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Tech Summit 2013 Recap – Innovation in Cloud

Posted in Contracting/Outsourcing, Privacy

At McCarthy Tétrault’s 3rd Annual Technology Law Summit, moderator Barry Sookman, and panelists John LeBlanc of Scotiabank and David Crane of McCarthy Tétrault, lead a discussion on procuring and contracting for cloud based services. Top takeaway tips from the session include:

Cloud is Everywhere: Be cognisant that software and services that use the cloud may be in use in your organization without your legal team’s knowledge – including employee teams using collaboration or information tools (like dropbox or for small projects or one-off uses that haven’t gone through a typical procurement process (or legal review). Another example … Continue Reading

Tech Law Summit Recap – Trends in Tech M&A and Tips for Sellers from a Strategic Buyer

Posted in M&A/Finance

During the Tech M&A/Corporate Finance panel at McCarthy Tétrault’s second annual Toronto Technology Law Summit, Ian Palm shared the results of a study into trends and opportunities in the Canadian M&A market, including trends in deal volume, value, geographic origin, and sector. Four of the key takeaways from the study were:

  1. Canadian M&A activity in the technology sector, particularly in the mid-market, continues to be robust despite challenging economic times.
  2. The “nuclear winter” experienced in recent years by venture capital in Canada is showing signs that it is beginning to thaw.
  3. Cash rich tech companies are looking for ways to
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