

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2022 (Data – Data Security)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2022 (Data – Data Privacy & Protection, Data – Data Security, Data – Information Technology, Telecoms & Media, and Transport – Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Computer & IT Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: IP 2021

  • 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: Transport 2021

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

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

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 Communications Law course and has taught Complex Legal Transactions, Information Technology Law, Copyright and Trademark 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 coauthored 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: Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2022
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, June 8, 2022.
  • Panellist: Apocalypse des données : conjuguer technique et juridique pour atteindre la conformité en matière protection des données
    Canadian Bar Association Quebec - Cybersecurity Webinar, April 13, 2022.
  • Speaker: Cybersecurity Trends
    Blakes Webinar on Proactive Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know to Protect and Thrive, April 6, 2022.
  • Speaker: Interactive Business Interruption Scenario
    NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit, Toronto, Ontario, April 5, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: Privacy and Data Breaches: Mitigation, Legislation and Litigation
    Episode 18, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, November 3, 2021.
  • Speaker: Blakes Cybersecurity Study: Pandemic a Perfect Storm for Cybercrimes
    Episode 16, Blakes Continuity Podcast, July 22, 2021.
  • Speaker: Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2021
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, June 17, 2021.
  • Speaker: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
    Blakes 2021 Canada/U.S. Legal Update Seminar Series: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, May 18, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Cybersecurity Tactics for Turbulent Times
    Blakes Continuity Podcast, April 20, 2020.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: More than half of cyber attacks in Canada last year were ransomware attacks: study
    Interviewed by Lucy Saddleton, InHouse News, Canadian Lawyer, June 13, 2022.
  • Quoted: Blakes releases new report to help Ontario businesses navigate cybersecurity risks
    Interviewed by Annabel Oromoni, Canadian Lawyer, June 13, 2022.
  • Quoted: Cybersecurity risks to businesses show no signs of abating: report
    Interviewed by Daniel Escudero, The Lawyer's Daily, June 10, 2022.
  • Quoted: Cybercrime Is Skyrocketing, but the Legal Profession Isn't Keeping Up
    Interviewed by Gail J. Cohen, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel,, June 8, 2022.
  • 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.

DCL, McGill University – 1998
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1995
LLM, McGill University – 1995
LLB, University of Toronto – 1992
BComm, McGill University – 1989


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