Vinay Desai  


Executive Summary

Vinay Desai is an associate in our Privacy and Data Protection practice group. He advises and assists international and domestic clients from various sectors on a wide range of issues, including privacy and anti-spam compliance, access to information requests and responses, information technology, advertising, marketing and sponsorship, trademarks, consumer protection, French language requirements as well as cybersecurity issues and data breach management. Vinay has also been involved in drafting e-commerce terms of use, information technology and privacy policies and license agreements for clients from various industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Vinay worked for another large firm where he acquired significant expertise in Intellectual Property matters involving trademarks, copyrights and domain names. He has authored or contributed to various publications pertaining to privacy, anti-spam and e-commerce law and has presented on ethics issues and entertainment through the McGill Business Law Association.

Vinay received his bachelor's degrees in civil law and common law from University of Montreal. He also completed a semester abroad at the Unversité de Lyon II, in France, in 2013. He is licensed to practice law in Québec and Ontario.

Vinay is fluent in French, English and Gujarati.

Representative Work

  • Advised a large not-for-profit on data breach implications.
  • Advised e-commerce and consumer goods companies with respect to various consumer protection and Charter of the French Language issues.
  • Advised companies on loyalty and rewards programs.
  • Assisted various large banks with security breaches and general privacy issues.
  • Assisted companies with carrying out privacy impact assessments and evaluating risks connected with the management of personal information.
  • Advised large companies with respect to Access to Information requests.
  • Assisted organizations with respect to biometrics use compliance.
  • Assisted organizations with the drafting of privacy policies, IT security policies and website-use policies.
  • Drafted and negotiated data supply agreements for large health information company.
  • Advised on privacy and intellectual property issues in various types of commercial transactions.

Publications & Presentations