OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

As Canadian and international laws relating to business crimes strengthen, there is a corresponding move towards greater enforcement. Recent high-profile cases demonstrate the devastating impact that criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions can have on a company, its officers, directors, employees and shareholders.

Blakes has a robust national Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance practice. We have extensive experience investigating, advising on and successfully defending clients in criminal, quasi-criminal, anti-corruption, regulatory and compliance matters. Multinational and domestic corporations and individuals subject to Canadian law retain us to advise and defend them in respect of a wide range of white-collar criminal charges, including under the Criminal Code, Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Income Tax Act, Competition Act, Customs Act and provincial securities legislation. We also represent clients in pensions, environmental, tax and workplace safety matters, including preparing for audits, responding to regulatory inquiries and defending regulatory charges.

In addition, we have significant experience directing multi-jurisdictional independent investigations on sophisticated white-collar, anti-corruption and competition matters. This allows us to quickly advise on complex matters relating to the structure and conduct of internal investigations, privilege protection strategies, corporate governance, and disclosure considerations and strategies for investigating sensitive matters discreetly, with minimal interruption to ongoing business operations.

We regularly provide anti-corruption and compliance advice and have successfully defended clients charged with corruption and bribery of public officials. We are routinely engaged to conduct internal investigations, develop anti-corruption compliance programs, review contract terms with foreign agents and joint venture partners, and conduct detailed anti-corruption due diligence during transactions. Prominent publicly traded companies regularly seek our advice in establishing anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies, compliance training, and reviewing the legality of proposed business practices. Our compliance expertise extends to legal and regulatory requirements relating to anti-money laundering, prevention of terrorist financing and other dealings prohibited by sanctions legislation.

Blakes mobilizes teams on short notice to respond to urgent matters, including search warrants, production orders and compelled interviews. Our criminal and civil law expertise, extensive corporate and commercial litigation experience, and specialized national resources set us apart from other law firms when dealing with criminal and regulatory charges relating to businesses.


Representative Matters

  • Counsel to a Canadian energy company’s board of directors in relation to an investigation into improper payments to foreign government officials, ultimately resulting in resolution of CFPOA charges.
  • Successful defence of a prominent U.S. issuer, and its Canadian subsidiary, against a number of criminal charges for alleged bribery of public officials.
  • Successful defence of a major international fraud prosecution stemming from the Airbus affair.
  • Numerous successful defences and resolutions for large public issuers facing investigations and prosecutions for conspiracy, price-fixing and bid-rigging offences.
  • Successful defence of a large publicly traded Canadian corporation against a number of environmental charges arising from Canada's largest inland oil spill.
  • Numerous international investigations for multinational clients in relation to allegations of improper payments to government officials in South America, Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. 
  • Complex multi-jurisdictional investigation of bid-rigging and conspiracy allegations for a large U.S. and Canadian issuer.
  • Thorough anti-corruption due diligence for M&A and capital market transactions involving companies or assets in emerging markets in South America, Central America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
  • Successful defence of institutional and individual clients in securities-related investigations and prosecutions by Canadian securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations.
  • Conducting multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption and fraud risk assessments for various operations in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe.
  • Defence of numerous clients faced with investigations and prosecutions arising from fatalities and serious workplace injuries.
  • Challenge of search warrants and demands for information and documents under the Criminal Code, Customs Act, Competition Act, Income Tax Act and other statutes.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of our Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance group are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – White Collar Crime
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations 
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Criminal Defense
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 
  • Who’s Who Legal: Investigations
  • Who's Who Legal: Business Crimes Defence​

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2678
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Class Actions, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Dispute Resolution, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2635
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, IP Litigation, Technology, Life Sciences, Europe, United States, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Counterfeiting , International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: Investment Treaty Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2429
Areas of Expertise: Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9786
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4257
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Privacy
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: International Dispute Resolution, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, International Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5849
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Class Actions, Privacy, Freedom of Information, Media & Defamation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4020
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Product Liability, Restructuring & Insolvency, Aviation/Aerospace, Manufacturing, Banking, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4011
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Media & Defamation, Corporate Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2956
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Lobbying, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9687
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Power, Corporate Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Construction Dispute Resolution, Anti-Corruption & Bribery
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9604
Areas of Expertise: International Dispute Resolution, Energy, Construction, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2705
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Insurance Litigation, Class Actions
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Corporate Litigation, Class Actions, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9731
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4274
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Competition Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4103
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Insurance Litigation, Product Liability, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3305
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation, International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3290
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Financial Services, Fintech, Credit Unions, Cannabis
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