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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Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Young Board of Trade of Montréal
  • 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) - Cybersecurity and entrepreneurship: a great opportunity
  • January 2018 - Gowling WLG - New year, new measures to protect data: think cybersecurity
  • October 2017 - Gowling WLG - Trade secrets: it is better to keep them safe