Technology, Media & Entertainment

Key Contacts

Reiter Barry High Resolution Image Barry J. Reiter
Partner, Head of Technology, Media and Entertainment
T: 416.777.6500
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Solway Gary High Resolution Image Gary S.A. Solway
Partner
T: 416.777.6555
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“Bennett Jones' TME Group shares OMERS Ventures' commitment to the technology sector and its importance to Canada's future. They have a deep understanding of the technology ecosystem based on their long-standing commitment to the space, and provide strong advisory support for our firm's investments in technology ventures.”
- John Ruffolo, Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures

Bennett Jones' TME Group consists of a group of dedicated legal professionals in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. We are focused on providing services and expertise designed to enhance the prospects of our TME clients. We deliver high quality legal services with an entrepreneurial approach.

While the TME Group offers the intimacy and responsiveness of a small firm, we also draw on the resources of Bennett Jones' approximately 400 lawyers and legal professionals for their experience in the broad range of legal matters that are relevant to our TME clients.

We develop and maintain stable, long-term relationships between each client and one of our lawyers who acts as a single point of contact. The contact person will introduce and coordinate other Bennett Jones lawyers in any specialty disciplines needed by our TME clients.

The TME industry is characterized by collaboration and networks. As long-time participants in the space, we have developed an extensive network of contacts in Canada and beyond, and we make these contacts available to our clients. Our network includes financing sources (angel, venture capital, private equity and strategic investors, investment banks and commercial banks), government agencies and professionals in related fields (accountants, lawyers, recruiters, marketing and business development experts, proxy solicitors, and investor and public relations consultants). These are people with whom we have worked over many years and whom we recommend with confidence.

Our TME Group has worked with hundreds of TME businesses over more than 20 years. We deliver that experience to every client by recommending best practices and helping them to avoid costly mistakes with customized advice. There is no substitute for the experience of having seen particular approaches succeed, or fail.

“I've worked with the Bennett Jones TME Group since starting the business. They are an integral part of my advisor team. They are more than just lawyers. They think strategically like business people, and help me anticipate and avoid potholes in the road ahead.”
- Yung Wu, Executive Chairman, Fuse Powered

Services

We service all legal needs. If we have a conflict or do not have the required skillset in-house, we will recommend another suitable professional, and provide you with a warm introduction.

“The TME Group gives me access to the depth and skills of a large Bay Street business law firm, delivering prompt and efficient round-the-clock service, focused on the needs of my technology company. Not only do they answer the call or email any time of day or night – they provide me with a practical answer to the question or introduce me to someone who can.”
- Marzio Pozzuoli, Founder, RuggedCom

We focus on rapidly growing TME businesses, built on proprietary technology, content or information, that are intended to compete internationally. Sectors in which we are active include the following:

  • software and hardware
  • life sciences, medical services and medical devices
  • advanced manufacturing
  • film and television
  • telecommunications
  • big data
  • Internet, social media, gaming and e-commerce
  • business intelligence

We offer legal services geared specifically to meeting the distinct needs of TME businesses throughout their lifecycle, including the following:

  • corporate finance from private and public (government) sources
  • shareholder and partnership arrangements
  • employment, including employment agreements, proprietary rights agreements, stock option plans and other incentive arrangements
  • private securities financings, including seed, angel and venture capital
  • public securities financings, including IPOs, secondary offerings and PIPES
  • stock exchange listings
  • tax, including personal tax planning and corporate international tax structures
  • corporate governance, including special committees and enhancing board effectiveness
  • director and officer protection, including director and officer indemnities and insurance
  • mergers and acquisitions on behalf of targets, acquirors (domestic and foreign), shareholders and special committees of targets
  • takeover defences and protections
  • technology contracting, including licensing, subscription services (SAAS) and outsourcing
  • intellectual property protection, internally and externally, including trade secrets, patents, trademarks, copyright, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, proprietary rights agreements, non-competition agreements and licensing arrangements
  • commercial partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • production and distribution agreements, including film and television
  • advertising, promotion, marketing, packaging and labelling
  • food and drug regulatory applications, approvals and agreements
  • shareholder disputes for private and public companies, including proxy battles
  • litigation, including defamation
  • insolvency and restructuring strategies
  • international trade, including export control
  • government relations and policy

We also act for Canadian and foreign venture capital funds in fund formation, portfolio investments and portfolio exits, and for investment banks on public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions and other public market activities of TME businesses.

Fees

We do not compete on the basis of fees, but rather on the basis of value for money. However, our training and staffing practices mean that we are efficient and affordable. We deliver responsible client service by providing prompt, practical and cost-efficient advice to our clients. We offer customized fee arrangements to early-stage companies, recognizing their limited financial resources and potential for future growth.

“The Bennett Jones team was with me throughout the growth cycle of Alliance Atlantis. They are with me again as we are building the Blue Ant Media business.”
- Michael MacMillan, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ant Media

Recognition

Lexpert conducted a peer review survey of Canadian technology transactions lawyers and published the results in January 2014. Bennett Jones was recognized as the leading Canadian technology transactions firm, with 4 of 10 of the leading technology transactions lawyers listed (double the number of any other firm). The chart below shows the leading position of Bennett Jones in the Toronto market as determined by Lexpert based on its survey results.

Lexpert Technology - Toronto Bull's Eye

Bennett Jones was also named the 2014 winner of the Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award for Technology Transactions Law Firm of the Year in Canada.

2014 Corporate INTL Global Awards

Representative TME Clients

  • Algorithmics
  • Alliance Atlantis
  • Alothon Funds
  • Analytics For Life
  • Avotus
  • Basis100
  • Battery Technologies
  • BCE Publishing
  • Beehive5
  • Bertech Pharma
  • BEST Funds
  • BlackBerry/Research in Motion
  • Blue Ant Media
  • Blue Pear Ventures
  • Book4Time
  • Burntsand
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • Canadian Satellite Communications
  • Canadian Venture Capital Association
  • Cantel
  • CanWest
  • Centah
  • CHUM
  • Cimtek
  • City TV
  • CML Healthcare
  • Cognos
  • Corel
  • CORUS Entertainment
  • Digital Fairway
  • Dimethaid
  • Direct Energy
  • DirecTV
  • Dropdeck
  • DWL
  • Echoworx
  • eCommera
  • Eco Waste
  • ELab
  • Electric Spin
  • Embanet
  • Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Entertainment One
  • Finisar
  • First Data
  • Flashstock Technology
  • Foragen
  • Fuse
  • Geminare
  • Genpharm
  • Globalive
  • Google
  • Hearst Publishing
  • Hotspex
  • Husky Injection Molding
  • Hydrogenics
  • Icera
  • Igloo
  • Institutional Limited Partners Association
  • INVISTA
  • iNovia Capital
  • Klick Health
  • Klondex
  • Kneebone
  • Lava
  • Lionsgate Entertainment
  • Lorus
  • MaxLink
  • McLean Watson
  • MediaTube
  • mDialog
  • Medi Solutions
  • Milestone Medica
  • MOSAID
  • Motorola
  • Movie Distribution Income Fund
  • Neulion
  • Netcom Canada
  • Netscape
  • Neurospheres
  • NFQ Ventures
  • Novopharm
  • NRX Global
  • Nutribev
  • OMERS Ventures
  • Oncolytics Biotech
  • Optech
  • Opterus
  • Peace Arch
  • Pharos Life
  • Primaxis
  • Priveq II
  • Prophix
  • PSE Sports & Entertainment
  • Q9 Networks
  • Quebecor
  • QuIC Financial Technologies
  • r/ally
  • ratiopharm
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RBC Technology Ventures
  • REGEN
  • RepeatSeat
  • Rogers Communications
  • Route1
  • RuggedCom
  • SAMSys
  • Skymeter
  • SkyPower
  • SMART Technologies
  • Somerset
  • SONY Entertainment
  • Spatial View
  • Sphinx Productions
  • Spin Master
  • Synacor
  • Syncapse
  • Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Teknion
  • Telepanel
  • Telus
  • Teva Canada
  • The Upside Foundation
  • Thoma Bravo
  • Thomas Weisel
  • TigerTel
  • Triversity
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph
  • University Health Network
  • VenGrowth
  • Ventures West
  • Voxcom
  • Wind Mobile
  • Workbrain
  • Yahoo.ca

Select Experience

  • Special Committee of Halogen Software Inc., in connection with a $293 million acquisition by way of plan of arrangement. Read more
  • OMERS Ventures LP in connection with its participation in the $24 million financing round of Ranovus.
  • OMERS Ventures LP in connection with its $6 million investment in Vidyard.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • 2016, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Information Technology

    "They are big, professional and their work is solid and accurate."
  • 2015, Acquisition International Legal Awards

    Bennett Jones, awarded Best in Technology Law - Canada

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