Charles Morgan is the national leader of McCarthy Tetrault's Information Technology Law Group. His practice focuses primarily on technology company mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications. Mr. Morgan has extensive international experience, particularly in the telecommunications sector. In the 2013 edition of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, McCarthy Tetrault is listed as Tier One based on its IT expertise, while Mr. Morgan appears in that same edition's IT section. Since 2008, he has been recommended in every edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of computer/IT law and technology transactions. He was named Montreal's Technology Lawyer of the Year in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada. He also appears in the 2013 edition of the International Who's Who Legal: Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Directory. Mr. Morgan serves on the board of the International Technology Law Association and co-chairs its Outsourcing Committee.
Recent mandates include:
•assisting a leading grocery store chain negotiate an IT infrastructure outsourcing services agreement;
•assisting a financial institution with the negotiation of a fibre network build and telecommunications services outsourcing agreement;
•assisting Salesforce with their $326 million acquisition of Radian6, a social media monitoring company;
•assisting a financial institution with the negotiation of a collocation services agreement;
•assisting Cavium Networks with their $10 million acquisition of Wavesat, a global leader in mobile broadband and advanced semiconductor solutions to the world's leading carrier and mobile device manufacturers;
•assisting a multinational handset device manufacturer with consumer protection and privacy law issues related to a major new product and service launch;
•assisting a multinational entertainment company with the implementation of a major social media marketing initiative;
•negotiating a systems integration outsourcing agreement on behalf of a leading Canadian financial institution;
•drafting and negotiating agreements in relation to the Kimberly-Clark's acquisition of Baylis Medical Company's pain management systems business;
•negotiating a $450 million IT infrastructure outsourcing agreement on behalf of the National Bank of Canada;
•assisting a consortium (private equity and pension fund) in their bid to acquire a leading Canadian telecommunication company;
•assisting a financial institution with managing a major data privacy breach incident;
•drafting and negotiating an offshore call centre outsourcing agreement with a leading Quebec-based broadcasting and telecommunications company on behalf of an Egypt-based service-provider;
•drafting and negotiating agreements in relation to a North-America-wide outsourcing of telecommunications network infrastructure services;
•assisting with the renegotiation of a BPO outsourcing agreement with a utilities company; and
•drafting and negotiating an agreement for the sale and maintenance of fiber optic strands on behalf of a utility company.
In his international telecom practice, Mr. Morgan has assisted numerous governments and telecommunications regulatory authorities, whether for law reform, regulatory strategy, (fixed and mobile) licensing, interconnection or universal service projects in a variety of countries, including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Morgan has co-authored the following books: Cyberlaw: What You Need to Know about Doing Business Online (Stoddart, 1997); Cyberlaw: A Guide for South Africans Doing Business Online (Ampersand, 1999); Communications Law in Canada (Butterworths, 2000); Information Technology Law - E-mail (LexisNexis Canada, 2008) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada - Communications (LexisNexis Canada, 2010). He is a contributor to the book The Law of Privacy in Canada (Carswell, 2000).
In addition, Mr. Morgan has authored numerous articles including: Employer Monitoring of Employee Electronic Mail and Internet Use (1999) 44 McGill L.J. 849; Noms de domaines et les marques de commerce utilises sur Internet (2002) 14 :3 C.P.I 793; Monitoring Employee Electronic Mail and Internet Use in Droit du commerce electronique (Les Editions Themis, 2002); Jumping to iCrave's Conclusion?: les amendements proposesla disposition sur la retransmission de la Loi sur le droit d'auteur (2002) 15 :1 C.P.I. 257; Recent Developments in Telecommunications (Lexpert Directory, 2004); I Click, You Click, We All Click... But Do We Have a Contract? (1 C.J.L.T. 2005); Recent Developments in Computer and IT Law (Lexpert Directory, 2006); and Key Legal Considerations for American Tech Companies Doing Business in Canada (Lexpert Guide to the Top 100 Industry Specialists in Canada, 2006).
Mr. Morgan earned his BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1991; his MA in philosophy from Universite de Paris IV-Sorbonne in 1992; and his LLB and BCL from McGill University in 1997. He was called to the Quebec bar in 1998.
Mr. Morgan frequently speaks at conferences on matters related to his practice areas, including data protection, telecommunications, technology and copyright law.