Parna Sabet-Stephenson Partner


Speaks:  English, French, Farsi

Year of Call: 2000 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-4611

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: parna.sabet-stephenson@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




Parna Sabet-Stephenson

Parna Sabet-Stephenson is an expert in all aspects of outsourcing, technology law and e-commerce. She also advises on the legal implications of emerging technologies including blockchain and the Internet of Things.

Parna has assisted domestic and international customers and service providers in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, financial services (Canadian and foreign banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and a variety of service providers), retail (brick and mortar and online businesses), pharmaceutical, energy, technology and automotive industries. She has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting various outsourcing (BPO and ITO), joint venture, technology acquisition, technology development, licensing, supply, cloud services, and complex services agreements. She also advises on all aspects of electronic commerce. 

Parna is regularly called upon in respect of technology transformation and digitization projects. She is also very active in Fintech and InsurTech matters, and co-leads the firm’s InsurTech Group.

Fluent in French, Parna is the Vice President of the Canadian Technology Law Association. She also serves on the Board of Myseum of Toronto.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Parna is recognized as one of Canada’s top lawyers by the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Information Technology)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Information Technology)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Technology Media and Technology)
  • The  Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 ((Technology Transactions; and Computer and IT Law)
  • Legal 500 Canada 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Information Technology Law)

Recent comments in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business include:

  • “She is regarded by her clients as a strong team leader with 'great industry knowledge'.” (2017)
  • "Parna Sabet-Stephenson handles outsourcing, e-commerce and consumer protection matters for domestic and international clients. Interviewees appreciate her tailored advice: "She provides really valuable advice and is able to move and adapt her resources as necessary." (2015)
  • "Parna Sabet-Stephenson continues to solidify her burgeoning reputation in Canadian IT. One source said: 'I was very impressed. She added a lot of value in breaking down the key risk areas and communicating effectively with our business people'." (2014)
  • "She comes highly recommended by sources, who say she is 'impressive from a substantive law perspective and from a customer service perspective' and highlight her excellent drafting skills." (2013)

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      2011
      Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011
  • 2000

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2000
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1998

    • Education
      1998
      University of Ottawa, LLB (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 1994

    • Education
      1994
      University of Toronto, B.Sc.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • L'association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario    
  • Ontario Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author: The Canadian Federal Financial Institutions Regulator's Increasing Emphasis on Cybersecurity, World Data Protection Report, December 2015.
  • Co-author: Cybersecurity 2.0: What's Expected of Federally Regulated Financial Institutions
  • Internet and E-commerce Law in Canada, Volume 16, Number 7, November 2015.
  • Co-author: Cybersecurity 2.0: What's Expected of Federally Regulated Financial Institutions
  • Co-author: Outsourcing for Financial Institutions - B-10 is Not Enough
  • National Banking Law Review, Volume 33, Number 2, April 2014.
  • Co-author: Outsourcing for Financial Institutions - B-10 is Not Enough

PRESENTATIONS

  • Speaker: RODA's 2nd Annual Diversity Conference in Partnership with the OBA Success Strategies for Diverse Lawyers (November 29, 2016).
  • Speaker: Technology Contracting Fundamentals Part 1: Confidentiality and Security 2016 IT Law Spring Forum, Toronto, Ontario (May 16, 2016).
  • Panellist: Emerging Practices in Cyber Risk Governance, 2016 National Conference for Canada's Credit Unions, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (May 1-4, 2016).
  • Speaker: 7th Service Level Agreements Course, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario (January 28 & 29, 2016).
  • Speaker: Service Level Agreements 3rd IT Contracting and Purchasing Course Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario (June 4 & 5, 2015).
  • Speaker: Service Level Agreements, 2nd IT Contracting and Purchasing Course, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario (June 5 & 6, 2014).
  • Speaker: Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Traps, 6th Service Level Agreements, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario (May 6 & 7, 2014).

Parna has acted for:

  • A leading telecommunications company in connection with complex commercial agreements and outsourcing agreements
  • Financial institutions in connection with various digitization projects
  • A global retailer in connection with various information technology and business process outsourcing agreements
  • Companies in a variety of sectors in offering their products and services online to Canadian businesses and consumers
  • Canadian and foreign financial institutions in the structuring and negotiation of information technology and business process outsourcing agreements, technology development initiatives and joint ventures
  • Financial institutions and processing companies in negotiating processing services agreements
  • A multinational pharmaceutical company in negotiating and drafting various outsourcing and technology agreements
  • An energy provider in connection with various technology acquisition and outsourcing agreements