Naïm Alexandre Antaki is a partner in Gowling WLG’s business law group in Montréal. A member of both the Québec and Ontario Bars for more than 10 years, he provides strategic, solution-oriented advice to Canadian and foreign businesses in the course of their cross-border activities and expansion, bridging civil law and common law jurisdictions.
He is sought after to lead and co-ordinate complex transactions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity, including in the context of public private partnerships (P3s). Clients also rely on him to act as their trusted external counsel for their ongoing and evolving Canadian operations.
Part of the national executive committee of the Technology Industry Group and its leader in Montréal, Naïm acts for magic quadrant clients as well as selected startups. His experience spans key IT acquisitions and reorganizations, IT financing at various stages and key commercial agreements for which technology plays a key role, such as licensing and outsourcing agreements dealing with cloud computing (Iaas, Paas and Saas in public, private or hybrid cloud models), cybersecurity and related privacy, governance and regulatory issues.
Naïm is an active member of the U.S. Initiative, having previously served on the national executive committee and as co-leader in Montréal. He regularly acts for U.S. clients, aiming to work seamlessly with their in-house and external counsel, and participates in the ABA. He was a lead contributor to the firm’s Canadian Private M&A Guide, has given multiple presentations on doing business in Canada and Québec, including as part of a U.S. consulate mission in Québec, and on key Canadian legal pitfalls for U.S. lawyers.
He is a long-standing member of the executive committee of the Princeton Alumni Association of Canada and president of the Québec Chapter; he was previously part of the executive committee of the Princeton Alumni Council at a global level.
He is a dedicated mentor to associates and articling students. Naïm also regularly provides continuing legal education presentations in business and technology and related regulatory matters (including public RFPs), both in the context of large conferences and personalized client settings.
Naïm is a past corporate director of the ADR Institute of Canada. He has experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, and previously interned at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC in Paris.