Rish Handa maintains a dynamic business law practice assisting established and emerging companies in the private equity and technology industries. Experienced in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, Rish also has significant expertise in privacy law, data protection and intellectual property law.

In addition to advising technology clients on intellectual property licensing arrangements as well as commercialization and funding arrangements, Rish provides guidance on privacy, cybersecurity, anti-spam compliance, and patent / copyright matters. With a background in computer science, Rish understands highly technical concepts, which is a benefit to his clients in various technology-based industries, such as the video game and smartphone industries.

Rish’s corporate / commercial practice involves large- and mid-cap acquisitions and divestitures, shareholder arrangements and financings. Experienced in cross-border transactions involving US parties, Rish also advises on a variety of day-to-day commercial matters, including sales and distribution arrangements, and service agreements.

Before joining McMillan, Rish practised business and information technology law at another Canadian firm.

Representative Matters

Regularly advise on intellectual property, information technology, privacy, and data security in M&A transactions.

  • Share acquisition of SaaS platform for computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software provider by private equity firm.
  • Share acquisition of information governance and compliance software provider by US eDiscovery software provider.
  • Share acquisition of imaging and document management software provider by US oil and gas software provider.
  • Share acquisition of healthcare imaging software provider by Australian enterprise imaging software provider.
  • Share acquisition of a consulting service provider specializing in risk and loss assessment by global competitor.
  • Share acquisition of medical diagnostic software provider by private equity firm ($600m+).
  • Share acquisition of large North-American furniture manufacturer by private equity firm ($200m+).
  • Share acquisition of nondestructive testing equipment manufacturer by private equity firm ($100m+).
  • Share acquisition of translation software provider by private equity firm.
  • Share acquisition of technology services and consulting provider by private equity firm.
  • Advised on IP, privacy, and export controls in the acquisition of a Canadian electronics manufacturer.
  • Advised on impact of data breach as part of share acquisition.
  • Advised on privacy aspects of a sale of a clinical packaging business.

Regularly advise on services contracts, including related licensing and support arrangements.

  • Drafted products and services contract, including related software license agreement, and software maintenance and support agreement for solutions for petroleum and propane distribution industries.
  • Drafted master services arrangement for the development of smart home products in the residential real estate sector.
  • Advised on master services arrangement for a data analytics service provider in a service/licensing deal with a large airline.
  • Advised on software services arrangements between platform provider and multiple municipal governments.
  • Advised on software services arrangements between platform provider and the Canadian automotive industry.
  • Advised on development and licensing arrangement of software portal for a multi-national industry association, including an option to purchase.

Regularly advise on privacy law, cybersecurity, and anti-spam law (CASL).

  • Advised on application of Canadian and Quebec privacy law to global, intra-company transfers of data and personal information.
  • Advised on privacy practices involving personal health information, telematics, location information, and other sensitive information.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for voice recognition systems and services.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for temperature detection systems during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for airlines.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for customer databases and member directories.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for employment application website tool.
  • Advised on privacy requirements for cross-border franchise operations.
  • Regularly draft and review Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for Canadian (including Quebec) compliance.
  • Regularly draft and review data handling agreements (DHAs).

Regularly advise on intellectual property licensing matters.

  • Drafted IP license agreement for patented technologies and product portfolios.
  • Drafted IP license agreements to allow use of celebrity IP in association with cannabis products.
  • Drafted IP license agreement for wafer processing technology for use in semiconductor fabs.
  • Drafted limited software distribution and license agreement for the distribution of scientific development software via the Internet on an on-demand basis.
  • Drafted joint venture agreement for co-licensing of ore processing technologies in the mining industry.
  • Advised on license agreement for ore processing technology in the mining industry.
  • Advised on software evaluation agreement between developer and large operating system developer / application platform provider.
  • Advised on integrator agreement for product supplier in the transportation industry.
  • Regularly draft and review EULAs.

Regularly advise on other intellectual property and regulatory matters.

  • Regularly draft and advise on IP assignment agreements.
  • Drafted joint venture agreement for off-shore online gaming operation.
  • Advised on web scraping to a multi-national industry association.
  • Advised on eSports and online gaming activities in Quebec.

Regularly advise on telecommunications and other regulatory matters.

  • Advised on transmission facility and reseller registration requirements.
  • Advised on the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, including the Do Not Call List (DNCL) rules and Automatic Dialing-Announcing Devices (ADAD) rules.

Other matters.

  • Regularly advise on vendor and customer supply agreements.
  • Regularly advise on non-disclosure agreements and matters of confidentiality.
  • Draft distribution agreement for personal protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised on Center of Excellence agreement in partnership with a public body.


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Awarded School of Law Studentship (full scholarship), Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, University of London (U.K.), 2007-2010

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Science & Technology Law Section
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Board member, Young Alumni Board, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • UBC Alumni Executive Committee (Montreal Section)
  • Co-founder of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property (QMJIP)

Education & Admissions

Called to the Québec bar
Called to the Ontario bar
Canadian Securities Law and Practice Intensive CourseOsgoode Hall Law School
University of London (U.K.), PhD researchQueen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute
LLMMcGill University
LLBUniversity of British Columbia
B.Sc., Computer Science & BusinessMcGill University


Insights by Rish Handa (3 Posts)

Featured Insight

Bill 64: Modernizing Québec’s Privacy Regime

Bill 64: Modernizing Québec's Privacy Regime

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Jul 23, 2020
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Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent: Incoming Changes to the Intellectual Property Landscape

New intellectual property provisions passed into law following Canada's ratification of the "new NAFTA", the
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

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Mar 24, 2020
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Canada’s New Internet Code

The CRTC has established a mandatory code of conduct, regarding consumer contracts for fixed retail Internet
services, which comes into effect January 31, 2020.

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Nov 29, 2019