Eric Boehm

Eric Boehm  


Executive Summary

Eric Boehm is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group in our Toronto office. Eric focuses on technology law, and is ranked as one of Canada's top technology lawyers by the foremost legal rankings publications. He has extensive international and Canadian experience advising on complex commercial transactions, including technology and business process outsourcings, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic relationships.

Fluent in French, he has practised with an international law firm in Paris, France, as well as in Toronto. Eric also has significant expertise in financial services, intellectual property, e-commerce, online services, privacy, open source software, trademark and patent licensing, manufacturing, export controls and consumer protection issues. Eric is also a registered Canadian trademark agent.

Representative Work

  • Represents financial institutions, telecommunications providers and major media companies in the procurement and negotiation of some of the largest outsourcing transactions in Canada.
  • Negotiates international supply, export and manufacturing arrangements, including relating to smart cards, green technology and the automotive industry, and notably involving service providers and suppliers in India, China and Latin America.
  • Advises clients on licensing software, patents and trademarks; also counsels clients on introduction and exploitation of new products and services, including in the areas of business intelligence, green technology and cloud computing.
  • Lead counsel for the Beer Store in a long-term year, multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with CGI for the IT infrastructure for The Beer Store and its affiliates and distribution centres.
  • Lead counsel for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its outsourcing agreement with IBM Canada for IBM to assume responsibility for the management, operation, support and maintenance of CPPIB's technology infrastructure.
  • Lead counsel for a subsidiary of a major Canadian bank in its acquisition of private label credit card portfolios, and the launch of several private label credit and loyalty card programs.
  • Lead counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia in the negotiation of a sponsorship agreement with the Calgary Flames for the branding of the Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Lead counsel for a Canadian chartered bank on various offshore outsourcing arrangements for information systems, application support and maintenance, and call centre operations.
  • Lead counsel for a business process outsourcing provider in its seven-year agreement for credit card services for a major chartered bank.
  • Lead counsel for a leading smart card manufacturer in its manufacturing, distribution and development agreements with suppliers in China, Malaysia and Mexico.
  • Lead counsel for an international manufacturer in facilities management and intermodal transport logistics services agreements.
  • Lead counsel for The Beer Store in the procurement of a multi-million-dollar customized robotic inventory management system for its primary western Canada distribution centre.
  • Lead counsel for Rogers Communications Inc. as co-counsel in all facets of the drafting and negotiation of its competitive procurement for a seven-year contract for transformative datacentre technology services.
  • Lead counsel for Scotia Capital in various agreements relating to the development of a new fixed income market platform.
  • Lead counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia in an agreement with The Western Union Company for the offering of money-transfer services to Scotiabank customers in Canada.
  • Lead counsel for Thomson Reuters, The Globe and Mail and Carswell in various publication, manufacturing and technology services agreements.
  • Lead counsel for several foreign banks in various technology agreements in connection with the launch of operations and branches in Canada.
  • Lead counsel for a national insurance company in a white label insurance distribution agreement.
  • Lead counsel for a major Canadian-based gold mining and exploration company in software development and integration projects and intellectual property licences.
  • Lead counsel for a major Canadian department store in its agreements for business intelligence software and transformational IT projects.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Regulating Fintech in CanadaBLG Financial Services Regulatory Alert, October 2016 and Lexology Newsfeed, October 2016, (with Stephen Redican, Jeffrey Graham, Robert Dawkins, Olivier Tardif, Manoj Pundit, Anthony Milazzo, Gordon Raman and Ross McGowan).
  • Quoted, "Brain Campaign - Overseas Technology Investments", China Business Law Journal, September 2016.
  • Panellist, RBC Global Finance Investors' Forum, Toronto, May 31, 2016.
  • Speaker and Moderator, "The FinTech Revolution - Industry Trends and Legal Challenges," BLG Seminar, May 2016.
  • Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada program, Social Media and Internet Law: Your Comprehensive Guide, on E-commerce, June 11, 2015.
  • Participant, Financial Innovation Collaboration Forum, Ontario Centres of Excellence, February 26, 2015.
  • Quoted, "Hold the phone: "IT execs are starting to foresee VoIP security," TechReact, December 5, 2014.
  • Speaker, "VoIP: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Voice over IP," CIO Roundtable, December 2014.
  • Speaker, "The Future of Financial Tech in Canada", BLG Financial Services Briefing Seminar, October 2014.
  • Author, "E-commerce and Commercial Electronic Messages," Social Media and Internet Law – Forms and Precedents, LexisNexis, 2014.
  • Speaker, 2d IT Contracting & Purchasing, Federated Press on “Software Contracts”, June 5, 2014.
  • Speaker, 6th Service Level Agreements, Federated Press on “Legal Aspects of a Service Level Agreement”, May 6, 2014.
  • Speaker, "How to Ensure Data Protection and Security in the Era of Cloud Computing" Ontario Bar Association's Institute 2014. (Feb 6- Feb 8)
  • Co-Lecturer, 8th Internet Law course, Federated Press, December 18, 2013. Topic: "Conducting Business Online: Legal & Commercial Update"
  • Speaker and Author, "Software License Agreements — Modern Procurement and Licensing Issues," Federated Press IT Contracting and Purchasing Conference, June 18, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Software License Agreements and Open Source Software," 2013 Information Technology Law Spring Forum (LSUC, June 17-18, Toronto).
  • Interviewed on Square Off on the topic of online advertising and new anti-spam laws, CHCH Television, January 11, 2013.
  • Quoted in "Risks of the 'bring your own device' culture" by Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, January 2013.
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues with Bring Your Own Device and Mobile Device Management in Workplaces", Avema Executive Webinar, December 2012.
  • Speaker, "Mobile Commerce Issues and Legal Trends", The Bank of Nova Scotia, November 2012.
  • Speaker, "Ethics, Contracts and the Lawyer", Toronto Board of Trade In-House Counsel Professional Development Conference, October 2012.
  • Speaker and Author, "Electronic and Mobile Commerce Consumer Protection Issues 2012", Canadian IT Law Association Spring Training Program, June, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Key Issues in Information Technology Contracting: A Roundtable Discussion," Ontario Bar Association (OBA) "Institute 2012" Program, February 2012.
  • Speaker, "Trends in Technology Licensing Models," 15th Annual Canadian IT Law Association, October 2011.
  • Speaker, "Boilerplate Clauses in Technology Contracts," Ontario Government Corporate Commercial Lawyers' Practice Group, September 2011.
  • Speaker, "Term and Termination Provisions," The Canadian IT Law Association/Law Society of Upper Canada Annual Spring IT Law Forum, June 7, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Term, Renewal and Termination in Technology Contracts," Canadian Technology Law Association Spring Update, May 2011.
  • Speaker, "Optimizing Your Business with Emerging Technology," IDC Canada Roundtable, May 2011.
  • Speaker, "Cloud Computing," Ontario Government e-Lawyers' Practice Group, May 2011.
  • Chair and Speaker, "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Technology Contracts," OBA "Institute 2011" Program, January 2011.
  • Speaker, "Web 2.0 Risks and Rewards for IP Online," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Annual Meeting, October 2010.
  • Author, "Canada Proposes Major Changes to Copyright Law," IPFrontline, June 2010.
  • Speaker, "Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licences: Practical Applications," Canadian IT Law Association Spring Training Program, May 2010.
  • Author, "Preparing a Domain Name Arbitration Complaint," OBA Information Technology & E-Commerce Section Quarterly, May 2010.
  • Speaker, "Art in the Age of Electronic Reproduction: Copyright Issues," Ontario College of Art and Design, December 2009.
  • Speaker, "Best Practices in IP Due Diligence," Canadian Institute Forum on Commercializing Intellectual Property, December 2009.
  • Speaker, "Mitigating Insolvency Risks in IP," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Webinar, October 2009.
  • Author, "Helping Clients Handle Disappearing Vendors," The Lawyers Weekly, June 2009.
  • Author, "OSFI Revises Outsourcing Guideline B-10 for Federally Regulated Institutions in Canada," Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide, April 2009.
  • Speaker, "Fundamentals of Website Terms and Conditions," Information Technology & E-Commerce Client Seminar, January 2009.
  • Author, "Significant and Controversial Proposed Amendments to Canadian Copyright Act," BLG's Intellectual Property Bulletin, June 2008.
  • Author, "An Open Source Community Divided: Is GPLv3 a Blind Alley or a Path to the Future?," Internet & E-Commerce Law in Canada, BNA, November 2008 (reprint, with updates from article published in the OBA IT & E-Commerce Section Quarterly, May 2008; "Open Source Licensing Suits Settle in Short Order," The Lawyers Weekly, May 2008.
  • Speaker, "Joint Development Agreements," Canadian IT Law Association Spring Training Program, May 2008.
  • Author, "The Fundamentals of Web Site Development Agreements," OBA Information Technology & E-Commerce Section Quarterly, May 1, 2008
  • Speaker, "Taking Security in Intellectual Property and Software: Not a Security Blanket," Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group, April 2008.
  • Speaker, "Conducting E-Commerce with User Generated Content," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada 42nd Spring Meeting, April 2008.
  • Speaker, "Drafting and Enforcing IP Royalty Audits," Licensing Executives' Society Toronto Chapter, March 2008.
  • Author, "Caution Needed in Operating 'Blawgs,'" The Lawyers Weekly, June 2007.
  • Speaker, "Financial Institution Business Continuity Planning: The New Legal and Regulatory Requirements," Federated Press, February 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Information Technology Law, Technology Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 and previous editions of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Information Technology).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Technology Transactions).
  • Recognized in the 2017 and previous editions of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Information Technology).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of the The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computer and IT Law) and 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions (Technology Transactions).
  • Recognized in the 2011 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Internet and e-Commerce) and IAM Licensing 250 — The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers.
  • Recipient of a Lexpert® Zenith Pro Bono award, 2010.
  • Recipient of The Globe & Mail Business for the Arts Award, 2008.