Mark Morrison
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726

Mark advises and defends clients with respect to white-collar crime, anti-corruption, competition and commercial litigation. He has substantial trial experience and has also directed numerous multi-jurisdictional internal investigations for public and private companies.

Mark has defended large corporate clients on charges under criminal, anti-corruption, competition, occupational health and safety, securities and environmental legislation. He also conducts independent investigations on sophisticated white-collar, anti-corruption and competition matters, and advises clients in responding to regulatory and criminal search warrants and investigations.

Mark regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation (including the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA)), and has conducted numerous CFPOA internal investigations. He also assists clients with CFPOA/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due diligence during mergers and acquisitions.

Mark's commercial litigation experience includes class action product liability and large property damage claims.

Mark is Co-Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance Group

SELECT EXPERIENCE

White Collar Crime

  • Numerous successful acquittals, including defence of a large U.S. company, and its Canadian subsidiary, against a number of Criminal Code charges alleging bribery of public officials
  • Responded to a number of search and seizures, including successfully defending a Canadian corporation and its principal against a 50-count indictment alleging a cross-border conspiracy to smuggle goods into Canada

Anticorruption

  • 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
  • Counsel to the Board of Directors of a Canadian energy company in relation to an investigation into improper payments to foreign government officials, ultimately resulting in a resolution of CFPOA charges

Competition

  • Successful resolution of numerous Competition Bureau bid-rigging, price-fixing and misleading advertising cases, including responding to a search warrant and defending the Canadian subsidiary of a large U.S. energy trader against a Competition Bureau investigation into allegations of bid-rigging
  • Conducted a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation of bid-rigging and conspiracy allegations for a large U.S. and Canadian issuer

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Defended numerous clients faced with investigations and prosecutions arising from fatalities and serious workplace injuries

Securities Litigation

  • Defended numerous clients in responding to Alberta Securities Commission investigations, and in defending Securities Act charges, including complex fraud allegations

Commercial Litigation

  • Acted as counsel for a major energy company in a three-month trial of a complex pipeline construction dispute

Class Actions

  • Defended financial institutions named in a C$110-million claim arising from a Ponzi scheme, as well as a number of product liability class actions
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Mark was a finalist in the Benchmark Canada Awards 2016 in the category of White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year. He is also recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the following publications::

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (White-Collar Crime: Canada, Band 2)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2016 Edition (Litigation Star - White Collar Crime)
  • Chambers Canada 2016 (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Canada)
  • Who's Who Legal 2016 - Compendium Edition

  • Who's Who Legal 2016 (Investigations)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended - Dispute Resolution, International Trade)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016, 2015, 2014 (Product Liability Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015 (Business Crime Defence and Investigations), 2014 (Most Highly Regarded Individual - Investigations)

  • Who's Who Legal 2015 (Investigations Lawyers)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 (Most Highly Regarded Individual - Investigations), Business Crime Defence Lawyers - 2015, 2014, 2012

  • Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2015

  • Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers 2014

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers 2014 (Canada)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2014 Edition (Litigation Star - White Collar Crime and Class Actions; Future Star - Alberta)
PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Growing Pains in the Evolution of Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement
The FCPA Report, Vol. 6, No. 4, New York, New York, March 1, 2017.
Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Blakes Business Class, December 6, 2016.
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, New York, NY, June 1, 2016.
Blakes Business Class on Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance, June 3, 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: Cartels: Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions
Global Legal Insights, Fourth Edition, February 2016.
Author: Enterprise Risk Management
Corporate Counsel Magazine, November 2015.
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: 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.
Co-author: Mid-Year Review of Anti-Corruption Law North of the 49th Parallel
FCPA Professor, August 20, 2014.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, May 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Presenter: Latest Developments in International Anti-Corruption Laws
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, February 12, 2017.
Panellist: Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Canada - How to Improve? (Chatham House Rule)
Nothing to Hide: Unmasking the Anonymous Owners of Canadian Companies and Trusts, Transparency International Canada, Vancouver, B.C., December 9, 2016.
Panellist: Global Investigations: Anti-corruption trends/Use of shell companies (Panama Papers)
2016 Calgary Corporate Fraud and Compliance Forum, Calgary, Alberta November 15, 2016.
Panellist: Analyzing and Managing Risk Workshop for In-House Lawyers
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 3, 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: Risky Business: A Fresh Look at Regulatory Compliance
Blakes Business Class Seminar, September 14, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.
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.
Presenter: Regulatory Issues: Competition and Anti-Corruption Compliance
CBA Skilled Lawyer Series 2016, June 28, 2016.
Speaker: Staying Compliant in a Troubled Economy
Transparency International 6th Annual Day of Dialogue 2016: Spotlight on Corruption,Toronto, Ontario, May 10, 2016.
Speaker: Balancing Aboriginal Rights with the Regulatory State: Are We Closer to Never Land or Just Confusing Everybody?
ABA Section of International Law 2015 Fall Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, October 20-24, 2015.
Panel Moderator: Assessing the crucial factors to be considered when building, maintaining and updating a global compliance programme in the mining industry
Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining: Toronto, October 8-9, 2015.
Panellist: The Interplay between Cartel and Anti-Corruption Enforcement
CBA 2015 Competition Law Spring Forum, The Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2015.
Panellist: Determining the Nuances of Cooperation between Industry and Regulator: Clarifying the Relationship using the RCMP and the SEC as examples
Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining Conference, Mining Journal, London, May 19-21, 2015.
Speaker: Legal Considerations when Structuring and Carrying out Internal Investigations
2015 Fraud Prevention Training Seminar, Hosted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Internal Auditors, Edmonton, AB, March 4-5, 2015
Speaker: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
Blakes Business Class Seminar, February 24, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Chair: Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining Conference
Mining Journal, Toronto, Ontario, Dec 11-12, 2014.
Moderator: Determining the nuances of cooperation between industry and regulator: Clarifying the relationship
Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining Conference, Mining Journal, Toronto, Ontario, Dec 11-12, 2014.
Speaker: Ethics 101: A Primer
Best Practices for Audit Committee Effectiveness Course, Federated Press, Calgary, Alberta, November 18, 2014.
Speaker: Conducting Effective Internal Investigations
Litigation Management Supercourse, Network of Trial Law Firms, San Diego, CA, October 24-26, 2014.
Co-chair: Insight Information Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Conference
Calgary, Alberta, June 18-19, 2014.
Speaker: Internal Investigations and Government Investigations
Insight Information Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Conference. Calgary, Alberta, June 18, 2014.
Speaker: The Evolution of Canadian Anti-Corruption Law & Enforcement
The Mining Journal, Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining, London, May 28, 2014.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: How to get your daily dose of risk management Canadian Lawyer Magazine (online)
November 7, 2016.
Quoted: New anti-corruption policy could backfire: experts
The Lawyers Weekly, volume 36, No. 4, page 5, June 3, 2016.
Quoted: SCC Decisions a Win for Anti-Corruption, Top Court Upheld World Bank Immunities
Lexpert Magazine, June 2016.
Quoted: Whistleblower bounty risks; By incentivizing wrong conduct, bounty programs undermine corporate compliance efforts
National Post, July 29, 2015
Quoted: White-Collar Crime
Interviewed by Sandra Rubin, Lexpert Magazine, July 2015
Interviewed: Should Market Whistleblowers get a Bounty?
Interviewed by Jim Brown, The 180, CBC Radio, CBC Television National, June 21, 2015
Quoted: Make Anti-Corruption Compliance a Priority
Interviewed by Pablo Fuchs, Corporate Risk Canada, March 2015
Quoted: Canada Gets Serious on Enforcement
Compliance Week, March 3, 2015
Interviewed: Mining Industry Revisits Anti-Corruption Procedures
Interviewed by Trish Saywell, The Northern Miner, Global Mining News, January 14, 2015.
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