Lawyer Profile Detail
University of Ottawa
California, USA, 2001
Matthew Flynn is a partner in our Business Law Group. He practices in both Calgary and Toronto focusing on the information technology and energy technology sectors. He has over 16 years’ experience in Canada and California at top-tier firms and in-house (Accenture) focusing on structuring, drafting and negotiating complex technology transactions.
In particular, Matthew regularly advises clients in the areas of cloud computing; technology M&A; cybersecurity, privacy and information management; strategic sourcing (including outsourcing, offshoring, shared services); ERP / Systems implementations; e-commerce; technology and software development, and licensing.
Matthew's experience in energy technology includes Smart Grid, water remediation; oil sands extraction; carbon credits; and geothermal.
Matthew is listed in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Technology Transactions.
His relevant experience includes:
- Counsel to Freshbooks, a cloud based accounting software service, in connection with its commercial services offering.
- Counsel to Garner Distributed Workflow Inc., a cloud based major projects logistics software service, in respect of multiple commercial services agreements with major international energy companies.
- Canadian counsel to MarkLogic, the only Enterprise NoSQL database (enabling Big Data - heterogeneous data integration and dynamic content delivery at massive scale).
- Counsel to BMW Canada in connection with its technology matters, including in respect of multiple commercial services agreements and licensing of IP.
- Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc., in connection with its technology matters, including its $180 million outsourcing initiative for all aspects of its IT requirements.
- Counsel to Bank of Montreal in connection with its contracting for an outsourced prepaid cards program.
- Counsel to a major North American home improvement retailers in respect of multiple commercial services agreements, including procuring its new e-commerce platform.
- Counsel to NeoStream Technologies, an energy focused software and services company, in respect of multiple commercial services agreements with major energy companies, and in respect of its merger with Turbo Decisions.
- Canadian counsel to Harris Corporation in connection with its low emissions oil sands extraction technology.
- Counsel to a North American retailer of energy and energy services, advising on several trans-border outsourcings, including sending personal information to the UK and US.
- Counsel to one of California’s largest utilities in respect of its $1.2B advanced metering infrastructure implementation, including procurement of smart meters, a related communications network, and a back-office meter data management system.
- Counsel to one of California’s largest utilities in respect of its licensing and implementation of an ERP system.
- Counsel to a leading provider of insurance-related products and services to the Canadian credit union system in respect of multiple commercial services agreements, including the development of online customer SaaS services and mobile applications.
- Counsel to a leading North American energy company in connection with its successful dispute resolution against one of the world’s largest ERP system and services providers, alleging licensing non-compliance.
- Canadian counsel to an American manufacturer of ultra-rugged mobile phones and provider of related mobile solutions to enterprise businesses, in connection with its successful Canadian commercial launch.
- Counsel to a global auto parts manufacturer in connection with the drafting and negotiation of a US$55 million business process outsourcing initiative for certain finance and accounting functions.
- Counsel to a global IT service provider in respect of: (i) $80M of outsourced IT infrastructure and AD&M services to Canadian energy company; (ii) a $400M contract with public entity for outsourcing of travel services (call center; online booking tool, travel card, support services) for 300,000+ public employees; (iii) a $100M customer care outsourcing project for a Canadian electric utility.
- Canadian counsel to an American multinational provider of speech and imaging software applications in respect of its acquisition of a software company specializing in predictive text.
- Counsel to Nissan USA in respect of a major IT outsourcing initiative.
- Counsel to a US private equity firm in a series of merger and acquisition agreements.
- Counsel to a world leading technology services provider in respect of dozens of technology transactions throughout North America (including IT outsourcings, staff augmentations, and technology consulting services) with major blue chip companies in the financial services, insurance, natural resources, and government industries.
- IT counsel to a California private credit risk assessment software company to a major U.S. public company focused on financial market analysis, trading statistics, and related information.
- IT counsel representing three separate major California semiconductor chip design software companies (buyer and seller side) in acquisition activities, ranging in size from $10M to U.S. $$250M.
- IT counsel representing acquirer in the U.S. $300M merger and acquisition of two California public silicon integrated chip design companies, negotiated and signed in a one-week period.
Matthew received his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of King’s College in 1993, and his J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 1996. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. He is also a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the California State Bar.
Matthew is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International
Transactions & Cases
Enbridge Inc. Transfers Canadian Liquid Pipelines Business and Renewable Energy Assets to Enbridge Income Fund for C$30.4 billion