Canada: TMT 2017

Here we highlight 55 private practice lawyers are highlighted for their vast experience representing telecoms and media and IT companies in transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Beardwood Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
2. Charles Morgan McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal
3. Barry Sookman McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
4. Fraser Mann Mann Symons Law Office, Toronto
5. Hank Intven McCarthy Tétrault, Vancouver

With eight listed practitioners, FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN occupies a prominent position at the forefront of the Canadian market.
“Technology superstar” John Beardwood excels as a negotiator in complex cross-border transactions including outsourcing and service agreements. He enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market and is a trusted representative to a broad range of major clients.
Laurence Dunbar is widely regarded as “one of the leading experts for telecom and broadcasting work”. He provides superb strategic counsel and impresses peers with his deep regulatory expertise.
Stephen Whitehead is a strong name in the telecoms space, and is highlighted for his superb work handling a wide array of communications law matters.

Research highlights seven outstanding lawyers from BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON.
Sunny Handa is “at the top of the pyramid” for M&A transactions, commercial agreements and regulatory matters in the technology and communications industries. “He is at the top of his game”, say peers.
Cheryl Slusarchuk is “by far the top tech lawyer in the Vancouver market”, according to market commentators. She draws praise for her expertise in technology transactions and cloud computing solutions.
The “extremely experienced and commercial” Christine Ing is an esteemed expert in commercial transactions in the IT sector.
Market sources describe Sheldon Burshtein as “a leading figure in the IP and technology space”. He is extremely responsive and is highlighted for his vast expertise handling technology and media transactions.

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT is a force to be reckoned with in the region and achieves six listings in this chapter.
Barry Sookman “is very prominent in the field” and is held in high esteem for his immense expertise in IT, internet and e-commerce law.
Hank Intven is a longstanding telecoms expert, who draws praise for his broad international experience and the effective counsel he delivers to a range of major clients.
Charles Morgan is a leading figure in the IT market, renowned for his superb negotiation of complex commercial transactions.  He has broad industry expertise and “knows everything about outsourcing and where the market is at”.
“TMT pioneer” George Takach is widely recommended for his brilliant work in relation to commercial transactions and IT procurement.

Four lawyers from GOODMANS are recognised here.
Peter Ruby is a renowned technology litigator who is highlighted for his “excellent counsel, swift answers and brilliant ideas”.
Richard Corley is “a top name for technology law”. He impresses market sources with his “tremendous” expertise in outsourcing and M&A transactions.

OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT performs well in this year’s research and achieves four listings in this chapter.
Wendy Gross is a prominent expert in technology law, whose “in-house experience has proved very valuable and has given her a lot of strength” in sophisticated commercial transactions.
Data privacy expert Adam Kardash impresses clients with “his thoughtful and contextualised advice, which pays particular attention to business imperatives. His counsel is timely and to the point, so we can promptly act on it.”

Specialist IT and IP firm DEETH WILLIAMS WALL sees three star practitioners listed here.  
Amy-Lynne Williams receives wide-ranging endorsements for her deep knowledge of outsourcing transactions and e-commerce matters. Peers describe her as “one of Canada’s pre-eminent technology law practitioners”.
The “excellent” Michael Erdle is a revered disputes specialist with strong expertise in the IT and e-commerce arena.
Richard Austin is a renowned IT specialist and “really knows his stuff” when it comes to data security and compliance. Peers speak particularly highly of his work in IT governance and anti-spam law.  

Canadian firm AIRD & BERLIS sees two practitioners listed this year.
The “excellent” Donald Johnston is a longstanding expert in technology law and data privacy, who stands out for his detail-orientated and client-focused approach.
Stephen Zolf is highly visible in the market. He draws praise for his regulatory expertise in the telecom sector and strategic commercial advice.  

At Toronto-based technology boutique MANN SYMONS LAW OFFICE, Fraser Mann stands out as “a leading authority” in IT law matters including data privacy, security and procurement.

HAYES ELAW founding partner Mark Hayes is “a very significant player” in the Canadian market. He enjoys a superb reputation for his terrific work in IT and data privacy.

Full-service firm TORKIN MANES is home to Lisa Lifshitz, who impresses clients with her “practical and meticulous approach to complicated legal issues”.

Ariane Siegel is a “highly recommended” practitioner at SIGNAL HILL DIGITAL LAW, who stands out for her regulatory expertise in the telecoms sector.

Lorne Saltzman, independent practitioner at LORNE SALTZMAN LAW OFFICE, is a well-known figure in the telecoms market, highlighted for his extensive regulatory expertise and knowledge of competition law.

At BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS, Bradley Freedman is noted for his well-established dispute resolution practice and expert handling of complex corporate transactions. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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