Michael  Fekete

Michael Fekete

Partner, Technology

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management

Key Contact: Commercial Technology Transactions

Key Contact: Artificial Intelligence

Key Contact: Drones

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tel: 416.862.6792



Michael is a partner in the Technology Group. He is a leading practitioner in the area of information technology, government procurement, Internet, and privacy/anti-spam law and is recognized in all major peer rankings. 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.

  • SK On

    SK On in connection with an $1.2 billion investment with Ford and EcoPro BM in the Province of Québec

    • Microsoft in its acquisition of Two Hat
    • Madison Dearborn Partners in its acquisition of the APM Group International
    • 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
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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Information Technology 
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers: Recognized in Information Technology
    • "…[Michael] really cares about his clients and provides thoughtful and considered advice."
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Computer & IT Law; Technology Transactions; Data Protection & Privacy
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Information Technology Law, Technology Law, and Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Technology Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in International - Data - Data Privacy & Protection, Telecommunications Media & Technology; Recognized in Canada - Data
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out 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.