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TECHNOLOGY

Innovations in technology touch virtually every corner of our lives. In today’s global, digital business landscape, top-tier organizations use technology and artificial intelligence to recreate themselves to retain a competitive edge – making AI and information technology an extremely competitive space. For companies that invest valuable time and capital innovating, the financial stakes can be incredibly high. No matter what industry you are in or what products you deliver, evolving technologies are a catalyst to economic growth. With zero carbon emissions being the global goal by 2050, identifying technology solutions to reduce the carbon footprint is big business. Across industries, clean technology companies are bringing sustainable energy and clean technology solutions to market to reduce the toll on the environment.

Leaders who develop technology and industry leaders who use technology to improve their product and service offerings look for law firms they can trust to successfully navigate the legal complexities behind quickly bringing products to market. McMillan LLP’s Technology team of lawyers are reputed for their strategic legal and business acumen, their extensive knowledge of laws and regulations that govern commercialization, and their ability to quickly build top tier teams to get to the end goal efficiently. Tell us about your vision. We’ll get you there.

Many technology lawyers at McMillan have worked in IT themselves, giving them an in-depth understanding of the links between highly technical issues and the laws and regulations that govern commercialization. We help companies of all sizes across sectors successfully navigate the myriad of legal complexities so they can effectively bring their technological innovations to market. Our clients include a full range of technology industry players, including emerging and established hardware and software companies, outsourcing firms, networking and other IT service providers who specialize in data management and security. McMillan also has lawyers who specialize in e-commerce, blockchain and fintech as well as aeronautics, biotechnology and life sciences. No matter what industry you’re in, we’re the legal partner you need to succeed.

EXPERTS IN LAW, BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

McMillan’s Group of Technology Lawyers help  technology companies, and companies introducing technology products and services specific to their industry, at every stage of development.  If you’re at the beginning of your innovation journey, we have vast experience building entity structures, ensuring your intellectual property is protected and helping secure financing through angel or venture capital investments. We also facilitate optimal growth through public offerings, joint ventures, licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and, when necessary, dispute resolution.

In addition to deep industry knowledge, all McMillan lawyers work hard to maintain a trusted network of professional peers. Our technology lawyers have invaluable contacts in the investment, regulatory and technology communities, enabling us to provide a full range of services to virtually every applied technology sector. We are also the only Canadian law firm with a government relations arm, McMillan Vantage Policy Group, equipping us with the ability to better understand and even help shape the regulations that govern the sector. Whether you’re a privately owned company intent on leading the way through innovation, a company seeking to go public, or a mature enterprise navigating consistent shareholder and stakeholder scrutiny, we can help.

McMillan helps technology players lead in their industry by:

  • Negotiating licensing and distribution arrangements
  • Advising on venture capital, debt or equity financing arrangements
  • Negotiating joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Advising on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and Initial Public Offerings
  • Drafting licensing agreements, contracts, and technology transfer agreements
  • Drafting professional services agreements related to technology implementation projects
  • Drafting employment agreements and structuring option plans to protect ownership of technology
  • Litigating intellectual property and technology ownership disputes
  • Advising on regulatory issues such as privacy

Primary Contacts

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Lyndsay A. Wasser

Partner, Privacy & Data Protection | Employment & Labour Relations

Paul Barbeau

Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Markets & Securities

Bruce Chapple

Partner, Private Equity & Venture Capital | Mergers & Acquisitions

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