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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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, March 19, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, September 21, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, June 6, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, February 27, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, October 30, 2017.
The Investigations Review of the Americas 2018, Global Investigations Review, August 2017.
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.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Anti-Corruption Investigations and Compliance – Practical Issues and New Developments
International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 10-12, 2019.
Speaker: Internal Investigations: Digging Deeper
Association of Corporate Counsel Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, March 14, 2019.
Speaker: Integrity Network: Internal Investigations
Integrity Network and Transparency International Canada, Calgary, Alberta, March 12, 2019.
Speaker: From Incident to Informed Decision Making: Considerations for Initiating and Managing Internal Investigations
ACC Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, November 6, 2018.
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.
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