Keith Spencer

Keith Spencer

Keith Spencer is a partner with the law firm of Fasken Martineau and is the Chair of the Vancouver office’s Securities and Technology Practice Group. Keith’s clients range from start-up to mature private technology companies. Keith was previously in-house counsel to the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, Inc., where he had overall responsibility for its legal affairs.

Keith has lectured in the area of technology and intellectual property law at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and at various Continuing Legal Education and Information Technology industry conferences. He has also authored articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law. Keith is a member of various boards and advisory boards for a significant number of early stage and emerging technology companies and technology industry associations, including Elastic Path Software, INETCO Systems, dPoint Technologies, TalentClick, Envisio Solutions, the BC Technology Industry Association, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, TiE (Charter Member), and the BC Science Fair Foundation. Keith was previously a member of the Board of Directors of BuildDirect of Layer 7 Technologies (acquired by CA) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dyaptive Systems (acquired by JDSU).

Representative Experience

  • General Electric completes acquisition of Wurldtech Security
    Counsel to Wurldtech
  • Layer 7 is Acquired by CA Technologies
    Counsel to Layer 7 Technologies in connection with completing its acquisition by CA Technologies.
  • Radware acquires Strangeloop Networks, leader in web-performance optimization (WPO) solutions for e-commerce and enterprise applications
    Counsel to Strangeloop Networks in connection with its acquisition by Radware.
  • Wolf acquired by TELUS Health Solutions
    Counsel to Wolf Medical Systems Corporation in its multi-million dollar acquisition by a subsidiary of TELUS Health Solutions.
  • Redlen closes a CDN $7.9 million equity financing
    Counsel to Redlen Technologies Inc. in the completion of a CDN $7.9 million financing and the concurrent retirement of certain debt obligations.
  • NowPublic sold to Examiner.com
    Advised NowPublic, Inc.
  • MovieSet Inc. raises $3.5 million financing
    Advised MovieSet Inc.
  • Yaletown Venture Partners and related parties provide up to US$20 million in second round financing to 6N Silicon
    Advised Yaletown Venture Partners and related parties
  • Microsoft acquires 90 Degree
    Advised 90 Degree Software Inc.
  • NGRAIN closes $13.8 million financing
    Advised NGRAIN
  • Exponentia announces multi-million dollar investment from radio owner Emmis Communications
    Advised Exponentia
  • Teradici secures US$18 million in funding
    Advised Teradici Corporation
  • GenoLogics closes Series B financing
    Advised GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc.
  • 3GUpload relaunches as Mixxer
    Advised Mophone
  • MiXPO closes Series A financing
    Advised PiXPO Inc.
  • The Active Network acquires IronPoint Technology
    Advised IronPoint Technology, Inc.
  • Pender Financial acquires ActiveState assets of Sophos
    Advised Sophos, Inc.


  • Shareholders & Founder Agreement, British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), September 28, 2011
  • A Primer in Intellectual Property Rights (and Regrets), Enterprize 2008 Conference, February 1-3, 2008


  • “Digital Signatures, Netlaw 2000, Insight”, January 1, 2002
  • “Recent Developments in Outsourcing: How to Make the Marriage Work, Canadian IT Law Association (2002)”, January 1, 2002
  • “Structuring Start-Ups for Success, Canadian IT Law Association (2001)”, January 1, 2001
  • “Buying and Selling a Business, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Intellectual Property Chapter (2000 and 2001)”, January 1, 2001
  • “Industrial Design and Integrated Circuit Topography Law, B.C. Annual Review of Law and Practise (1995, 1996 and 1997)”, January 1, 1997

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director, dPoint Technologies Ltd.
  • Director, Elastic Path Software Inc.
  • Director, Envisio Solutions Inc.
  • Director, INETCO Systems Limited
  • Former Director, BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc. (2001 – 2008)
  • Former Director, Dyaptive Systems Inc. (2009 – 2012)
  • Former Director, Layer 7 Technologies Inc. (2008-2013)
  • Former Director and Regional Vice President (BC), Canadian IT Law Association
  • Computer Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch

Rankings and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2012-2016 for Technology Law
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2009-2016 for Information Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Vancouver Technology Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2010-2011 and 2013-2015 for Computer & IT Law and Technology Transactions
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2012 for Computer & IT Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions

Community Involvement

  • Director, BC Technology Industries Association (1999-2004)(Present)
  • Director, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Vancouver Branch
  • Director, Vancouver Enterprise Forum
  • Former Director, BC Science Fair Foundation (2006-2014)
  • Former Director, TELUS Science World (2009-2013)
  • Former Director, Family Services of Greater Vancouver (1995-2000)


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