Naïm Alexandre Antaki

Naïm Alexandre Antaki is a business and technology law partner at Gowling WLG.  Licensed to practice in Québec and Ontario, he provides strategic, solution-oriented advice to Canadian and foreign businesses in the course of their cross-border activities and expansion, bridging civil law and common law jurisdictions. At the firm, he leads the Montréal Private M&A and General Counsel Group, co-leads the Montréal Technology Industry Group and co-leads the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Group.

He is sought after to lead and coordinate complex transactions in M&A, corporate finance and private equity. Clients also rely on him to act as their trusted external counsel for their ongoing and evolving Canadian operations.

In the technology sector, Naïm acts for magic quadrant clients as well as selected startups. Naïm's experience spans key IT and renewable energy acquisitions, reorganizations, investments, financings and commercial agreements, dealing with cloud computing (Iaas, Paas and Saas in public, private or hybrid cloud models), cybersecurity, fintech, AI, blockchain and smart contracts, as well as related privacy, governance and public procurement issues.

He regularly acts for U.S. and other international clients, aiming to work seamlessly with their in-house and external counsel. He was a lead contributor to the firm's Canadian Private M&A Guide, has given multiple presentations on doing business in Canada and Québec, including as part of U.S. consulate conferences in Québec, and on key Canadian legal pitfalls for U.S.-based lawyers.

A dedicated mentor, he also enjoys providing continuing legal education presentations on business and technology law, and related privacy and regulatory matters, at large conferences and in personalized client settings.

Naïm is the president of the Québec Chapter of the Princeton Alumni Association of Canada, and was previously part of the executive committee of the global Princeton Alumni Council. 

He is a former corporate director of the ADR Institute of Canada and previously interned at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Naïm is recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the Corporate Mid-Market category and in its special edition on Technology, as well as in The Best Lawyers in Canada guide for Technology Law.

Career & Recognition

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Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Young Board of Trade of Montréal
  • March 2019 - ABA - FinTech True North: American and Canadian Policy Approaches to Digital Currency and FinTech
  • November 2018 - AMF - Cryptocurrencies: danger or opportunity for consumers?
  • October 2018 - FinTech Forum Canada 2018 - Different applications of the blockchain to financial services
  • October 2018 - Cyberjustice Laboratory - Round table - Expert mornings of the Cyberjustice Laboratory
  • October 2018 - ACC, Québec Chapter - Blockchain Round Table
  • October 2018 - Strategic Days: Financing and securities
  • June 2018 - September 2018 - McGill University - Datasciences for business decision makers: Artificial Intelligence and Law
  • May 2018 - TMA - Applications of the blockchain technology to the areas of banking and insolvency
  • May 2018 - Strategic Days: Intelligent contracts, blockchain and AI applied to financial services - "How to solve disputes (litigation and alternative dispute resolution) that could arise when adopting and implementing intelligent contracts in the area of financial services"
  • May 2018 - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - Legaltech IA Blockchain - Impact of the blockchain technology on contracting
  • April 2018 - Junior Chamber of commerce of Montréal (JCCM): Judge meets entrepreneurs
  • March 2017 - Canada-France Business Convention of the French Chamber of commerce and industry in Canada: The impacts of the blockchain technology on the financial industry
  • March 2018 - Gowling WLG - Conference - Europe: new general data protection regulation
  • March 2018 - Forum économique de la relève des affaires (FERA) - Cyber security and entrepreneurship: a great opportunity
  • January 2018 - Gowling WLG - New year, new measures to protect data: think cyber security
  • October 2017 - Gowling WLG - Trade secrets: it is better to keep them safe

Previous speaking engagements