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David Takenaka

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1993

Having practised technology law for more than 20 years, David has extensive technical knowledge that he expertly translates into practical advice for his clients. He prides himself on being a great communicator and easy to work with. David is always aware of the big picture and is committed to solving his clients’ problems by going beyond traditional legal advice to meet their needs.

David is Co-chair of the Technology Team and a member of the firm's Corporate/Commercial Group, the Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Group and the Intellectual Property and Licensing Teams. His practice focuses on technology licensing and other technology transfer matters and he is regularly involved in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, and debt and equity financings. David also has experience in corporate and commercial lending and various securities-related matters.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Information Technology Law

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • David joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 1996.


  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group
  • Toronto Lawyer Group

Representative Matters

Provided daily counsel to PeopleSoft Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of PeopleSoft, Inc., for over nine years. Work included negotiating software license agreements, consulting agreements and other software-related agreements with manufacturing and telecommunications companies, financial institutions, federal, provincial and municipal governments and other private and public entities.

Provides regular advice to a number of technology corporations and has experience negotiating license agreements relating to manufacturing technologies, nutraceuticals and biotechnology.

Provides regular advice to a number of computer consulting corporations and has experience negotiating computer consulting agreements, website construction agreements and systems integration agreements.

Acts on behalf of a number of venture capital corporations in connection with the financing of technology-related companies.

Acts on behalf of a number of start-up technology-related businesses.

Selected Publications

"Licensing Technology: Who Can Use It and Who Can't? Terms of the Licensing Agreement May Limit Sharing," Canadian Corporate Counsel, January/February 2008

"Consumer Protection Legislation and Internet Agreements," Canadian Corporate Counsel, March/April 2007

"Licensing Sophisticated Software," Canadian Corporate Counsel, June 2006


  • LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1991
  • BA (Hons.), University of Western Ontario, 1988