Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Information Technology Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Well-established practice with a strong track record of handling a diverse array of IT mandates, including regulatory matters and transactions. Acts for a range of high-end technology companies and major corporate clients in the financial services and retail space, as well as emerging tech start-ups. Also advises on commercial agreements, outsourcing and licensing issues.

Strengths Sources regularly highlight the lawyers for their commercial approach, one remarking: "Their ability to understand our business and grasp the unique risk issues is a major strength."

Work highlights Advised Tencent on the launch of mobile video games in Canada.

Notable practitioners

Situated in the Toronto office, David Feldman joins this year's rankings following a raft of praise from sources. He frequently advises on outsourcing matters, recently representing technology companies and clients in the energy and banking sectors. One satisfied client said that "his ability to work through and communicate extremely complex technical subjects and produce rapid and clear drafting language was exemplary."

Robert Percival is characterised as "proficient, practical and business-minded" by one source. He has a solid track record in transactional work as well as in handling cloud computing and blockchain mandates.

Practice head Sunny Handa is a strong practitioner with a wealth of experience in tech M&A. He also advises on matters concerning e-commerce, licensing and outsourcing. Sources regard him as "extremely pragmatic" and a "problem solver."