Boehm is a partner in the Corporate Commercial Group in our Toronto
office. Eric focuses on technology law, and is ranked as one of Canada's
top technology lawyers by the foremost legal rankings publications. He
has extensive international and Canadian experience advising on complex
commercial transactions, including technology and business process
outsourcings, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic
Fluent in French, he has practised with an international law firm in
Paris, France, as well as in Toronto. Eric also has significant
expertise in financial services, intellectual property, e-commerce,
online services, privacy, open source software, trade-mark and patent
licensing, manufacturing, export controls and consumer protection
issues. Eric is also a registered Canadian trade-mark agent.
Rankings and Recognitions
- Recognized in the 2013-2015 editione of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Information Technology Law);
- Recognized in the 2014-2016 editione of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Information Technology).
- Recognized in the 2013-2105 editione of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computer & IT Law, Technology Transactions).
- Recognized in the 2011 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Internet and e-Commerce) and IAM Licensing 250 - The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers.
- Recipient of a Lexpert® Zenith Pro Bono award, 2010.
- Recipient of The Globe & Mail Business for the Arts Award, 2008.
Presentations and Publications
- Author, chapter on Electronic Commerce, in "Social Media and Internet Law” published by LexisNexis, 2014
- Speaker, "How to Ensure Data Protection and Security in the Era of Cloud Computing" Ontario Bar Association's Institute 2014. (Feb 6- Feb 8)
- Co-Lecturer, 8th Internet Law course, Federated Press, December 18, 2013. Topic: "Conducting Business Online: Legal & Commercial Update"
- Speaker and Author, "Software License Agreements — Modern Procurement and Licensing Issues," Federated Press IT Contracting and Purchasing Conference, June 18, 2013.
- Speaker, "Software License Agreements and Open Source Software," 2013 Information Technology Law Spring Forum (LSUC, June 17-18, Toronto).
- Interviewed on Square Off on the topic of online advertising and new anti-spam laws, CHCH Television, January 11, 2013.
- Quoted in "Risks of the 'bring your own device' culture" by Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, January 2013.
- Speaker, "Legal Issues with Bring Your Own Device and Mobile Device
Management in Workplaces", Avema Executive Webinar, December 2012.
- Speaker, "Mobile Commerce Issues and Legal Trends", The Bank of Nova Scotia, November 2012.
- Speaker, "Ethics, Contracts and the Lawyer", Toronto Board of Trade
In-House Counsel Professional Development Conference, October 2012.
- Speaker and Author, "Electronic and Mobile Commerce Consumer
Protection Issues 2012", Canadian IT Law Association Spring Training
Program, June, 2012.
- Speaker, "Key Issues in Information Technology Contracting: A
Roundtable Discussion," Ontario Bar Association (OBA) "Institute 2012"
Program, February 2012.
- Speaker, "Trends in Technology Licensing Models," 15th Annual Canadian IT Law Association, October 2011.Speaker, "Boilerplate Clauses in Technology Contracts," Ontario
Government Corporate Commercial Lawyers' Practice Group, September 2011.
- Speaker, "The End of the Affair? Term, Renewal and Termination in
Technology Contracts," Canadian Technology Law Association Spring
Update, May 2011.
- Speaker, "Optimizing Your Business with Emerging Technology," IDC Canada Roundtable, May 2011.
- Speaker, "Cloud Computing," Ontario Government e-Lawyers' Practice Group, May 2011.
- Speaker, "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Technology Contracts," OBA "Institute 2011" Program, January 2011.
- Speaker, "Web 2.0 Risks and Rewards for IP Online," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Annual Meeting, October 2010.
- Author, "Canada Proposes Major Changes to Copyright Law," IPFrontline, June 2010.
- Speaker, "Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licences:
Practical Applications," Canadian IT Law Association Spring Training
Program, May 2010.
- Author, "Preparing a Domain Name Arbitration Complaint," OBA Information Technology & E-Commerce Section Quarterly, May 2010.
- Speaker, "Art in the Age of Electronic Reproduction: Copyright Issues," Ontario College of Art and Design, December 2009.
- Speaker, "Mitigating Insolvency Risks in IP," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Webinar, October 2009.
- Author, "OSFI Revises Outsourcing Guideline B-10 for Federally Regulated Institutions in Canada," Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide, April 2009.
Eric represents financial institutions, telecommunications providers and major media companies in the procurement and negotiation of some of the largest outsourcing transactions in Canada.
Negotiates international supply, export and manufacturing arrangements, including relating to smart cards, green technology and the automotive industry, and notably involving service providers and suppliers in India, China and Latin America.
Advises clients on licensing software, patents and trade-marks; also counsels clients on introduction and exploitation of new products and services, including in the areas of business intelligence, green technology and cloud computing.
Lead counsel for the Beer Store in a long-term year, multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with CGI for the IT infrastructure for The Beer Store and its affiliates and distribution centres.
Lead counsel for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its outsourcing agreement with IBM Canada for IBM to assume responsibility for the management, operation, support and maintenance of CPPIB's technology infrastructure.
Lead counsel for a subsidiary of a major Canadian bank in its acquisition of private label credit card portfolios, and the launch of several private label credit and loyalty card programs.
Lead counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia in the negotiation of a sponsorship agreement with the Calgary Flames for the branding of the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Lead counsel for a Canadian chartered bank on various offshore outsourcing arrangements for information systems, application support and maintenance, and call centre operations.
Lead counsel for a business process outsourcing provider in its seven-year agreement for credit card services for a major chartered bank.
Lead counsel for a leading smart card manufacturer in its manufacturing, distribution and development agreements with suppliers in Asia and Mexico.
Lead counsel for The Beer Store in the procurement of a multi-million-dollar customized robotic inventory management system for its primary western Canada distribution centre.
Lead counsel for Rogers Communications as co-counsel in all facets of the drafting and negotiation of its competitive procurement for a seven-year contract for transformative datacentre technology services.
Lead counsel for Scotia Capital in various agreements relating to the development of a new fixed income market platform.
Lead counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia in an agreement with The Western Union Company for the offering of money-transfer services to in Canada.
Lead counsel for several foreign banks in various technology agreements in connection with the launch of operations and branches in Canada.
Lead counsel for a national insurance company in a white label insurance distribution agreement.
Lead counsel for a major Canadian-based gold mining and exploration company in software development and integration projects and intellectual property licences.
Lead counsel for a major Canadian department store in its agreements for business intelligence software and transformational IT projects.