Michael Dixon
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9786

Michael's practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation and arbitration, with a focus on oil and gas law, contract disputes, royalty disputes, fraud claims and insurance matters.

Michael regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-bribery and corruption legislation. He has conducted internal investigations in response to corruption allegations. Michael also assists clients with implementing and improving anti-corruption compliance programs and with anti-corruption diligence during mergers, financings and other commercial transactions.

Michael also advises on compliance with a variety of other criminal and regulatory legislation and has defended clients charged under a variety of criminal and regulatory statutes. He also advises clients on search and seizure issues.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Among the matters in which Michael has been involved are the following:

  • Defended a large U.S. company, and its Canadian subsidiary, against a number of Criminal Code charges alleging bribery of public officials.
  • Conducted international anticorruption investigations for a number of multinational clients in relation to allegations of improper payments to government officials in South America, Central America, Africa and Asia
  • Designed and implemented numerous anticorruption programs for multinational corporations
  • Defended fraud and other related charges
  • Defended clients faced with investigations and prosecutions arising from fatalities and serious workplace injuries
  • Assisted clients in responding to Alberta Securities Commission investigations
  • Represented a large company in a C$50-million arbitration
  • Acted in a commercial arbitration relating to pipeline construction standards and deficiencies
  • Acted in disputes involving Crown and freehold royalties
  • Acted in coverage disputes relating to faulty design and workmanship exclusions, and provided coverage advice with respect to historical and "long tail" insurance claims and in relation to political risk insurance in high risk foreign energy jurisdictions
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Business Crime Defence)

  • Global Investigation Review's 40 under 40 (Recognized in 2014 as a leading investigations specialist)

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Bribery & Corruption: Brief Overview of the Law and Enforcement Regime Global Legal Insights
4th Edition, November 16, 2016.
Co-author: Supreme Court of Canada Weighs in on International Corruption Investigations
The FCPA Report, Vol. 5, No 11, June 1, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution, May 4, 2016.
Co-author: Internal Investigations, Reporting and Discipline
Designing an Anti-Corruption Program: A Guide for Canadian Business, Global Compact Network Canada, May 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, and Procurement, April 27, 2016.
Co-author: Conducting Business in Canada: Navigating Canada's Anti-Corruption Laws
Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, Expert Guides, Legal Media Group, March 2016.
Blakes Whitepaper on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, March 1, 2016.
Co-author: Mid-Year Review of Anti-Corruption Law North of The 49th Parallel
FCPA Professor, August 27, 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, July 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, June, 2015.
Co-author: Cartels, Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions
Global Legal Insights, Third Edition, February 2015.
Co-author: The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review
Third Edition, November 2014.
Co-author: Year End Review of Anti-Corruption Law North of the 49th Parallel
FCPA Professor, January 2015.
Co-author: Bribery & Corruption
Global Legal Insights, Second Edition, November 2014.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review, Law Business Research, Third Edition, November 2014.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, November 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Panellist: Crucial Factors in Building, Maintaining, and Updating a Global Compliance Program in the Resource Industry
International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, April 26-28, 2017.
Speaker: Anti-Corruption Enforcement in a Low Oil Price Environment
Western Canada Anti-Corruption Conference, Transparency International Canada, Calgary, Alberta, January 18, 2017.
Co-speaker: Business Crimes in Canada
2016 Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group North America Regional Meeting, Lex Mundi, Nashville, Tennessee, November 10-11, 2016.
Speaker: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 19, 2016
Speaker: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, September 18, 2016
Speaker: Internal Investigations, Reporting & Discipline
Global Compact Network Canada, July 13, 2016.
Moderator: Compliance Lessons: What the Oil and Gas Industry can Learn from the Mining Industry
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, July 12, 2016.
Panellist: Implementing best-practices in undertaking internal investigations when corruption is suspected in your organization
Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining: Toronto, October 8-9, 2015.
Co-speaker: Risks and Best Practices for Fast-Growing Companies Operating in Emerging Markets
The Canadian Institute's Practical Guide to Implementing Anti-Corruption Compliance, Toronto, Ontario, June 23-24, 2015.
Discussion Leader: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, Feb 24, 2015
Panellist: Latin America: Navigating through Latin America's regulatory environment and working with governments
Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining Conference, Mining Journal, Toronto, Ontario, Dec 11-12, 2014.
Co-speaker: Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance at Home and Abroad
Major Business Agreements Forum, Calgary, Alberta, Dec 9-10, 2014.
Speaker: Drilling Down on Corruption: Compliance Considerations for International Business
CBA Anti-Corruption Presentation. Calgary, Alberta, September 18, 2014.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Make Anti-Corruption Compliance a Priority
interview by Pablo Fuchs, Corporate Risk Canada, March 2015.
Quoted: Required to Report, Preparing for the new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act
Article by Lori-Ann Beausoleil, Lexpert, February 2015
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