Vinay Desai

Senior Associate


Vinay's practice focuses on advising and assisting domestic and international clients with a wide array of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, cannabis, privacy, advertising and other regulatory matters.

Vinay's corporate practice includes leading buy and sell-side transactions from different industries and assisting with business expansions.

On the commercial side, Vinay has extensive expertise in drafting various agreements, including term sheets, software and technology sale, licensing and distribution agreements, consulting agreements, supply agreements, privacy policies, e-commerce terms of use and others.

Vinay also has vast expertise in regulatory matters involving cannabis, advertising, promotional contests and French language issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Vinay worked for another large firm where he acquired significant expertise in trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property matters.

Vinay is fluent in French, English and has a working knowledge of Gujarati.


  • Assisted iNovia on a US$50 Million Series C funding round in WorkJam with digital workplace solutions for frontline employees
  • Acted for Tactio Health Group Inc. with respect to an investment from a French company in the amount of C$6,000,000
  • Advised NorthStar Earth and Space Inc. on their C$52 million financing with the Governments of Canada and Québec, as well as from strategic partners Telesystem Space Inc. and the Space Alliance of Europe
  • Québec counsel to Premium Brands in its acquisiation of Viandex, Inc. a Québec-based food distributor
  • Advised a large not-for-profit on data breach implications
  • Advised e-commerce and consumer goods companies with respect to various consumer protection and Charter of the French Language issues
  • Advised companies on loyalty and rewards programs
  • Assisted various large banks with security breaches and general privacy issues
  • Assisted companies with carrying out privacy impact assessments and evaluating risks connected with the management of personal information
  • Advised large companies with respect to Access to Information requests
  • Assisted organizations with respect to biometrics use compliance
  • Assisted organizations with drafting privacy policies, IT security policies and website-use policies
  • Drafted and negotiated data supply agreements for a large health information company
  • Advised on privacy and intellectual property issues in various types of commercial transactions
  • Assisted with intellectual property issues in a private equity funding of a company involved in environmental and near-space monitoring system

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Young Bar Association of Montréal
  • Member, Comité Recherche et Législation (CRL) (Young Bar of Québec)
  • Member, Regroupement des praticiens du droit des marques de commerce

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Selwyn House School Mock Trials

Awards & Recognitions


Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2016
  • Québec, 2015
  • JD, Université de Montréal, 2014
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2013