Technology in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a full-service technology practice with a truly national reach, with offices in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The team stands out for its activity in the areas of fintech and e-commerce, leveraging the strength of the firm's top-tier banking and finance practice; however, it is also involved in impressive highlights for clients in the transportation, fashion, healthcare, mining and telecoms sectors. Montréal-based Sunny Handa leads the firm's national technology group, as well as the communications law practice. Acting for market disruptors and tech giants alike, Handa has developed a leading reputation in complex corporate and commercial transactions and large-scale technology projects. David Feldman is a contact in the Toronto office.

Practice head(s):

Sunny Handa

Key clients

ATB Financial

Cority Software Inc.

Cormark Securities Inc.

E2E Holdings, LLC

EVO Payments

National Bank of Canada

Parthenon Capital

Sappi Limited

The Descartes Systems Group

Trustarc Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised ATB Financial on the acquisition of the technology assets of Vancouver-based Grow Technologies Inc.
  • Acted as Canadian Counsel to Trustarc in its acquisition of Nymity Inc., a Toronto-based software company in the field of data-privacy compliance.
  • Advised Stonepeak, a North American focused infrastructure investment firm, on its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault is consistently considered among the market leaders in every trending segment of the tech market. Indeed, the team excels in corporate, commercial and regulatory work in the areas of fintech, blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity, to name just a few. The technology group is jointly led by Christine Ing in Toronto and Montréal-based Charles Morgan - two of the top technology lawyers in Canada. Ing is among the market leaders in the field fintech, where she acts for major Canadian banks and institutional investors, and Morgan is recognized for his experience of data breaches and incident response. Other names to note in Toronto include M&A and finance specialst George Takach and litigator Barry Sookman, who is rated for his knowledge of IP and IT law. Associate Michael Scherman is making a name for himself in the emerging technologies space.

Practice head(s):

Christine Ing; Charles Morgan

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Aéroports de Montréal

CIBC

Compu-Finder

Enbridge Inc.

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Kira Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Work highlights

  • Represented major social media clients in several important privacy matters touching on compliance, competition and data privacy issues.
  • Advised an AI institute on a novel data custodianship model allowing access to a broad spectrum of health data.
  • Assisted a major Canadian health provider with its response to a huge data breach.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The technology practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has an exceptional track record in major outsourcing deals, high-value and often cross-border corporate transactions, and fund formation and management. Practice head Wendy Gross has a stellar reputation in the fintech space, where she acts for several of the country's largest financial institutions in their most sensitive technology projects. Ted Liu is another name to note in the fintech space. Michael Fekete, who focuses on issues pertaining to privacy and data compliance, and is active in some of the team's largest corporate and commercial transactions. The team is best known for advising financial institutions, though it also maintains an extensive roster of venture capital investors and technology companies. Named lawyers are based in Toronto, but the team also has partners in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montréal and Calgary.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Gross

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fekete; Ted Liu; Simon Hodgett

Key clients

Microsoft

Facebook

LinkedIn

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

TELUS

General Motors

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Google

Borrowell

Mobilify Research and Development, Inc.

Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Toronto-based boutique Deeth Williams Wall LLP has developed a reputation in the areas of e-commerce, privacy and social media-related issues. Contacts in the team include Amy-Lynne Williams, who has extensive experience of technology contracting and outsourcing, and Richard Austin, who has skill sets in a broad range of regulatory and transactional work.

Fasken

Fasken differentiates itself in part by the strength of its emerging company services group, which acts for a range of start-up companies, early stage entrepreneurs, and a variety of financiers, including angel and venture capital investors, private equity funds and institutional investors. A name to note over the past year was Christian Jacques in the Montréal office, who recently advised Sonder Canada on a $225m financing round. Andrew Nunes in Toronto focuses on M&A, joint ventures and outsourcing in the space. Vancouver-based Karam Bayrakal has been active in IT procurement, large-scale joint ventures and a litany of privacy work, with experience spanning quantum computing software, AI and machine learning, and big data analytics. Other key figures include Montréal-based IP specialist Jean-Nicolas Delage and telecoms expert Gerald Kerr-Wilson in Ottawa. The group has also continued a trend of growth at the junior and senior levels. Among the new additions to the team, Tony Morris joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in August 2019, and counsel Brad Schneider followed in October 2019.

Key clients

Sonder Canada Inc.

RenoRun Inc.

Landr Audio Inc.

Brightspark Ventures

Classcraft Studios Inc.

Co-operators Financial Services Ltd.

WELL Health Technologies Inc.

Terramera Inc.

General Fusion Inc.

Elastic Path Software Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Supported Sonder Canada, a hotel operator renting out apartments through various websites, in multiple financing rounds.
  • Represented RenoRun, a Montréal based start-up, in its bridge and series A financing.
  • Advised Landr Audio Inc., an online, cloud-based, automated mastering service, on its $26m series B financing.

Goodmans LLP

Based in the Toronto office, the team at Goodmans LLP provides comprehensive support to investors and tech companies at all stages of growth, leveraging multi-disciplinary skill sets in M&A, private equity and venture capital, corporate finance and litigation. In addition to its corporate, commercial and financing work, the team also provides a full range of legal support on data and privacy and social media issues, and competition and foreign investment. A standout figure in the team is Richard Corley, who handles a variety of major commercial transactions and tech-sector M&A, and whom clients rate for his excellent client care and attention. Other key contacts include Peter Ruby, known for his work in technology disputes; corporate and securities lawyer Allan Goodman; and Jamie Firsten, who acts for a range of emerging companies, and has emphases on enterprise software and e-sports.

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Firsten

Testimonials

‘Richard Corley truly cared and was with us every step of the way. Richard took the time to walk us through complex legal matters and made them easy to digest, providing us with counsel when we needed it. We always felt like Richard’s only client. We would work with Richard again in a heartbeat.’

Key clients

Intuit

Interac

SAP Canada Inc. and SAP America Inc.

Canaccord Genuity Group

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Blockstation Inc.

Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation

Canadian Institute for Exponential Growth (Singularity University Canada)

RatioCity

Round 13 Capital

Lending Loop Financial

AdHawk

Work highlights

  • Represented Interac Corp. in its acquisition of 2Keys Corp., an Ottawa-based digital ID and commerce company.
  • Represented Docebo Inc., a software company,  in its initial public offering of 4,687,500 common shares at a price of C$16.00 per share for total gross proceeds of C$75m.
  • Represented Ratio.City in its $1m seed financing led by 2048 Ventures.

Torys

Torys stands out for its expertise in fintech and financial services work, particularly in the payments space. Areas of core strength include outsourcing and contracting work in the public sector, and cross-border technology deals involving the US. The team is jointly led by payments and fintech specialist Joel Ramsey and Adam Armstrong, who handles outsourcing transactions, software and hardware licensing, with expertise in blockchain, fintech and cloud computing. Also recommended are counsel Ebad Rahman and associate Jessica Bishop. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Adam Armstrong; Joel Ramsey

Other key lawyers:

Ebad Rahman; Jessica Bishop

Key clients

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS/Scotiabank)

Payments Canada

Home Trust Company

Morneau Sheppell Ltd.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Canadian Football League (CFL)

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Work highlights

  • Advised the Canadian government on IT and IP aspects of the Canadian Surface Combatant project.

Bennett Jones LLP

The technology group at Bennett Jones LLP has historically been recognized for its expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and while it has maintained its activity in those areas, the team has also continued to grow its reputation in the healthcare, agriculture and financial services sectors. The team advises on a full range of corporate and financing transactions, commercial deals and regulatory compliance, acting both for tech companies and private investors. Contacts in the team include Stephen Burns, who is rated for his expertise in outsourcing, IT procurement and privacy law, and up-and-coming partner Sébastien Gittens. The bulk of the team is based in Calgary, although group co-chair Dominique Hussey, who also heads the firm's IP litigation group, practices in the firm's Toronto office.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; Dominique Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Sebastien Gittens

Key clients

ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Ltd.

Bayer (formerly Monsanto Canada Inc.)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Calgary Police Service

Canadian Blockchain Association

Canopy Growth Corporation

Celero Solutions Inc.

District Ventures

DrFirst.com, Inc.

goeasy (Easy Financial)

LayBuy Yes

LendingArch Financial Inc.

Lethbridge Police Service

Longview Aviation Capital Corp (LACC)

Marriott International, Inc., Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd.

And Starwood Canada ULC

Metalmark Capital / Kissner Group Holdings

Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

Payments Canada

Peloton Computer Enterprises Ltd.

QuirkLogic, Inc.

Tailwind Capital and its portfolio company Diversified U.S.

The Canadian Medical Protective Association

ThinkData Works

TriWest Capital Partners and its portfolio company Lithion

Power Group

TruTrace Technologies

United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited

URUS Group LP (formerly Alta Genetics)

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Advised ATCO and Canadian Utilities on their enterprise resource planning with respect to the technology, licensing and intellectual property mandates.
  • Advised Celero Solutions Inc, an end-to-end IT solutions provider, on the negotiated settlement of vendor breaches of software licenses.
  • Acted for the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited in matters including hardware and software licensing, systems licensing and outsourcing agreements.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's technology practice has a strong reputation for advising public-sector clients on large technology outsourcing and procurement matters.A key contact in the Toronto office is Mark Fecenko, who has experience in the healthcare, education and energy sectors. Other areas of work have included tech-sector M&A, commercial agreements and private financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fecenko

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises growth companies and well-known technology companies on M&A, public and private financing deals and strategic commercial transactions, often working in conjunction with colleagues from across the firm's international platform. The firm also has dedicated expertise in privacy and data protection. IP specialist Anthony De Fazekas heads the practice from Toronto. Litigator Andrew McCoomb was promoted to partner in January 2020; he specializes in shareholder and contract disputes in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Anthony de Fazekas

Other key lawyers:

Andrew McCoomb

Key clients

Aquilini GameCo Inc.

Solium Capital Inc.

Coveo Solutions Inc.

Outbox Technology

Telecon Inc.

Symantec Corporation

Geoforce, Inc.

NZIA Limited

Telus International (Cda.) Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aquilini GameCo Inc. on the acquisition of Luminosity Gaming Inc. and Luminosity Gaming (USA), LLC, the subsequent amalgamation with J55 Capital Corp. and the arrangement with Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.
  • Advised Solium Capital on its acquisition by Morgan Stanley for C$1.1bn.
  • Advised Coveo Solutions Inc. on a C$227m investment from various investors and led by Omers.

Baker McKenzie

Clients see 'big advantages' to working with Baker McKenzie, which, as a truly global law firm, can 'easily get connected with lawyers in other jurisdictions' to provide seamless advice on cross-border issues. In particular, the Canada team is regularly engaged by multinationals in large-scale data protection-related matters spanning multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Toronto-based practice head Theo Ling has specializes in matters at the intersection of technology and communications.

Practice head(s):

Theo Ling

Testimonials

‘For us the big advantage of working with Baker McKenzie is that they are a global law firm and can easily get connected with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions to assist us with issues.’

‘Theo Ling, the partner I mainly deal with is very knowledgeable, thoughtful and experienced.’

Key clients

Geotab

Work highlights

  • Advised Geotab on regulatory exemptions concerning services that do not connect autonomously with the voice network or the Internet via Machine-to-Machine devices.

Dentons

A 'cohesive team with extensive technology experience', Dentons' Canadian technology practice provides 'very practical, client-focused' advice to venture capital investors, as well as early-stage entrepreneurs and growth companies. The practice group has been very active in venture capital financing, though highlights from the past year have also shown the team involved in large-scale joint ventures and other commercial arrangements. Ottawa-based David Little co-chairs the group with Tom Sides in Edmonton, who has extensive experience dealing with IP, privacy and data security.

Practice head(s):

Tom Sides; David Little

Other key lawyers:

Michael Beairsto; Andrea Johnson

Testimonials

‘Cohesive team with extensive technology experience. Client-focused and provide very practical business advice that goes beyond pure legal work.’

‘David Little is an exceptional first class partner. Knows his clients very well and thus can advise on a level not offered by other firms.’

Key clients

AltaML Inc.

AngelList, LLC and AngelList Advisors, LLC

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Comcast Corporation

Comcast Ventures

Complete Innovations Inc.

Dream Payments Corp.

EBT Medical Inc.

Eddy Travels Inc.

Envenio Inc.

Equifax Canada, a subsidiary of Equifax Inc.

Information Venture Partners

Information Venture Partners II, L.P. and Information Venture Partners II (International), L.P.

Information Venture Partners III. L.P. and Yaletown Innovation Growth Limited Partnership

InsureGO Inc.

KoraPay Technologies Inc.

Loop Financial, dba Lending Loop

Motoinsight Inc.

Netcoins Inc.

Portag3 Ventures II Investments LP

Power Financial Corp. / IGM Financial / Great-West Lifeco and Portag3 Ventures LP

SecureKey Technologies

Spectrum Equity

StackAdapt Inc.

The PUR Company Inc.

The Pythian Group Inc.

The Sampler App Inc.

UK Finance (formerly British Bankers Association)

United Way of Greater Toronto

Virtual Schedule Builder (VSB)

White Star Capit

Work highlights

  • Advised Portag3 Ventures II Investment LP, on the Class B preferred share financing of Koho Financial Inc.
  • Acted for US-based private equity firm Spectrum Equity in its role as lead investor in Verafin’s $515m equity and debt recapitalization.
  • Represented Complete Innovations Inc. in relation to a mobility resale agreement with AT&T Mexico.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG provides broad coverage of the technology sector, advising on financing transactions, outsourcing, compliance, and privacy and cybersecurity matters. The group's expertise spans a range of technologies, including blockchain, various fintech and insurtech technologies, AI and the internet of things. Viona Duncan heads the group from its Waterloo office and routinely advises on complex M&A transactions in the technology sector. Also of note, the team welcomed several new arrivals toward the end of 2019; among them, technology and capital markets partner Todd Bissett joined from Miller Thomson in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Viona Duncan

Testimonials

‘The firm’s technology practice is very experienced and well rounded. Each individual brings tremendous insights and collectively they are able to provide quick, concise advice.’

Key clients

Amazon

eBay

Google

Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc.

Bombardier Inc.

STMicroelectronics

National Angel Capital Organization

Starbucks

Interac Corp.

McRock Capital Corporation

Honeywell

Shopify

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Bombardier Inc. in the sale of its Q Series aircraft program assets to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (formerly Longview Aircraft Company of Canada Limited), an affiliate of Longview Aviation Capital Corp., for gross proceeds of approximately $300m.
  • Counsel to Amazon in providing a broad range of legal services, government related and strategic advice to the company.
  • Counsel to McRock Capital Corporation since its inception; handling numerous private equity and fund formation matters, particularly with respect to its investments into the industrial internet of things.