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Michael  Fekete

Michael Fekete

Partner, Technology
National Innovation Leader

Key Contact: eHealth

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management

Key Contact: Technology


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 Osler’s National Innovation Leader and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Group. He practices as a member of the Technology Group. Michael represents industry leading and emerging IT service providers, software publishers, hardware manufacturers, online vendors and other technology focused enterprises. He has extensive experience in all areas of information technology, with sub-specialties in cloud computing, government procurement, and privacy. Michael is actively involved in numerous public policy initiatives related to technology and data, including Canada’s national data strategy, artificial intelligence, procurement modernization and privacy. He works closely with the Information Technology Association of Canada on many of these initiatives.

    • 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.

  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Information Technology; Ranked in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers: Information Technology
    • "…[Michael] really cares about his clients and provides thoughtful and considered advice."
  • Lexpert: Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Computer & IT Law, Technology Transactions
  • Legal 500: Ranked in The Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer, Technology Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: International - Data - Data Privacy & Protection, Telecommunications Media & Technology; Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Data
  • Best Lawyers: Ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada: Information Technology Law, Technology Law, and Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Acritas Stars: Recognized as a Star Lawyer

  • 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
  • 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.