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Canada: TMT 2016

We identify 48 practitioners in this year’s chapter, which focuses on the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. The following individuals have a diverse range of focus, including regulatory matters, data protection and privacy, e-commerce, outsourcing and licensing deals. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Lisa Lifshitz Torkin Manes, Toronto
John Beardwood Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Charles Morgan McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal
Laurence Dunbar Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Ottawa
Amy-Lynne Williams Deeth Williams Wall, Toronto
Barry Sookman McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
Wendy Gross Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto
Fraser Mann Mann Symons Law Office, Toronto
Richard Corley Goodmans, Toronto
George Takach McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon scores highly in this chapter. Christine Ing, co-practice leader of the IT group, is regarded as “a go-to lawyer” for outsourcing and licensing arrangements”. Fellow co-head Sunny Handa is a noted expert, who “really knows his stuff” in relation to commercial and corporate matters in the sector. Wendy Mee is regarded as “a first-rate privacy lawyer”. Meanwhile, Cheryl Slusarchuk is recommended for her technology transactions practice, with particular expertise in outsourcing, e-commerce and cloud computing projects. One peer describes her as an “excellent dealmaker”.

McCarthy Tétrault has a strong showing, including three of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research. IT practice group head and co-head of the firm’s privacy and data protection group Charles Morgan is seen as “a thought leader” in the IT sector. Peers agree that he is “one of the most important players in the market”. Barry Sookman is renowned in the market as a “pioneer” in the field of IT, IP and privacy law. He has previously been co-chair of the firm’s technology law group and was head of its internet and electronic commerce group. He continues to be one of Canada’s most respected practitioners. George Takach has expertise in corporate and commercial transactions for technology companies, including licensing, IT procurement and cloud computing projects, as well as related privacy issues. He is seen as “one of the most senior and respected lawyers in the technology space”. Grant Buchanan specialises in broadcast and telecom regulation, where he provides “acute market understanding and commercial awareness”.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin sees five practitioners named this year, including some of the best-known names in the market. John Beardwood is one of our thought leaders and is considered “one of the finest technology lawyers in the business”. He focuses on technology transactions and privacy law. Laurence Dunbar is the chair of the communications law practice group and is considered to be “one of the leading telecoms regulatory lawyers” in the market. He advises both domestic and international carriers, public utilities and telecoms providers. Stephen Whitehead provides expertise in communications, finance and high technology and has advised on foreign ownership restrictions to Canadian telecoms companies, outsourcing and procurement issues.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt’s technology co-chair Wendy Gross is recommended for her expertise in corporate and commercial transactions relating to technology products including cloud computing, e-commerce and IP matters. According to one observer, “She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and offers unique solutions to client’s problems.” Fellow co-chair Michael Fekete focuses on e-commerce, privacy and outsourcing matters. He has represented some of the leading Canadian IT service providers and is widely seen as “a key figure” among peers.

Head of Goodmans’ outsourcing group Richard Corley is one of the highest-regarded practitioners in our research. His practice focuses on the intersection between law and technology and he has over 25 years of experience in commercial, corporate and competition law matters related to technology. He is described as a “tremendous lawyer who is at the top of his practice area”. Michael Koch is a “highly skilled operator” in the field of telecommunications, where he has been involved in establishing the competition framework for the Canadian telecommunications industry in his role as counsel to the CRTC. He represents clients before multiple administrative tribunals at the highest levels of the Canadian court system.

At Deeth Williams Wall, founding partner Amy-Lynne Williams is considered an “excellent lawyer” who has represented both producers and users of IT services in the private and public sector. She has expertise in outsourcing transactions, e-payment agreements, e-commerce and privacy law. Fellow founder Michael Erdle focuses mainly on licensing issues and dispute resolution in the technology space. He provides “a great depth of information about the sector”. Richard Austin is described by one peer as “one of my best competitors: very well organised and a consummate negotiator". He is very visible in technology transactions, as well as privacy and security issues.

Torkin Manes’ Lisa Lifshitz is leader of the firm’s technology, privacy and data management group. One respondent says of her: “Lisa has a deep knowledge and a passion for the subject matter. She is detail-oriented and always puts the client’s interests first.”

Fraser Mann of Mann Symons Law Office is noted by peers as “a top lawyer in the technology space”. He focuses primarily on procurement, e-health and IP law and has advised clients in both the public and private sectors.

Co-leader of the technology team Donald B Johnston is recognised for his experience in all aspects of technology including transactions, procurement and data protection. He has "a depth of knowledge in the technology industry and commercial flair".

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