Theo C. Ling

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Theo Ling is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Toronto office. He heads the Firm's Canadian Information Technology/Communications (IT/C) Practice Group and is a senior member of the Global IT/C Practice Group, which is top ranked by Chambers & Partners in each of the areas of data protection, outsourcing, and technology and communications. Theo’s international commercial/regulatory practice is focused on technology-based issues and the converging computer, internet and communications industries.

Practice Focus

Theo is recognized for his creative, pragmatic, and solution-based approach, which he applies when helping market leading businesses develop and implement effective global strategies to: support multijurisdictional commercial activities and manage complex cross-border compliance risks. He is chair of the Firm's Global Privacy and Information Management Steering Committee and is a lead editor of the Global Privacy Handbook, Baker McKenzie's highly regarded resource for international data privacy laws and trends. Theo is the coordinator of BakerGPS (Global Privacy Strategy), a virtual privacy think-tank and also serves on the Advisory Council for Nymity, a leading privacy-research firm and Panel of Experts for DataGuidance, a publisher of global data protection and privacy compliance information. He was also recently elected as co-chair of the IAPP KnowledgeNet.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advises software and hardware manufacturers on a wide range of computer-related issues involving the sale and license of technology, acquisition of technology companies, outsourcing, and software development and consulting arrangements.
  • Advises multinational corporate clients with respect to international commercial and regulatory compliance, privacy, information management, encryption, digital signature and electronic commerce issues.
  • Advises providers of internet-based services, as well as corporate clients that utilize internet-based services, on issues related to websites, protection of intellectual property, domain names, licensing issues and electronic commerce.
  • Advises clients on a variety of issues relating to the regulation of telecommunication services in Canada and on a multijurisdictional basis.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
  • Canadian Uniform Law Conference Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce
  • Toronto Lawyers Computer Group - Information Security Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Hong Kong Canada Business Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • IT Canada Law Associate - Former Director and Chair of Privacy Sub-Committee
  • American Bar Association - Electronic Commerce Division
  • Canada China Business Council
  • Computer Law Association


  • Ontario~Canada (1994)


  • Queen's University (LL.B.) (1992)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (Master of Arts International Relations) (1989)
  • University of Toronto (B.A. International Relations) (1988)


  • Chinese
  • English
  • French