Naïm Alexandre Antaki

Naïm Alexandre Antaki is a partner in Gowling WLG's business law group in Montréal. He is the co-head of the Tech group in Montréal and a member of the national Blockchain and Smart contracts and Fintech groups. A member of both the Québec and Ontario Bars for more than 10 years, 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. 

He is sought after to lead and co-ordinate complex transactions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity, including in the context of public private partnerships (P3s). Clients also rely on him to act as their trusted external counsel for their ongoing and evolving Canadian operations.

Part of the national executive committee of the Technology Industry Group and its co-leader in Montréal, Naïm acts for magic quadrant clients as well as selected startups. His experience spans key IT acquisitions and reorganizations, IT financing at various stages and key commercial agreements for which technology plays a key role, such as licensing and outsourcing agreements dealing with cloud computing (Iaas, Paas and Saas in public, private or hybrid cloud models), cybersecurity and related privacy, governance and regulatory issues.

Naïm is an active member of the U.S. Initiative, having previously served on the national executive committee and as co-leader in Montréal. He regularly acts for U.S. clients, aiming to work seamlessly with their in-house and external counsel, and participates in the ABA. 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 a U.S. consulate mission in Québec, and on key Canadian legal pitfalls for U.S. lawyers.

He is a long-standing member of the executive committee of the Princeton Alumni Association of Canada and president of the Québec Chapter; he was previously part of the executive committee of the Princeton Alumni Council at a global level.

He is a dedicated mentor to associates and articling students. Naïm also regularly provides continuing legal education presentations in business and technology and related regulatory matters (including public RFPs), both in the context of large conferences and personalized client settings.

Naïm is a corporate director of the ADR Institute of Canada. He has experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, and previously interned at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC in Paris.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Young Board of Trade of Montréal
  • Presenter at the « Journée stratégique - Contrats intelligents, blockchain et IA pour les services financiers : La résolution de différends (litiges et modes alternatifs) qui pourraient survenir dans l’adoption et la mise en oeuvre de contrats intelligents dans le secteur des services financiers » (May 29, 2018)
  • Presenter at the 8th Annual Business Law Summit in Toronto “Preparing Yourself to Help a Client with a Privacy Breach” (May 2, 2018)
  • Judge at the « La Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs » organized by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (April 20, 2018)
  • Presenter at the Convention d'Affaires Canada- France de CCI Française au Canada « impacts de la technologie Blockchain sur l'industrie financière » (March 27, 2017)
  • Presenter at the conference « Europe : nouveau règlement général sur la protection des données » organized by Gowling WLG à Montréal (March 16, 2018)
  • Presenter at the « forum économique de la relève des affaires (FERA) » in Montréal (March 2, 2017)
  • Presenter at the « New Year, New Data Concerns: Stepping into Cybersecurity” in Montréal (January 23, 2018)
  • Presenter at “Blockchain : recents development and applications" organized by Gowling WLG à Montréal (November 22, 2017)
  • Presenter at the conference « Secret commercial : mieux vaut bien le garder »  organisé par Gowling WLG à Montréal (24 octobre 2017)
  • "Limited and General Partnerships: Distinctive Features in a Due Diligence Context", Insight Conference, May 2008, Paralegal Forum, Montréal