Two of Waterloo's top tech lawyers join Gowling WLG

09 October 2019

Two of Waterloo's leading tech lawyers, Todd Bissett and Ahsan Sadiq, have joined Gowling WLG as partners in the firm's Waterloo Region office.

Widely recognized for their ability to deliver advanced solutions to an array of complex corporate and financing challenges, both domestic and cross-border, Bissett and Sadiq will work closely with their new Gowling WLG colleagues to meet the evolving needs of Waterloo's thriving tech and startup sector.

"Together, Todd and Ahsan bring Silicon Valley intuition, first-hand industry experience and broad international perspective to our top-ranked local tech and corporate practices – while also serving to complement the already formidable bench strength of our global tech platform," said Bryce Kraeker, managing partner of Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office.

"As Waterloo's tech market continues to grow more sophisticated and globalized, these new additions to our team further underscore Gowling WLG's reputation as the go-to firm for companies looking to launch, scale and compete confidently - wherever their business takes them."

Dual qualified in Ontario and California, Todd Bissett is recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada's top corporate commercial and technology lawyers. He possesses particular strength in startup and emerging growth financing, as well as venture capital, private M&A and cross-border transactional work, particularly involving China.

Having spent his formative years here in Waterloo before living and working in Silicon Valley and in both Beijing and Shanghai, China, for nearly a decade, Bissett returned home several years ago. He has since become a sought-after adviser to tech companies in Waterloo Region and to companies across Canada focusing on China-related business activities.

Ahsan Sadiq has extensive expertise helping emerging growth companies meet their commercial and corporate needs - including technology licensing, financing and M&A - and assisting mid and large enterprises with technology and service acquisition..

Clients benefit from Sadiq's international experience in industry, including assisting companies in M&A integration, negotiating outsourcing and tech acquisition contracts, and leading sales for a publicly listed multi-national high-tech equipment vendor. Sadiq has longstanding ties in Waterloo Region, having assisted startups at the Communitech Accelerator program in its early days.

Whether you're a startup, an established tech company or a publicly listed entity, Gowling WLG's Tech team has the insight, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to help you grow your business and protect what makes you unique. Our 300-strong global tech team helps companies capitalize on new opportunities and overcome all obstacles, from navigating the latest advances in blockchain to developing new AI or mitigating cyber risks. Learn more about Gowling WLG's Tech team.