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Stephen Zolf



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1989

Stephen Zolf is a partner with the firm's Corporate/Commercial Group and a member of the Communications, Sports & Media and Technology Teams.

PracticeStephen Zolf is a partner with Aird & Berlis where his practice focuses on media and telecom regulation and competition/foreign investment law relating to merger clearance under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act. Stephen has specific expertise on the legislative and regulatory framework governing Canada’s communications sector under the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and the Canadian Copyright Act.
Stephen provides strategic and regulatory advice to media clients on a broad range of matters including Canadian content rules and regulations, funding of Canadian producers and content creators and intellectual property issues relating to the acquisition of content for online and digital platforms. He also advises clients on telecom matters such as the provision of competitive access to cable/telecom telecommunications facilities and networks and wireless spectrum policy.
Stephen’s expertise extends to the application of the specific foreign investment rules in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, including regulatory approval for transfers of ownership and control.
Stephen has acted as regulatory/legal counsel in a number of major high profile media transactions in Canada. He has appeared before various administrative tribunals and agencies, including the CRTC, the Canadian Copyright Board, the Competition Bureau and Industry Canada.
Stephen has been consistently recognized as a leading practitioner of communications and media law by Chambers and Partners, Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Legal Media Group.
Before studying for his law degree, Stephen worked as an economist and policy advisor for the Canadian government in the area of competition policy, regulatory reform and telecommunications.
Stephen speaks regularly on broadcasting policy, telecommunications and copyright law.

Special Designations

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Telecommunications & Broadcasting

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting (Canada)

The Legal 500 Canada, Technology, Media and Telecoms

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Telecommunications

The Best Lawyers in Canada, Communications Law and Media Law

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers

MembershipsAmerican Bar Association

Professional ActivitiesCanadian Bar Association (Ontario) - Executive Committee, Entertainment, Media and Communications Section (since 2010)
Legal Alert (Carswell), Editor (Telecommunications)

EducationLL.B., University of Toronto, 1987
M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1983
B.A. (Econ.), University of British Columbia, 1981