ActivCard Acquires Ankari

French digital identity technology company ActivCard, SA recently acquired Ottawa-based biometrics company Ankari Inc. ActivCard is a leading provider of smart cards and digital identity products and technology. Ankari produces hardware and software that provide organizations with the ability to verify user access through the use of passwords, digital certificates, security tokens, smart cards and biometrics. The US$18 million all cash deal was announced by ActivCard on November 14, 2001.

Stikeman Elliott acted as Canadian counsel to ActivCard with a team that included Edward Claxton, Jean Farley and Annie Lagace. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP acted as U.S. counsel to ActivCard with a team that included Stephen Ferruolo, Christina Vail and Ryan Murr.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP acted for Ankari with a team that included Craig Wright, Derek Keay and Melanie Polowin (employment issues), Bert Clark and Marisia Campbell (patent issues) and Tina Hill.