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Alan James
Partner, Leader - Tech Group

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2000 - New York

Year of Call: 1999 - Ontario

Primary Office: Toronto

Alan James

Alan James is a partner in the Gowling WLG Toronto office and co-leader of the firm's Tech Group. Alan practises in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on venture capital investments in technology companies and strategic transactions relating to the development, acquisition, licensing and use of technology. He has advised investment funds and corporations in connection with numerous cross-border investment transactions and acquisitions.

Alan’s clients include venture capital firms, software developers, hardware manufacturers, computer products distributors and financial institutions. He is also a former co-leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Group, with extensive experience forming pooled investment vehicles, including venture capital, real estate and infrastructure funds and representing institutional and strategic investors in connection with their fund investments.

Having spent 18 months on secondment with a leading software application provider, Alan has experience negotiating a variety of commercial agreements used in the software industry.

Alan is also heavily involved in his community through a number of not-for-profit organizations. He is a long time director of The Word On The Street, an organization that supports and celebrates Canadian authors and that champions literacy throughout Canada. He also provides pro bono legal services to a number of other not-for-profit organizations in an effort to support a variety of other community initiatives. 


"Alan has a great ability to bring the right resources to the table in a highly cost-effective way and attacks every problem in a business-critical manner rather than purely legalistically."
Who's Who Legal, An Interview with Constance Crosby of Cisco Canada, September 30, 2013

2000

Year of Call, New York

1999

Year of Call, Ontario

1997

Queen's University, LLB

1995

University of Toronto, BComm.

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2000

2000

Year of Call, New York

1999

1999

Year of Call, Ontario

1997

1997

Queen's University, LLB

1995

1995

University of Toronto, BComm.

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Alan James

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Potential changes to the Canadian Competition Bureau's Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines may be a game-changer for technology companies and firms in patent-...

Alan James, Christopher C. Van Barr

Article April 1, 2015

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Alan James

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State Farm sells Canadian insurance operations to Desjardins Group in cross-border transaction

Client Work January 1, 2015

Some of the recent transactions with which Alan has been involved include:

  • Representing venture capital funds, including GrowthWorks Canadian Fund, JL Albright & Partners, and Commercial Capital Ventures in connection with investments in portfolio companies;
  • Representing clients that have received investments from venture capital funds, including Motoroloa Ventures,  Relay Ventures, GrandBanks Capital, and Samsung Ventures; Rho Canada Ventures and Paladin;
  • Assisting wireless telecommunications equipment provider with the negotiation of a product development, license and support agreement in connection with the outsourcing of manufacturing and distribution of certain products;
  • Representing major sporting goods retailer in connection with the roll-out of its e-commerce program;
  • Representing Sirit Inc., a global provider of radio-frequency identification solutions, in its acquisition by Federal Signal Corporation;
  • Representing leading provider of credit adjudication software system with global licensing agreements with General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Ford Credit and numerous banks and financial institutions with multi-national operations; and
  • Representing fund sponsors in connection with private equity fund formation, including Fengate Capital Management, Macquarie Group Limited, Standard Life and Aureos Advisors.

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