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Graeme S. Harrison


Corporate, Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.3250

Graeme Harrison advises Canadian and international businesses on a broad range of intellectual property and technology matters, including commercial technology transactions, technology and IP-related aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, strategic intellectual property and technology structures, emerging technology issues, and related corporate and commercial matters. 

Graeme regularly structures and negotiates commercial arrangements in relation to the development, licensing, transfer and distribution of technology and intellectual property by established businesses in a wide variety of sectors, as well as arrangements related to procurement and outsourcing.  Graeme advises on technology and intellectual property issues in relation to mergers and acquisitions, including deal structure, IP and software due diligence, and risk mitigation and allocation in the context of large and complicated transactions, and has M&A sector-specific experience in relation to financial services technologies, software, hardware, as-a-service platforms, energy and power, infrastructure technologies, media and entertainment, and life sciences technologies, among others.  Graeme also advises clients in relation to the formation and operation of strategic technology arrangements, including joint ventures, vend-in limited partnerships, incubators, commercialization structures, and a number of other novel and creative business organizations.

Businesses benefit from Graeme's strong technical and legal understanding of emerging technologies, including public ledger and blockchain-type systems, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies and digital assets, platforms-as-a-service, software-as-a-service and cloud computing, distributed computing, decentralized financial systems, autonomous organizations, open source and semi-open source software, open-API systems, social media, user-generated assets, the Internet of things, machine intelligence and deep computing, and data aggregation and mining systems, among others.  Graeme has significant experience advising both startups and major businesses in relation to the novel issues emerging technologies pose.  Graeme has also advised clients in relation to the regulatory issues surrounding emerging technologies in a variety of sectors.

Graeme regularly writes and speaks on a number of technology-related matters, and has recently focused on "Canada's Anti-Spam Law," also known as CASL, a misnamed statute that regulates nearly all Internet- and technology-related interactions between businesses and consumers in Canada.

Graeme currently serves on the board of TELUS Spark, Calgary's science centre. 

Select Experience

  • TriWest Capital Partners, one of Canada's leading private equity firms, in connection with the acquisition of Prostar Well Service Inc. and Prostar Manufacturing Inc. (formerly Rangeland Drilling Automation Inc.) Read more
  • Repsol S.A. in connection with the proposed $15.1 billion acquisition of Talisman Energy Inc. Read more
  • Enerbuilt Technologies Inc., in connection with the sale of all of its assets and business to Flameless Solutions Inc., a related entity to WesternOne Inc., a reporting issuer, for consideration of cash and securities of WesternOne Inc., and related pre-closing reorganization of Enerbuilt Technologies Inc.

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