Daniel Logan has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner in Toronto, bringing more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial technology and outsourcing transactions.
Daniel brings a particular expertise working with clients in the financial services sector, and will be a member of the Firm's North America International Commercial Practice. He most recently served as a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault, where he divided his practice between his transactional work and designing, implementing and managing innovative legal processing solutions.
"Daniel is considered one of the leading transactional IT lawyers in Canada and he is one of only a handful of practitioners recognized with extensive FinTech experience by Canadian financial services companies," said Kevin Coon, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. "His industry expertise and understanding of the type of technology solutions banks need for the future will be an immediate benefit to our clients."
Daniel advises financial services companies on IT- and FinTech-related matters. He drafts contracts and negotiates agreements for technology equipment, services and software for clients who outsource this work and purchase the technology from a variety of providers. Additionally, he advises banks on their agreements with credit card/debit card companies. Daniel has also developed and provided a contract management platform for these agreements.
Working closely with Baker McKenzie's Information Technology/Communications group, Daniel will help develop and expand the Firm's legal service solutions, such as iG360, an award-winning and comprehensive online legal platform developed by Baker McKenzie Partner Theo Ling that guides clients through the expanding web of information governance and compliance issues in more than 150 countries across the globe.
"Financial services companies are looking to develop their own technology solutions, and Daniel has a proven track record developing the innovative solutions companies want for the future," said Miguel Noyola, Chair of the Firm's North American International Commercial Practice. "We are pleased to add his leading-edge practice to our transactional IT and FinTech practices."
Baker McKenzie provides the full range of legal services financial institutions and FinTech innovators need to develop and adopt products and services, such as crowdfunding, e-payment platforms, cryptocurrencies, digital banking and peer-to-peer lending. The Firm's practitioners advise clients on FinTech matters including data protection, regulatory compliance, tax structuring, capital raising, consumer protection, commercial contracts, M&A, competition law and employment matters.
The Firm's North America International Commercial Practice advises multinational companies on legal issues that impact their global business strategies, operating out of a network that spans 47 countries. Ranked by both Chambers and Legal 500, the practice helps clients successfully compete in the world's developed and emerging markets.
"Baker McKenzie is dedicated to delivering innovative services, and Daniel is another prominent hire for our Firm who brings impressive experience in developing unique, forward-thinking solutions for clients," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North America Managing Partner.
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets and practice areas. Daniel joining the Firm's International Commercial Practice follows the arrival of policy and regulatory attorney Rod Hunter in Washington, DC, as well as international trade and investment advisor James Small and data privacy lawyer Dean Dolan, who both joined the Firm in Toronto.
"FinTech is a rapidly evolving and exciting area of practice, and Baker McKenzie's global platform and commitment to providing innovative legal solutions will allow me to enhance the services I offer my clients," Daniel said. "I am very happy to join the Firm's growing team in Toronto."
About Daniel Logan
Daniel received his B.A. from University of King's College, his M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University in 1990, his B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, his LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and later received his M.A. from University of Oxford.
Daniel began his career as an associate at Stikeman Elliott, where he focused on corporate and commercial information technology work, before joining Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt as a Partner, focusing on commercial IT matters and M&A transaction work. He later joined Torys as the head of the Technology and Business Sourcing Group.
Chambers Global has recognized Daniel for his work on Information Technology matters. In addition, he was recognized by the Financial Times in its 2015 North American Innovation Awards as one of the leading innovators in the region for his work on the design and implementation of legal processing solutions while a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault.
In addition to his transactional work, Daniel has been involved with the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE). As an active member of the teaching faculty, he has worked with all of the major financial institutions and outsourcing companies in Toronto to train and educate them about finding the best outsourcing solutions for their businesses.