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Michael  Fekete

Michael Fekete

Partner, Technology

Co-Chair: Technology

Key Contact: eHealth

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management


Contact Information

mfekete@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6792

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1993

Education
  • University of British Columbia, LL.B.
  • Carleton University, B.A.
Language(s)
English

Michael is co-chair of our Technology Group. He has extensive experience advising on e-commerce, privacy, information technology and outsourcing matters. Michael represents industry leading and emerging IT service providers, software publishers, hardware manufacturers, online vendors and other technology focused enterprises. Michael also serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Affairs Forum of the Information Technology Association of Canada.

    • Represented large, international energy company on large technology licensing transaction in connection with strategic oil sands alliance and mining project.
    • Represented service providers in the negotiation of major onshore and offshore outsourcing transactions.
    • Represented service providers in complex systems integration design, build and integrate projects.
    • Negotiated complex strategic alliance arrangements between large participants in the technology sector.
    • Negotiated complex third party logistics services arrangements in the health care sector.
    • Represented online services providers in addressing cross-border data issues with public sector customers.
    • Advised clients on numerous government procurement projects, including complex licensing and integration projects and procurement reform initiatives.
    • Addressed complex open source software and other IP/IT issues in acquisitions of technology assets and technology companies.
    • Addressed new media, IP, privacy and e-commerce issues in the delivery of online services and cloud computing.
    • Assisted clients successfully respond to complaints made to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
    • Assisted clients respond to legislative proposals in respect of cross-border privacy matters, spam and spyware.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017, Consistently Recommended in the area of Computer & IT Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2002-2017, Repeatedly recommended in the area of Technology Transactions.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2008-2017, recognized in the area of  Information Technology.
    • "…[Michael] really cares about his clients and provides thoughtful and considered advice."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Information Technology.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2017, recognized in the area of Information Technology Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2009-2017, recognized in the area of Technology Law.
  • Who’s Who Legal:  Telecommunications Media & Technology 2016
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2003-2016, Repeatedly recommended in the area of Computer & IT Law.
  • Expert Guides, 2015, recognized in the area of Information Technology.

  • Give A Day for World AIDS, Co-Chair of legal community fundraising campaign in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International (2006-Present).

  • Information Technology Association of Canada (Co-Chair of Legal Affairs Forum)
  • Computer Law Association
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group
  • IT/Can Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • CASL Workshop – Installation of Computer Programs, AccessPrivacy, September 19, 2014.
  • CASL Compliance and Risk Mitigation Strategies, Canadian anti-spam legislation workshop organized by IT World Canada as part of the CanadianCIO Executive Education Series, May 22, 2014.
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Law – The Countdown Begins, Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, January 27, 2014.
  • Cloud Computing: Identifying the Opportunities and Overcoming the Risks (Panellist), Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013, February 8, 2013.
  • Canada’s New Anti-Spam and Anti-Spyware Regime - Why You Need to Get Ready Now, Osler Webinar - September 2011
  • The Implications of Canada’s Anti-Spam Regime on Marketing Initiatives, April, 2011
  • Open Source and Creative Commons Licensing Understanding and Mitigating the Risks, March, 2011
  • Why Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law Matters to All Email Marketers, February, 2011
  • Anti-Spyware Rules to Cover Malicious Software and Much More, Canadian Privacy Law Review, August 2010.
  • Broad anti-spam and anti-spyware Bill would expose legitimate enterprises to significant penalties, Canadian Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property, July/August 2010.
  • Privacy Law in Canada, Doing Business in Canada (Osler), March 2009.
  • Managing Cross-Border Privacy Issues in Outsourcing and IT Transactions (presentation), The Canadian Institute’s Privacy Compliance Group, May 28, 2008.
  • Cross-Border Privacy Issues in the Era of the USA PATRIOT Act (presentation), Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group, January 31, 2008.
  • Open Source Software: Understanding and Managing the Risks, April 20, 2005.
  • Keeping Secrets: The Growing Challenge of Protecting Data in Outsourcing and Service Provider Arrangements, ACC Docket, November/December 2004.