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Liam Kelley

Liam Kelley
Liam Kelley Associate | Toronto
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Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance / Public Sector Crisis & Compliance

  • International investigations related to bribery allegations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean

  • International and domestic investigations relating to allegations of fraud and  conflicts of interest

  • Global anti-corruption and anti-fraud risk assessments

  • Anti-money laundering investigations for financial institutions

  • Acting for an Ontario public issuer in connection with an internal investigation into issues of compensation, conflicts of interest, and breach of fiduciary duty by senior management

  • Acting for multinational clients in connection with the design and implementation of compliance programs

  • Advising clients in the natural resources industry in respect of compliance with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

  • Advising clients in respect of compliance with the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act

  • Conducting anti-corruption due diligence during commercial transactions

  • Assisting clients with crisis response and management on highly sensitive matters, including responding to public inquiries

Commercial Litigation

  • Lead counsel on asset tracing and recovery litigation for large corporate clients

  • Lead counsel on litigation and investigation matters for Canadian sports organizations

  • Representing a major transportation company in a final offer arbitration proceeding under the Canada Transportation Act

  • Representing a public gaming company in successfully defending an application to prevent the conversion of its convertible preferred shares to common shares

  • Representing public companies in connection with statutory plan of arrangement proceedings

  • Representing an oil and gas services company in respect of a multimillion-dollar construction arbitration

Professional Activities

Liam has served as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University).

Liam is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Anti-Corruption Team.

  • Co-author: Ontario Superior Court Provides Key Guidance About the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
    Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, March 21, 2023.
  • Co-author: Corporate Crime, Fraud and Corruption: Overview
    Practical Law Thomson Reuters, November 18, 2022.
  • Co-author: Financial Crime in Canada: Overview
    Practical Law Thomson Reuters, December 1, 2021.
  • Co-author: Total Return Swap "Clearly Abusive" in IPL Bid
    Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution / Mergers & Acquisitions, January 7, 2021.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2018
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2015
JD, Western University – 2014
BA (First Class Hon., Political Science), St. Francis Xavier University – 2011

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