Stephen Whitehead practises primarily in the areas of communications and business law. He became a partner of Fasken Martineau when it merged with Johnston & Buchan LLP in April 2007. Stephen had joined Johnston & Buchan in 1983 after practising corporate and securities law at a large firm in Ottawa, and became a partner of Johnston & Buchan in 1985.
Stephen provides a variety of business law services to clients in the communications, financial and high technology industries, including advising on the application of foreign ownership restrictions to communications and media companies in Canada, the outsourcing of telecommunications and software development requirements and the procurement of telecommunications and information technology facilities and services.
He practises extensively in the field of satellite communications, including advising on domestic, foreign and international regulation of satellite systems and services and the negotiation of commercial agreements for the interconnection of satellite and other telecommunications systems and for the provision of satellite services.
Stephen also advises frequently on regulatory and commercial issues relating to telecommunications and broadcasting companies and on commercial real estate leases for office, retail and industrial space.
He has been the corporate secretary, since its inception in 1997, of the industry consortium that supervises the Canadian regulatory regime for subsidizing local telephone service in high cost areas.