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Information Technology — Nationwide - Canada


Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Information Technology

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sunny Handa and Christine Ing
- 9 partners
- 12 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier practice highly regarded for its ability to handle a diverse array of IT concerns, including regulatory matters and transactions. Represents an impressive array of technology companies and major corporate clients in sophisticated multi-jurisdictional mandates. Offers particular experience of acquisition and outsourcing arrangements, as well as cloud computing and cybersecurity issues. The firm often represents tech start-ups.

Strengths Sources say the firm is "very practical and very market-focused," adding: "They can bring a lot of industry perspective."

One client notes: "They are very hard-working, they respect people and they are very nice. They are extremely professional and really on top of everything."

Work highlights Acted for Cognizant Technology Solutions on its acquisition of Idea Couture.

Provides ongoing advice to the Pokémon Company International on Canadian privacy issues, including in relation to its Pokémon Go mobile app.

Significant clients TD Bank, CIBC, Trilogy International Partners, Evok Innovations Tech Fund.

Notable practitioners

Sunny Handa is recognised for his substantial tech M&A practice. One client said: "He is always honest and open, and his basic approach is always trying to find the most effective solution that costs the least and keeps things moving as quickly as possible."

Christine Ing is described by clients as "one of the most knowledgeable IT lawyers on the street." She often represents financial institutions in technology transactions and cybersecurity issues.

Cheryl Slusarchuk advises on a variety of technology matters, including e-commerce and outsourcing. Market sources say: "She is very smart and very capable, and a joy to work with."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Information Technology

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第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Charles Morgan
- 14 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished practice with an impressive depth of expertise across a range of IT matters. Often acts on outsourcing and technology infrastructure development mandates with further capabilities in regulatory matters and IT-related litigation. Advises a prestigious portfolio of clients, including banks and technology start-ups. Expertise cuts across sectors, including financial services, transportation, aerospace and defence.

Strengths Clients regard the team as a "hugely important and valuable" resource for technology law advice, while peers confirm the excellence of McCarthy's profile in this area.

Work highlights Acted for the Province of British Columbia on the procurement of the Application Management Services for the corporate financial systems of the Ministry of Finance, as well as the outsourcing of the contact centre for Service BC.

Advised Real Matters on its USD96 million acquisition of Linear Title & Closing.

Significant clients Capgemini Canada, TD Bank Financial Group, Bank of Montreal, Enbridge, Bell Canada.

Notable practitioners

Barry Sookman is regarded as a "phenomenal lawyer" with unparalleled proficiency in technology law and IP concerns. Viewed as an "expert in his field," he is acclaimed for his ability to navigate a complex area of law and to "convey it in a way that is understandable." He is also revered for his thought leadership.

George Takach is a senior partner with a national tech procurement practice, as well as offering a wealth of experience in tech M&A and financing matters. He provides ongoing advice to Constellation Software on a range of matters, including securities, corporate finance and tax.

Charles Morgan is known for his expertise in complex transactions in the technology industry. He advises on M&A, cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and licensing issues, among others. Clients say: "He has an excellence sense of tech, especially in a commercial context."

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Information Technology

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Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Michael Fekete and Wendy Gross
- 12 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well respected for its ability to handle an impressive range of technology mandates, with notable strength in privacy law and cloud computing. Advises both national and international clients, including social media, automotive and IT companies, on sophisticated transactional matters, including large outsourcing deals. The firm also stands out for its work on behalf of financial institutions and emerging companies.

Strengths Osler is regarded by clients as a firm of choice for strategic matters. They say: "They are extremely easy to work with and get along with, and one of the things that's of most value to me is that they understand our business."

Other interviewees add: "Their flexibility is probably unmatched."

Work highlights Acted for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the outsourcing of its IT systems to Accenture.

Represented Borrowell in its partnership with CIBC for the development of an online lending platform.

Significant clients Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Information Technology Association of Canada, TELUS.

Notable practitioners

Wendy Gross is the leader of the firm's tech practice. Sources say: "She is very experienced, very knowledgeable, does a lot of deals and brings a lot of value to the table." Clients add: "Wendy is very tough and very smart. We prefer to use her on those high-level matters and sophisticated transactions with high-level parties on the other side."

Michael Fekete is best known for his privacy and data protection expertise and is also recognised for his work on public policy initiatives. He is singled out by market sources as "one of the leading lawyers in the public sector space related to IT."

Ted Liu is noted for his broad expertise in commercial matters within the technology industry. Clients commend him as "a man of many hats, with a lot of commercial acumen."

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Deeth Williams Wall LLP - Information Technology

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

What the team is known for Highly reputed IP and technology-focused boutique, with an experienced and dedicated team of practitioners. Acts on a range of outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and e-commerce matters. Offers additional expertise in relation to mobile applications and payments.

Notable practitioners

Amy-Lynne Williams has a strong reputation in IT based on extensive work on outsourcing transactions, electronic payment agreements, privacy, electronic commerce and electronic publishing and software development.

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP - Information Technology

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: John Beardwood
- 27 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established technology practice valued for its extensive knowledge of both mature and emerging company IT concerns. Represents an impressive portfolio of public clients, including insurance companies and financial institutions, in complex outsourcing transactions. Also stands out for its experience in relation to entertainment and social media, as well as healthcare IT matters.

Strengths One client says: "I'd rate their work product highly - it is always very practical, always well reviewed, and well thought out. It is enhanced by their understanding of our business and what we need."

Other sources add: "Fasken has the right people with the right skills and knowledge to advise on specific and specialised legal points or to assist where additional capacity is required."

Work highlights Represented Canada Health Infoway in connection with the procurement for and negotiation of agreements with a provider of digital health solutions for the development of an electronic prescribing system.

Advised PwC on an RFP to deliver an IT services modernisation program for the Ottawa Police Service.

Significant clients Facebook, Spotify, Co-operators Group, Netflix.

Notable practitioners

IT department head John Beardwood focuses on outsourcing, e-commerce and privacy law mandates. He recently advised Tulip.io in connection with a series of master services agreements with major retailers, including HBC and Indigo.

Karam Bayrakal acts on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and privacy matters with a strong focus on the video game industry. One client said: "Karam's technical knowledge is excellent, as is his client service. He takes charge, seeks direction when necessary and is accessible."

Andrew Nunes is well regarded for his wide-ranging expertise that encompasses technology product development, private M&A, social media and online gaming issues.

Department profile by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Information technology permeates the global business community—opening up a world of opportunities and creating its own unique challenges. Whether you need help with core bricks and mortar IT work or are looking to tap into the power of cutting-edge technology, Fasken Martineau’s IT group is ready to help. We have a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading law firms in IT, advising on everything from large system implementations, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcings, to new internet business models, software methodologies and energy technologies.

Our goal is to help you keep pace by providing balanced, pragmatic advice when you need to make key decisions. Whether it is specialized technology issues for Canadian regulatory sectors (e.g. health or financial) or the development and implementation of corporate policies related to data security, record retention and privacy, we stay current on the legal and business IT issues to deliver the most appropriate solutions for your unique needs.

To address all of your IT-related legal concerns, we work closely with in-house practitioners in our other related areas of service. You can rely on our individual and collective experience to provide proactive, relevant and timely advice concerning your business and market realities.

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Bennett Jones LLP - Information Technology

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Michael Whitt
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Calgary-based practice with deep and broad technology expertise. Advises both public and private sector clients on e-commerce, data protection, compliance and licensing matters. It often represents venture funds and growth stage companies in the tech space, including artificial intelligence start-ups.

Strengths Sources commend both the firm's ability in this area as well its wider service offering: "The firm is particularly strong in IT but also has a full approach and skill set."

Work highlights Acted for Clearpath Robotics on various debt and equity financings, including a recent CAD30 million capital raising transaction.

Represented a large domestic financial institution in connection with a cyber attack.

Significant clients OMERS Ventures, BlackBerry, Verizon Canada, Visa, Telus.

Notable practitioners

Martin Kratz QC is a trade mark agent who also operates a significant technology law practice and offers extensive data protection expertise. Sources say he is a "good hard-working guy" who is "super-knowledgeable."

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Information Technology

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Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Mark Fecenko
- 19 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of health industry clients and other public sector organisations in relation to licensing and service agreements and technology-related litigation. The firm is also recognised for its involvement in IT transactions, including venture capital investments. Acts for both purchasers and providers of technology.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The quality of advice from BLG is second to none. They have expertise in a very unique area and they have both the technical knowledge and the experience in how to properly apply it."

Work highlights Represented AdGear Technologies in its acquisition by Samsung.

Significant clients Bell Canada, CelluForce, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, St. Joseph's Health System, The Ottawa Hospital.

Notable practitioners

Mark Fecenko is highly regarded for his focus on healthcare IT and procurement. Clients say he "has a huge amount of expertise in IT and is very helpful in walking us through the entire process." He acted for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children on the procurement and implementation of a hospital information system.

Eric Boehm advises on commercial technology transactions, including in relation to mobile payments. He also provides advice in relation to green technology and automotive technology and offers related IP expertise.

Vancouver-based Bradley Freedman is the national leader of the firm's cybersecurity group and operates a practice spanning IT and IP matters, as well as comprising litigation and arbitration experience. Clients praise his attention to detail and say: "He behaves like a business partner."

Department profile by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

BLG’s Information Technology (IT) Group has proven expertise in providing technology law and intellectual property services to all industry sectors, including the information technology sector. The IT Group employs a multi-disciplinary approach to provide IT clients with innovative, precise and practical solutions. Whether our client's core business is in the field of information technology or is affected only incidentally by new technological developments, we are well-positioned to provide up-to-date and timely advice.

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Goodmans LLP - Information Technology

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Basic facts about the department
-Heads of department: Richard Corley, Allan Goodman and Peter Ruby
- 10 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious Toronto-based firm acting for technology suppliers, government entities and service providers on a range of IT-related M&A and outsourcing transactions. Often advises investors in cleantech and provides technology-related competition law advice.

Work highlights Acted for Trader Corporation and Apax Partners in connection with the sale of Trader to Thoma Bravo.

Represented Energy Impact in its investment in Opus One Solutions.

Significant clients IAC/Home Advisor.com, Ericsson, Canadian Institute for Exponential Growth (Singularity University Canada), OMERS Ventures.

Notable practitioners

Richard Corley is "an incredible lawyer" who is highly regarded for his impressive experience of outsourcing transactions as well as for his work in the cleantech space. He is singled out by sources for his "consummate knowledge of information technology and environmental law. He is available at any hour and is always enthused to engage in new challenges and to assist in any new venture."

Peter Ruby is well known and well regarded for his litigation expertise and related work within the IT industry. Clients say: "The work he does is timely, complete and accurate, relevant to the question being asked and given in the context of our business, which is important."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Information Technology

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Robert Percival
- 35 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a strong global network acting on IT transactions, including technology procurement and cloud matters. Advises local and international clients, including financial institutions and technology suppliers, as well as public sector organisations.

Strengths Interviewees note the firm's global focus and reach: "Norton Rose provides excellent subject matter expertise in a number of areas in the technology sector and the team is always accessible even during off hours. Their cross-border capabilities are top notch."

Work highlights Assisted the University of Calgary with the procurement of technology to expand its genomics research in collaboration with IBM.

A Norton Rose team consisting of partners in Toronto, Montréal, London and New York acted for EcomAccess on the sale of its income access business and related IP rights to a subsidiary of Paysafe Group.

Significant clients CGI Group, Desjardins Group, ENABIL Solutions, Laurentian Bank of Canada, National Bank of Canada.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Robert Percival has extensive experience in both corporate and commercial information technology transactions. Clients commend his "superior technical knowledge" as well as his "efficient and pragmatic manner."

Department profile by Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP operates from offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City with approximately 700 lawyers and agents.

Our Canadian Technology and Sourcing team is a market leading practice helping clients to achieve their objectives in the technology sector, and is comprised of dedicated and experienced IT legal professionals with specialized industry expertise.

Our clients range from start-ups to multinational corporations and include businesses in sub-sectors such as electronics, semiconductors, network infrastructure, hardware, financial services, technology, software, IT services, e-commerce, Internet and digital media. We also act for venture capitalists, private equity firms, investment banks and other financial institutions that finance and invest in companies in the technology sector.

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Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The practice has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across the globe.


Torys LLP - Information Technology

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
-Head of department: Adam Armstrong
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a number of prestigious clients from the financial services sector on technology matters. Often assists insurance companies, banks and pension plans with technology development and licensing matters, as well as advising on outsourcing transactions. The firm offers impressive experience in relation to payment systems.

Strengths Interviewees praise the quality of the team's technical expertise and say it is "very attuned to the technicalities of IT contracts."

One client says: "They're a huge value-add to the structure of a transaction and can inform us on commercial realities."

Work highlights Advised Northbridge Financial on the commercial arrangements for an online payment processing system.

Acted for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board on an outsourcing agreement with Tata Consultancy Services.

Significant clients TD Bank, Scotiabank, 407 International/407 ETR Concession Company, Indigo Books & Music, TMX.

Notable practitioners

Joel Ramsey operates a sought-after IT and outsourcing practice and is described by his peers as "extraordinary." As the co-head of the firm's payments and cards practice, he handles a wide range of work for major Canadian banks.

Adam Armstrong is singled out by clients for his experience in relation to cloud-based services, as well as software development and licensing issues. Interviewees are quick to highlight his commitment to clients and hard-working approach.

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Star Individuals

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Barry Sookman is regarded as a "phenomenal lawyer" with unparalleled proficiency in technology law and IP concerns. Viewed as an "expert in his field," he is acclaimed for his ability to navigate a complex area of law and to "convey it in a way that is understandable." He is also revered for his thought leadership.

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Richard Corley is "an incredible lawyer" who is highly regarded for his impressive experience of outsourcing transactions as well as for his work in the cleantech space. He is singled out by sources for his "consummate knowledge of information technology and environmental law. He is available at any hour and is always enthused to engage in new challenges and to assist in any new venture."

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Wendy Gross is the leader of the firm's tech practice. Sources say: "She is very experienced, very knowledgeable, does a lot of deals and brings a lot of value to the table." Clients add: "Wendy is very tough and very smart. We prefer to use her on those high-level matters and sophisticated transactions with high-level parties on the other side."

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Mann Symons Law Office

From the Chambers Canada guide

Fraser Mann of Mann Symons Law Office is regarded as one of the top IT practitioners in Canada. He is commended for his ability to provide clients with a personalised service. One interviewee said: "There's a deep experience that Fraser brings to the table that gives us a lot of confidence in the discussions that we have and the advice he provides."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

George Takach is a senior partner with a national tech procurement practice, as well as offering a wealth of experience in tech M&A and financing matters. He provides ongoing advice to Constellation Software on a range of matters, including securities, corporate finance and tax.

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Amy-Lynne Williams

Deeth Williams Wall LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Amy-Lynne Williams has a strong reputation in IT based on extensive work on outsourcing transactions, electronic payment agreements, privacy, electronic commerce and electronic publishing and software development.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Fekete is best known for his privacy and data protection expertise and is also recognised for his work on public policy initiatives. He is singled out by market sources as "one of the leading lawyers in the public sector space related to IT."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sunny Handa is recognised for his substantial tech M&A practice. One client said: "He is always honest and open, and his basic approach is always trying to find the most effective solution that costs the least and keeps things moving as quickly as possible."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christine Ing is described by clients as "one of the most knowledgeable IT lawyers on the street." She often represents financial institutions in technology transactions and cybersecurity issues.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Charles Morgan is known for his expertise in complex transactions in the technology industry. He advises on M&A, cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and licensing issues, among others. Clients say: "He has an excellence sense of tech, especially in a commercial context."

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Ruby is well known and well regarded for his litigation expertise and related work within the IT industry. Clients say: "The work he does is timely, complete and accurate, relevant to the question being asked and given in the context of our business, which is important."

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Cheryl Slusarchuk

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Cheryl Slusarchuk advises on a variety of technology matters, including e-commerce and outsourcing. Market sources say: "She is very smart and very capable, and a joy to work with."

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Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients enjoy working with Michael Beairsto of Dentons Canada LLP and applaud his ability to "make the connection between the tech concepts and the legal consequences." He offers notable experience in relation to e-commerce and software licensing issues.

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

IT department head John Beardwood focuses on outsourcing, e-commerce and privacy law mandates. He recently advised Tulip.io in connection with a series of master services agreements with major retailers, including HBC and Indigo.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Eric Boehm advises on commercial technology transactions, including in relation to mobile payments. He also provides advice in relation to green technology and automotive technology and offers related IP expertise.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Fecenko is highly regarded for his focus on healthcare IT and procurement. Clients say he "has a huge amount of expertise in IT and is very helpful in walking us through the entire process." He acted for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children on the procurement and implementation of a hospital information system.

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Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Bernice Karn of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is recognised for her "depth of knowledge in IT which she uses to her advantage in negotiating contracts with vendors." She is particularly highly regarded for her experience of master services and development agreements.

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Martin Kratz QC is a trade mark agent who also operates a significant technology law practice and offers extensive data protection expertise. Sources say he is a "good hard-working guy" who is "super-knowledgeable."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Head of department Robert Percival has extensive experience in both corporate and commercial information technology transactions. Clients commend his "superior technical knowledge" as well as his "efficient and pragmatic manner."

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Joel Ramsey operates a sought-after IT and outsourcing practice and is described by his peers as "extraordinary." As the co-head of the firm's payments and cards practice, he handles a wide range of work for major Canadian banks.

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Adam Armstrong is singled out by clients for his experience in relation to cloud-based services, as well as software development and licensing issues. Interviewees are quick to highlight his commitment to clients and hard-working approach.

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Karam Bayrakal acts on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and privacy matters with a strong focus on the video game industry. One client said: "Karam's technical knowledge is excellent, as is his client service. He takes charge, seeks direction when necessary and is accessible."

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Vancouver-based Bradley Freedman is the national leader of the firm's cybersecurity group and operates a practice spanning IT and IP matters, as well as comprising litigation and arbitration experience. Clients praise his attention to detail and say: "He behaves like a business partner."

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Torkin Manes LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Lisa Lifshitz of Torkin Manes LLP is the leader of the firm's technology, privacy and data management group. She is especially experienced in the handling of technology agreements and is well known within the tech community in Toronto.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Canada guide

Theo Ling of Baker McKenzie is based in the firm's Toronto office, from where he often provides advice on technology projects involving cross-border components. In highlights, he acted for Royal Bank of Canada on the implementation of a mobile device program covering multiple jurisdictions. Clients appreciate his ability to "take very complicated, cutting-edge issues and make them digestible and easy to implement in a short period of time."

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Wesley Ng of Stikeman Elliott LLP is head of the firm's technology practice group. His expertise covers IT, e-commerce and biotechnology transactions. He is described by his clients as "exceptional."

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Andrew Nunes is well regarded for his wide-ranging expertise that encompasses technology product development, private M&A, social media and online gaming issues.

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Parna Sabet-Stephenson

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Parna Sabet-Stephenson of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP advises on outsourcing and technology law with a focus on the financial services, telecommunications and retail sectors. She is regarded by her clients as a strong team leader with "great industry knowledge."

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Ted Liu is noted for his broad expertise in commercial matters within the technology industry. Clients commend him as "a man of many hats, with a lot of commercial acumen."

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