Technology in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

With lawyers based in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, the technology group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP supports clients from a range of sectors with M&A and regulatory matters. The group is particularly well-versed advising clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, telecoms, tech and energy segments. Montreal-based practice head Sunny Handa provides transactional and regulatory support to tech, telecoms and defence-sector clients, and has additional knowledge of outsourcing, cloud computing, e-commerce, privacy and data protection. Additional key partners include transactional specialists Marie-Hélène Constantin and Joanna Myszka in Montreal, and David Feldman and Robert Percival, both based in Toronto. Joanna Myszka

Responsables de la pratique:

Sunny Handa

Autres avocats clés:

Marie-Hélène Constantin; David Feldman; Robert Percival; Joanna Myszka 

Principaux clients

Beneva Group

MAI Investments

Portage Cybertech

Sycamore Partners Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Beneva in connection with its sale of SSQ Dealer Services’ distribution business to Sym-Tech Dealer Service.
  • Assisted Sycamore Partners with its acquisition of Lowe’s Companies’s Canadian retail business including Lowe’s Canada and Rona stores.
  • Assisted MAI Investments with the sale of Eclipse Automation to Accenture PLC, as well as related corporate work.


The expertise of the sizeable practice at Fasken encompasses large systems implementations and outsourcing arrangements, Internet business models, e-commerce and consumer protection matters, data protection and tech-related M&A. The group also routinely handles venture capital and private equity financings, exit transactions and IPO listings. The department is co-led by a team of six partners: Andrew Alleyne, Andrew Nunes and Will Shaw lead from Toronto; Adam Saskin and Constantinos Ragas co-manage the emerging technologies group from Montreal; and Shahrooz Nabavi is stationed in Vancouver. Karam Bayrakal has niche expertise assisting interactive media companies, in particular video game developers and publishers, with development and publishing transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Alleyne; Andrew Nunes; Will Shaw; Shahrooz Nabavi; Constantinos Ragas; Adam Saskin

Autres avocats clés:

Karam Bayrakal

Les références

‘Overall very strong; oriented towards larger companies. The team has the capability to handle complex agreements on a large scale.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable lawyers in this field; excellent executive presence with clients; clear and concise communications; diversity.’

‘Andrew Nunes – in addition to excellent technical skills and his knowledge of the field and issues, he has excellent communication skills and presence with leadership. He demonstrates patience and understanding when trying to explain legal concepts to business leaders.’

Principaux clients


Economical Insurance Group

Arthur Health

Novarc Technologies

Puzzle Medical


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Metrolinx with the development of a contract regime for its extensive procurement program to modernize the PRESTO payment system.
  • Advised Economical on the Renewal of Master Services Agreement with Kyndryl (successor to IBM Canada).
  • Advised Arthur Health on the termination and replacement of the platform provider for its healthcare technology platform for the delivery of clinic based injury care.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault houses a strong technology practice that specializes in major technology procurements, acquisitions and outsourcing mandates. The team is regularly called upon by banking, insurance, government, energy and retail-sector clients, who also benefit from the group’s privacy and cybersecurity expertise. Toronto-based practice head Christine Ing leads on transactional matters and is knowledgeable on emerging technologies including AI and blockchain. Also in Toronto, Michael Scherman's expertise covers cloud services and licensing. In Montreal, Charles Morgan is noted for his cybersecurity, AI and data protection knowledge. David Crane, who is well-versed in IT procurement, cloud and e-commerce matters, is the key name to note in Vancouver.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christine Ing

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Scherman; Charles Morgan; David Crane

Principaux clients


The Province of BC (Ministry of Finance)

The Province of BC (Ministry of Citizens’ Services)

Canadian Securities Administrators

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP offers support on sophisticated technology and outsourcing transactions. The team advises startups and corporations on matters relating to payment systems, customer and sales data collection, loyalty card programs, logistics,and supply chain management, and is up to speed on areas such as AI, blockchain and robotics. Toronto-based practice head Wendy Gross provides transactional and regulatory expertise, and has substantial knowledge of data protection, e-commerce, anti-spam and consumer protection. Also in Toronto, Michael Fekete is a key contact for privacy and AI matters. Ted Liu is known for advising insurance companies, energy companies and financial institutions on complex outsourcing matters. Alexandra Hodgson in Toronto brings notable support at the associate level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wendy Gross

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Fekete; Ted Liu; Alexandra Hodgson

Principaux clients

Microsoft Canada

Canadian Tire



TMX Group

Infrastructure Ontario

TikTok Canada

University Pension Plan


General Motors of Canada

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

TD Bank


The TDL Group

Tomi Poutanen

City of Toronto

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

Affinity Credit Union


Torys‘s practice demonstrates expertise in outsourcing, fintech, M&A, start-up financing, venture capital, gaming, infrastructure and data licensing matters. The group is frequently instructed by infrastructure, finance, healthcare, energy and real estate clients. Toronto-based partners Adam Armstrong and Joel Ramsey co-lead the team. Armstrong specializes in technology and commercial contracting matters, including complex service arrangements, while Ramsey majors on technology development and procurement, fintech and privacy matters. Ebad Rahman is active on matters involving sponsorship, licensing and naming rights agreements, while Jessica Lumiere is the key name to note at the senior associate level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Armstrong; Joel Ramsey

Autres avocats clés:

Ebad Rahman; Jessica Lumiere

Les références

‘Clients should know that the knowledge about technology that the Torys team has is second to none. Furthermore, their innovations are impressive. Regular client surveys about the Torys work are the norm, even as work is unfolding. Torys also gears its innovations for busy clients on the move. Everything was set up for mobile and the team was available 24/7.’

‘Adam Armstrong has experience and subject expertise that I have never encountered before. His advice was a rare combination of strategic, practical, detail-oriented, and results-focused, and he is also a fabulous negotiator.’

‘Everyone I’ve worked with in this practice has been a cut above. But the true measure of a team is its leader, and Joel Ramsey is as enjoyable to work with as he is brilliant. I’ve worked with him on multiple engagements over the last 15 years, and always recommend him to my clients.’

Principaux clients

Infrastructure Ontario

Lindsay Broadband


Payments Canada

Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Infrastructure Ontario in connection with the preparation and negotiation of a managed security services contract.
  • Advised Lindsay Broadband on its sale to Technetix Group, a global broadband technology provider.
  • Advised 1Password on its acquisition of Passage Identity, a developer-first passwordless authentication company.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's technology group demonstrates strength in commercial agreements, disputes M&A, and cybersecurity, IP, privacy, data protection and regulatory matters. Vancouver-based partner Andrew Hennigar specializes in assisting private companies with domestic and cross-border M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and strategic alliances and partnerships. The focus of Mark Fecenko's Toronto-based practice is on the intersection of technology, procurement and partnering with the private and public sectors. Patrice Martin in Montreal brings skill to such areas as AI and autonomous vehicles.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Hennigar

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Fecenko; Patrice Martin

Principaux clients



Emtelligent Solutions

Exo Imaging

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Marlin Equity Partners

BDC Capital

Assabet Capital Partners

Satisfai Health

Carmanah Technologies

Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Chantier Davie Canada

Goodmans LLP

The group at Goodmans LLP routinely provides counsel on technology acquisitions, investments and financing, outsourcing and cloud computing, dispute resolution, and privacy, IP and regulatory matters. Its diverse client base spans public and private companies, investors, entrepreneurs, lenders, government agencies, software developers, e-commerce companies and internet service providers. The department is co-led by a trio of Toronto-based partners: Richard Corley, who handles complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A and joint ventures; Peter Ruby, who majors on litigation and ADR involving technology, energy, corporate, commercial and restructuring matters; and corporate governance and regulatory compliance-focused Allan Goodman.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Corley; Allan Goodman; Peter Ruby

Les références

‘The team at Goodmans has helped solidify our company’s reputation as a capable, innovative technology company that values excellence. We have been introduced to several lawyers within Goodmans – each with impressive credentials that have been recognized as outstanding by our A-list investors during contract negotiations.’

‘Allan Goodman has provided our company with counsel that has contributed to our successful negotiation of multiple investor agreements.’

Principaux clients



SAP Canada and SAP America

Canaccord Genuity Group

Ceridian HCM Holdings


Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation

Canadian Institute for Exponential Growth (Singularity University Canada)


Round13 Capital

Lending Loop Financial


National Bank Financial

Warren Equity Partners

Dye & Durham

Menasha Packaging Company LLC

10KC Technology

Wiser Solutions

Green Patch


Avanti Software




Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on the structuring, procurement strategy and transaction documents for the modernization of land-based gaming in Ontario.
  • Advised Ten Thousand Coffees (10KC) on its $56m investment from Five Elms Capital.
  • Advised evolution in relation to the closing of $7m in Seed Preferred Share funding from a group of international venture capital partners.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG‘s almost 150-strong technology department routinely assists Canadian and international clients in both the private and public sectors with e-commerce law, M&A transactions, outsourcing and cybersecurity matters. The group is also regularly engaged in projects involving AI, blockchain and fintech. Viona Duncan steers the practice and specializes in assisting clients with M&A and debt and equity financings with technology components, as well as technology contracting matters such as licensing, joint venture, strategic alliance and distribution agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Viona Duncan

Autres avocats clés:

Wendy Wagner

Les références

‘The team at offers a multitude of services in a large amount of practice areas. They have a seamless and integrated local and international team that cooperate between different practice areas to offer the best and most complete client service.’

‘The practice is both very practical and highly responsive. They return timely and business-enabling guidance regardless of the complexity of challenges thrown their way.’

‘Despite her heavy workload, Wendy Wagner is able to deliver high-quality advice based on her own experience and a strong bullpen of partners and associates who support her work.’

Principaux clients



META Platforms

Amazon and Amazon Web Services

Swift Labs

Glia Technologies

ACTO Technologies

Miovision Technologies

McRock Fund II LP

Flahmingo Investments

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as in-house product counsel for Central Product Platforms (META Platforms), managing and mitigating privacy, regulatory, commercial and risk.
  • Advised Amazon providing a broad range of ongoing legal services, government-related and strategic advice including the opening of its data services and fulfilment centres in Canada.
  • Advised Miovision on a funding round that raised $260m in growth funding, and acted as lead and corporate counsel in the acquisition of Rapid Flow Technologies.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Boasting personnel based at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City offices, the technology group at Norton Rose Fulbright is well-versed in technology issues arising from M&A and investments. Senior partner and cybersecurity specialist Imran Ahmad leads the department. Ahmad splits his time between the Montreal and Toronto offices and majors on developing and implementing strategies related to cyber threats, as well as providing legal risk assessments and due diligence services.

Responsables de la pratique:

Imran Ahmad

Les références

‘Strong privacy and commercial legal solutions addressing some of the key issues in our industry.’

Principaux clients



WeCommerce Holdings

Lithion Technologies

FG Financial Group


Coveo Solutions



Amcomri Entertainment


Activision Blizzard



Enthusiast Gaming

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised CAE on its $392.5m purchase of Sabre’s AirCentre operations.
  • Acted for WeCommerce Holdings in connection with its merger with Tiny Capital, a Victoria, BC-based technology holding company with a strategy of acquiring majority stakes in technology-focused businesses around the world, to form Tiny Ltd.
  • Advised Quebec-based Poka on the sale of its shares to IFS World Operations AB (a Swedish enterprise technology company).

Baker McKenzie

The practice at Baker McKenzie offers clients counsel on IT licensing agreements, AI solutions, data governance standards, and broadcasting and media requirements. Toronto-based Theo Ling leads the group and specializes in digital transformation and data governance mandates that involve data privacy and electronic payments elements. Conrad Flaczyk is the key name to note at the associate level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Theodore (Theo) Ling

Autres avocats clés:

Conrad Flaczyk

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

The technology group at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP specializes in assisting tech companies and corporations in other sectors with product life cycles and regulatory issues, in addition to the use of technology services and products. The practice is co-led by Toronto-based Zain Rizvi, who assists tech companies with corporate transactions. Alongside him, Montreal-based Brian Kujavsky focuses on corporate, M&A and securities matters. Alexander Max Jarvie, previously at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, joined the group in November 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zain Rizvi; Brian Kujavsky

Les références

‘Davies has an incredible reputation in Canada as the top firm, with some of the best lawyers in the country. While there are a lot of other great firms, potential clients should know that the level of knowledge and experience with Davies and the people interaction is world-class.’

‘The individuals we work with stand out because they are both incredibly good at what they do but also very personable and relatable. We value the ability to work collaboratively in strategy, planning and execution.’

Principaux clients

Smile CDR


Garnet Labs

MacKinnon, Bennett & Co.





Kensington Private Equity Fund

Meta Investments

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Cordis-X, the lead investor in the C$34m Series A funding round by Puzzle Medical Devices, a medical device company specializing in the development of a minimally invasive long-term hemodynamic transcatheter pump.
  • Acted for Smile CDR in its approximately $30m Series B funding round led by existing investors.
  • Acted for FS Investors in connection with its investment in the Montréal green tech company CarbiCrete.


The over 40-strong team at Dentons is known for assisting clients with matters relating to blockchain, fintech, cryptocurrency, virtual reality and AI, as well as offering regulatory and M&A counsel. Ottawa-based David Little co-heads the group and has focused his practice on venture capital financings. Alongside him, senior counsel Tom Sides co-leads from Edmonton and specializes in technology, intellectual property and privacy matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Little; Tom Sides

Principaux clients

Miovision Technologies Incorporated


Beedie Investments / Beedie Capital

Graphite Ventures

Field Effect Software


Colliers Group International

Hangry Solutions


BDC Capital


The Sampler App


Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation on a Master Network Access and User Agreement (ISP services) and an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services Agreement, for the construction of telecommunications networks in Alberta
  • Advised Kinaxis on its acquisition of MPO, a European headquartered company that offers a unified global cloud-based SaaS platform for multi-party orchestration of orders, inventory and transport.
  • Advised global cyber security company Field Effect on its $34.5m Series A financing led by Edison Partners.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The group at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP regularly advises on technology-related corporate and commercial transactions and venture exits, with particular expertise in gaming, AI, fintech and blockchain matters. An experienced trio comprising Ryan BlackMichael Reid and Morgan McDonald co-leads the group from Vancouver, while Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy heads up the Toronto office. Partner Shea Coulson joined the group from McMillan LLP in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ryan Black; Michael Reid; Morgan McDonald; Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy

Les références

‘Ryan Black is a well-regarded lawyer and is very service-oriented.’

‘DLA Piper has a strong technology practice group. They bring a strong knowledge of technical legal concepts and are quality advocates for their clients.’

‘Morgan McDonald is an excellent lawyer in the areas of emerging technology, venture capital and technology M&A. She is very responsive and has a strong technical ability.’

Principaux clients

Autopro Automation Consultants

Beanfield Technologies


British Columbia Automobile Association

CDW Canada



Difference Capital ‎Financial



Epic Games / Psyonix

eWebinar Labs


FTS Forest Technology Systems

Globalme Localization

Kabam Games

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Match Group


Redcell Games

Relic Entertainment / SEGA Europe

Rocket Lab ‎

Seequent Limited

Tantalus Labs

Wenco International Mining Systems




Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Eldridge Industries in its lead investment with participation from Maverix Private Equity of C$250m into Viral Nation, a Toronto-based digital and social media marketing agency.
  • Assisted the video-sharing platform Rumble with its business combination with CF Acquisition Corp. VI.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The team at Stikeman Elliott LLP specializes in advising domestic tech companies on M&A transactions and assisting international clients investing with their entries into the Canadian market. Toronto-based Wesley Ng steers the practice and majors on e-commerce transactions, advising on blockchain-based products and privacy-related matters. Shawn Smith is active on complex business process outsourcings, service arrangements and domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures involving technology companies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wesley Ng

Autres avocats clés:

Shawn Smith

Principaux clients

Province of Manitoba


GFL Environmental

Cogeco Connexion

Sony Pictures

Aquilini Equities

U.S. Data Mining Group

Smith Financial