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Canada Guide

Information Technology — Nationwide - Canada

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 11 other 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 acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements.

Strengths 

"The advice is thorough, and they are timely. The written advice is always very complete and we are just very impressed all-round."

"I have always been extremely happy with the level of service that they provide. They are very good at communicating and helping us understand things."

Work highlights Assisted Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy with the launch of a CAD100 million cleantech fund with the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance.

Acted for Sierra Wireless on its USD90 million acquisition of Wireless Maingate, a provider of machine-to-machine connectivity and information management services.

Significant clients XO Communication, UXP Systems, Barco, Export Development Canada, Ontario Power Generation.

Notable practitioners  

Co-leader of the firm's technology group, Sunny Handa is noted for his experience of technology-related transactions. One client said: "He is absolutely brilliant. The way he explains things to us is fabulous."

Sources deem Christine Ing to be "very solutions-oriented" and "an absolute pleasure to work with." She advises on a wide range of commercial IT transactions and offers notable expertise in cloud computing and outsourcing matters.

Interviewees describe Cheryl Slusarchuk as "very client-focused, very responsive and very easy to work with." She advises on a variety of technology matters, including e-commerce and outsourcing.

Since publication, Parna Sabet-Stephenson has joined Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 12 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.

Strengths 

"They are very service-oriented and quick to respond." 

Work highlights Advised Core Avionics & Industrial on its acquisition of the IP assets of ALT Software.

Acted for McCain Foods on its agreement with IBM for the establishment of a technology services delivery facility in New Brunswick.

Significant clients Capgemini Canada, Enbridge, Scotiabank, Kobo, TD Bank Financial Group.

Notable practitioners 

Star individual Barry Sookman is widely respected as "one of the leading lawyers in Canada" for technology law, offering unparalleled multidisciplinary proficiency in IP concerns. He wins the widespread respect of his peers for his extensive expertise in outsourcing and for his prowess as a litigator: "He is a total force in this area - he is outstanding." One client enthused: "He is the best in Canada and has to be one of the best lawyers internationally I have ever dealt with."

National leader of the firm's technology group, Charles Morgan is described as an "exceptional lawyer." Commentators highlight his experience advising on complex commercial transactions in the technology space.

George Takach maintains a very strong reputation in the technology sector, with an excellent track record of handling e-commerce matters. He is also very well regarded for his expertise in technology procurement transactions.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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.

Strengths 

"The service has been absolutely excellent. The lawyers are responsive, they always meet their time commitments and they are knowledgeable."

"Go-to firm for complex or bespoke work." 

Work highlights Advised Hootsuite Media on a series of financing transactions worth USD250 million.

Represented Pangaea Ventures in its EUR4 million growth equity investment in Airbourne International.

Significant clients Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Kik Messaging, General Motors.

Notable practitioners  

Sources commend department co-chair Wendy Gross for her leading technology expertise and creative approach when advising on technology and outsourcing transactions. "She is excellent," say interviewees.

Market commentators describe Michael Fekete as a practitioner who "really cares about his clients and provides thoughtful and considered advice." He co-heads the group and receives praise for his knowledge of privacy and regulatory matters.

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Band 2

第二等

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. 

Notable practitioners  

Amy-Lynne Williams is described as a "notable figure in this sector" and an "extremely well-regarded" practitioner. Her practice includes notable experience of outsourcing transactions and software development.

Since publication, Michael Erdle has retired from this practice.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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 recognised for its expertise in e-commerce and IT regulatory matters. 

Strengths 

"The level of service that they provided was outstanding, and the depth of legal knowledge that they provide is very impressive as well."

"Their responsiveness is exceptional." 

Work highlights Represented Aviva Canada in its CAD582 million acquisition of RBC General Insurance Company and its 15-year strategic insurance distribution agreement with RBC Insurance.

Assisted IUGO Mobile Entertainment with its partnership and development agreement with Scopely.

Significant clients Facebook, Amazon, TD Bank, Avaya, CGI Group.

Notable practitioners  

IT department head John Beardwood focuses on outsourcing and privacy law mandates. Clients say he is "very polished and has a tremendous amount of experience."

Karam Bayrakal acts on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and privacy matters. His practice includes a strong focus on the video game industry.

Andrew Nunes maintains a solid reputation for his work on technology-related M&A transactions. Clients laud him for his ability to be "extremely calm under pressure" and "defuse situations very well."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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 companies on e-commerce, data protection, compliance and licensing matters.  

Strengths 

"I have been very happy with the service. The response time and the business acumen is exceptional at the firm. They are hugely helpful."

"The level of service we have received is very high. We are quite satisfied with the quality and the creativity of the feedback."

Significant clients BlackBerry, Verizon Canada, TSX Group, Celero Solutions, The Talbots.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Kratz QC is described by clients as a "wonderful practitioner to work with." He is renowned for his proficiency in IP, IT and privacy law.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 5 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.

Strengths 

"They provide timely and cost-effective solutions and have proven to be able to deliver quality work in a very compressed timeframe."

Work highlights Acted for Fundserv on the development of agreements with vendors to create a system for processing electronic records for the investment fund industry.

Significant clients Ontario Telemedicine Network, London Health Sciences Centre, The Ottawa Hospital, Scotiabank, University Health Network.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Boehm is a well regarded practitioner in this market, with notable expertise in a variety of IT outsourcing transactions and fintech deals.

National leader of the firm's IT group, Mark Fecenko is widely commended for his advice on IT transactions in the healthcare industry. Clients praise his experience in the sector: "He has been outstanding."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 9 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. Also noted for its proficiency in related litigation.

Work highlights Represented SAP America in an unjust enrichment and breach of contract dispute with CareerDoor.

Acted for The Match Group on its acquisition of online dating service Plentyoffish Media.

Significant clients Ericsson, Oracle, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Microsoft, Aecon.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Corley is highly regarded for his impressive experience of outsourcing transactions. He is also widely respected for his work in the cleantech space. "He is an excellent lawyer and is a real force in the industry," say sources.

Sources commend Peter Ruby for his expertise in IT litigation. One source commented: "His broad experience allows him to understand our issues quickly and efficiently."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a strong global network acting on IT transactions. Advises local and international clients, including financial institutions and technology suppliers, with an emphasis on outsourcing mandates and technology implementation and licensing.  

New developments Norton Rose Fulbright completed its combination with Vancouver firm Bull Housser on January 1, 2017.

Work highlights Represented Mobilicity in the CAD465 million sale of its subsidiary to an affiliate of Rogers Communications.

Significant clients ENABIL Solutions, National Bank of Canada, TELUS, Blackberry, Cirque du Soleil.

Notable practitioners 

Market commentators describe Robert Percival as a "very competent and well-known" practitioner in this sector. He handles a range of transactions, with a focus on significant outsourcing deals and cloud computing matters. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 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.

Strengths 

"I have always been very impressed with the service that they have provided. They pull out all the stops to get things done."

Work highlights Assisted The Bank of Nova Scotia with the negotiation of a multi-year regulatory compliant outsourcing agreement with Citibank.

Advised Rexall of the Katz Group on the negotiation of an integrated medication synchronisation arrangement with Ateb Canada. 

Significant clients Carlton Group, Canadian Football League, Pelmorex Media, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Indigo Books & Music.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Adam Armstrong for having "an incredible business head on his shoulders" and for his wide-ranging technology practice. He advises on a variety of matters, including outsourcing transactions and technology procurement.

Joel Ramsey is acknowledged as "an outstanding lawyer" in IT and outsourcing who is particularly active in the financial services space. He offers notable experience in relation to cloud computing and payments and cards.

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Eminent Practitioner

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

George Takach maintains a very strong reputation in the technology sector, with an excellent track record of handling e-commerce matters. He is also very well regarded for his expertise in technology procurement transactions.

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Star Individuals

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Star individual Barry Sookman is widely respected as "one of the leading lawyers in Canada" for technology law, offering unparalleled multidisciplinary proficiency in IP concerns. He wins the widespread respect of his peers for his extensive expertise in outsourcing and for his prowess as a litigator: "He is a total force in this area - he is outstanding." One client enthused: "He is the best in Canada and has to be one of the best lawyers internationally I have ever dealt with."

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Richard Corley is highly regarded for his impressive experience of outsourcing transactions. He is also widely respected for his work in the cleantech space. "He is an excellent lawyer and is a real force in the industry," say sources.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources commend department co-chair Wendy Gross for her leading technology expertise and creative approach when advising on technology and outsourcing transactions. "She is excellent," say interviewees.

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Mann Symons Law Office

From the Chambers Canada guide

Fraser Mann of Mann Symons Law Office attracts praise for his considerable capabilities in complex technology transactions. He advises both public and private sector clients, and is recognised for his “wealth of knowledge” and many years of experience in this field.

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Deeth Williams Wall LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Amy-Lynne Williams is described as a "notable figure in this sector" and an "extremely well-regarded" practitioner. Her practice includes notable experience of outsourcing transactions and software development.

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Band 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market commentators describe Michael Fekete as a practitioner who "really cares about his clients and provides thoughtful and considered advice." He co-heads the group and receives praise for his knowledge of privacy and regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Co-leader of the firm's technology group, Sunny Handa is noted for his experience of technology-related transactions. One client said: "He is absolutely brilliant. The way he explains things to us is fabulous."

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Band 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources deem Christine Ing to be "very solutions-oriented" and "an absolute pleasure to work with." She advises on a wide range of commercial IT transactions and offers notable expertise in cloud computing and outsourcing matters.

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Band 2

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

National leader of the firm's technology group, Charles Morgan is described as an "exceptional lawyer." Commentators highlight his experience advising on complex commercial transactions in the technology space.

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Band 2

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources commend Peter Ruby for his expertise in IT litigation. One source commented: "His broad experience allows him to understand our issues quickly and efficiently."

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Band 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Interviewees describe Cheryl Slusarchuk as "very client-focused, very responsive and very easy to work with." She advises on a variety of technology matters, including e-commerce and outsourcing.

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Band 3

Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe Michael Beairsto of Dentons Canada LLP as "a great guy to negotiate with" who always “listens really well." He receives particular praise for his proficiency in licensing agreements.

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Band 3

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

IT department head John Beardwood focuses on outsourcing and privacy law mandates. Clients say he is "very polished and has a tremendous amount of experience."

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Band 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Eric Boehm is a well regarded practitioner in this market, with notable expertise in a variety of IT outsourcing transactions and fintech deals.

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Band 3

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Bernice Karn of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is singled out for the depth of her experience in data privacy and tech-related security matters. She receives further praise for her commercial awareness and responsiveness.

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Band 3

Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Martin Kratz QC is described by clients as a "wonderful practitioner to work with." He is renowned for his proficiency in IP, IT and privacy law.

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Band 4

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients praise Adam Armstrong for having "an incredible business head on his shoulders" and for his wide-ranging technology practice. He advises on a variety of matters, including outsourcing transactions and technology procurement.

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Band 4

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Karam Bayrakal acts on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and privacy matters. His practice includes a strong focus on the video game industry.

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Band 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

National leader of the firm's IT group, Mark Fecenko is widely commended for his advice on IT transactions in the healthcare industry. Clients praise his experience in the sector: "He has been outstanding."

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Band 4

Torkin Manes LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Lisa Lifshitz of Torkin Manes LLP is deemed by peers to be a real "all-rounder in the IT space." She is noted for her work in e-commerce, privacy and IT-related regulatory matters.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Canada guide

Theo Ling of Baker McKenzie is the head of the firm's IT practice group in Canada. Sources draw attention to his track record in privacy and IT regulatory matters. Clients say he receives "top marks for thinking and working outside the box."

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Band 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Wesley Ng of Stikeman Elliott LLP is noted for his extensive experience across a range of IT matters, including outsourcing transactions and contracts. Clients say: "He picks up on concepts very well and is up to date on the US and Canadian requirements of IT law. He is very good at laying out options and very good at keeping his cool."

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Band 4

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Andrew Nunes maintains a solid reputation for his work on technology-related M&A transactions. Clients laud him for his ability to be "extremely calm under pressure" and "defuse situations very well."

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market commentators describe Robert Percival as a "very competent and well-known" practitioner in this sector. He handles a range of transactions, with a focus on significant outsourcing deals and cloud computing matters. 

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Band 4

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Joel Ramsey is acknowledged as "an outstanding lawyer" in IT and outsourcing who is particularly active in the financial services space. He offers notable experience in relation to cloud computing and payments and cards.

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Band 4

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Parna Sabet-Stephenson of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP receives recognition for her proficiency in e-commerce law. She regularly acts for financial services and retail companies.

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