OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Canadian businesses are coming under increasing scrutiny both at home and abroad to ensure that their domestic and foreign operations comply with anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation. As a result, it is essential for Canadian businesses to have clear guidance regarding anti-corruption and anti-bribery regimes, establish and enforce effective anti-corruption policies and conduct appropriate and thorough due diligence when entering into transactions with businesses that operate in foreign operations.

In the face of increased enforcement of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the potential for exposure to significant criminal and civil liability for rule violations and of possible significant reputational damage is realistic. Blakes has a well-recognized International Trade team that has provided advice to Canadian businesses operating abroad in all aspects of foreign anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters.

We regularly provide risk avoidance and compliance advice and have successfully defended clients charged with corruption and bribery of foreign public officials. Additionally, in conjunction with our White Collar Crimes and Financial Services groups, we provide advice and analysis regarding Canadian laws and international agreements prohibiting bribery of public officials, possession of proceeds of bribery and laundering of proceeds of bribery.

Clients frequently engage us to review contract terms with foreign agents and joint venture partners and to conduct bribery and corruption due diligence investigations in merger and acquisition situations and internal investigation scenarios. They also regularly seek our advice on establishing and enforcing anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies and compliance programs and for guidance on interpretation of Canada’s CFPOA.


Representative Matters

  • Providing a premier energy company with advice regarding anti-corruption compliance pertaining to their distributors.
  • Advised one of the world's leading manufacturers of construction and mining equipment on appropriate language relating to anti-corruption for a purchase and sale agreement.
  • Provided advice regarding CFPOA compliance to an operating company with oil and gas interests in Colombia proposing to pursue an initial public offering.
  • Conducted a preliminary anti-bribery/export control/sanctions audit for a global provider of helicopter transportation services to assess possible gaps and recommend changes to current compliance functions.
  • Drafted the business code of conduct provisions of a Canadian lumber company with extensive operations throughout Canada to reflect compliance with Canadian anti-bribery/foreign corrupt practices law.
 

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Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7444
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Power, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade
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Toronto: 416-863-5280
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, International Trade
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4290
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Africa
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Cannabis, Intellectual Property, Government & Public Sector
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade, Environmental
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Tax, Cannabis
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Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Tax, International Trade, Infrastructure, Capital Markets, Infrastructure, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, Tax, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3272
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Power, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade
Consultant | Beijing
Beijing: +86-10-6530-9001
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining, Mining, Mining
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4241
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax, International Trade, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5287
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Mining, Mining, Mining, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Riyadh, Al-Khobar
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7422
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Investment, Middle East, India
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4154
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Insurance, Insurance, Financial Services, International Trade, Capital Markets, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2409
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Private Equity, Automotive, Manufacturing, Power, Oil & Gas, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
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