Microsoft and Bell Enter Strategic Alliance

On June 16, 2003, Microsoft Corporation and Bell Canada entered a strategic alliance to deliver next generation internet services and a single co-branded portal for the Canadian market. The portal will offer the content and services currently delivered on msn.ca and sympatico.ca. Microsoft and Bell also entered into a framework agreement for facilitating joint projects in the future.

Microsoft was represented by an in-house legal team led by Pat Kirsch and Mike Martin (information technology) and Michael Eisen (competition), and by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP with a team that included Mike Fekete (information technology and privacy), Peter Franklyn (competition), Kirsten Embree (regulatory), Glen Bloom (copyright) and Andraya Frith (trademarks).

Bell Canada was represented by an in-house legal team led by Kevin Assaff (corporate commercial) and Sylvia Crews (information technology), and supported by Pascale Chapdelaine (intellectual property), David Wolinsky (competition), David Elder (regulatory and privacy) and Scott MacEachern (commercial); and by Scott Miller, Lisa Dickinson, Josh Bressler and Orla O’Connor of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP; and Monica Kowal and Christine Ing (information technology) of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.