Legal Issues Facing Early-stage Technology Companies

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September 26, 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

McMillan LLP
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400, 181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto is full of exciting and innovative early-stage technology companies each looking to succeed and each facing a number of hurdles and challenges. This session will explore the key and unique legal issues and risks facing these early stage tech companies from a legal point of view. Please join us to learn about the issues and how to advise clients in this space.

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm.


Chad Bayne is a Partner in the Corporate group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Mr. Bayne practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and a focus on the technology sector. He advises various emerging companies operating in the information technology sector as well as the venture capital funds and investors that finance them. Bayne leverages his industry-related experience and computer engineering education to provide tailored advice to technology sector companies in connection with their M&A opportunities and emerging technology companies in connection with their day-to-day activities. See

Anthony de Fazekas is a Partner in the Intellectual Property group at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. Mr. Fazekas’ practice focuses on all areas of information technology law, including the formation of intellectual property strategies and the development and prosecution of original patent applications in a wide range of IT-related technologies. He has also handled all aspects of high-profile in-bound and out-bound technology licensing transactions. de Fazekas has worked extensively in the innovation sector with many corporate innovators, start-ups and scaling technology companies. See

Matthew Leibowitz is a Partner with Plazacorp Ventures. Throughout his career, Mr. Leibowitz has been involved in all aspects of the investment cycle having completed dozens of transactions of early stage technology companies. He was formerly a Principal with an institutional investment firm in Toronto. Mr. Leibowitz focuses on origination, vetting, due diligence, negotiation and deal structuring of investments and private equity financing agreements across technology sectors, as well as the refining of business concepts, selecting appropriate business plans for investment and monitoring and enhancing the performance of portfolio companies. He is a guest lecturer at various universities, sits on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of numerous companies and charities, and is currently the Investor In Residence for VentureLab Markham. Matthew holds his Masters of Law from the University of Oxford and the University of Kent, a Master of Science in International Sustainable Development and Investment from the University of New South Wales and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Bayne, de Fazekas and Leibowitz will be joined by a successful technology entrepreneur to provide insight and input from the client point of view.


Cost for lunch is ten dollars ($10) for TCLG members and students, twenty dollars ($20) for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the “Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group”.


The cost of membership for lawyers is fifty-five dollars ($55). The membership fee for students is waived; articling students and law school students may join the TCLG free of charge by indicating that they are “students” on the membership application form. Please see the online membership page for further details:


Please register before 10:00 am on Wednesday September 25, 2013. Registrations will not be confirmed unless the lunch is fully booked. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch. Please e-mail registrations or cancellations to:


It would be appreciated if you could please circulate this notice to business associates, clients, colleagues or others who may be interested in attending a meeting or joining the TCLG.


If you have any questions you would like the panel to consider please mail them to and we will try and include them in the program.