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Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison
Mark Morrison Partner | Calgary
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Anti-Corruption

  • Appointed as compliance monitor for SNC-Lavalin pursuant to the probation order imposed by the Quebec Court as part of its sentencing on charges of fraud in Libya

  • Acted as counsel to the Board of Directors during the investigation and resolution of Canada’s largest CFPOA case to date

  • 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, Asia and Eastern Europe

White-Collar Crime

  • Successfully obtained numerous 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

Internal Investigations

  • Undertook a large number of sophisticated internal investigation mandates on a variety of issues, including insider trading and tipping, conflicts of interest, harassment and bullying, fraud, price-fixing, occupational health and safety, environmental spills, sanctions, and a wide assortment of other white-collar or regulatory issues

Compliance

  • Provided compliance advice to well over 100 Canadian and multinational companies, including considerable experience in designing, assessing and testing compliance programs

  • Designed and conducted sophisticated risk assessments that he has carried out on five continents

  • Led comprehensive anti-corruption due diligence for a large number of multinational companies on some of Canada's largest international transactions

Competition

  • Successfully resolved 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 is nominated as White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year in the Benchmark Canada Awards 2020. He is also recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2019 and 2021 (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: Canada, Band 2)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Criminal Defence)

  • Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2020 (Corporate, Individuals)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – GIR 2020 (Investigations)

  • Acritas Stars 2020: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers

  • Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2019

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – GIR 2019 (Investigations)

  • Who's Who Legal: Investigations (Most Highly Regarded)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Business Crime Defence and Investigations - Most Highly Regarded)

  • Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence (Corporate)

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (Litigation Star - White Collar Crime)

  • Global Investigations Review's GIR 100

Professional Activities

Mark is on the Board of Directors of Transparency International (Canada) and a member of the Legal Committee.

Mark is past president of the Calgary Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Moderator: Remediation Agreements in Canada: Will they have an impact on the Canadian Landscape?
    Webinar, Transparency International Canada, July 29, 2020.
  • Panellist: From Incident to Informed Decision Making: Digging into Internal Investigations
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 19, 2019.
  • Panellist: From Incident to Informed Decision Making: Considerations for Initiating and Managing Internal Investigations
    Association of Canadian General Counsel, Vernon, British Columbia, October 4, 2019.
  • Panellist: Practical Strategies for Conducting Effective and Ethical Anti-Corruption Risk Assessments in High Risk Jurisdictions
    18th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute 2019 Conference, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute, National Harbour, Maryland, September 18, 2019.
  • Speaker: Deferred Prosecutions and the New Remediation Agreements
    CCCL 2019 Conference, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 1, 2019.
  • Moderator: Remediation Agreements: What You Need to Know about the new made in Canada DPA Regime, Day of Dialogue
    Transparency International Canada, Toronto, Ontario, May 16, 2019.
  • Speaker: Bribery & Corruption in Canada: The Current State of Play
    TRACE Webinar, TRACE International, Inc., April 30, 2019.
  • Speaker: Key Issues to Resolve in Cross-Border Investigations
    FCPA and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2019, Practising Law Institute, New York, April 17, 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: The Cutting Edge of Compliance: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Anticorruption, Investigations and Responding to Government Enforcement
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 15, 2018.
  • Speaker: From Incident to Informed Decision Making: Considerations for Initiating and Managing Internal Investigations
    Association of Corporate Counsel Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, November 6, 2018.
  • Panellist: 2018 Lex Mundi Cross Border Investigations
    Business Crimes & Compliance Global Meeting, Chicago, October 18-19, 2018.
  • Speaker and Course Leader: Identifying, Investigating and Preventing Economic Crime
    Law Society of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 25-27, 2018.
  • Witness: Bill C-74 Proposed Legislation Providing for Remediation Agreements for Resolution in White Collar Crime Cases
    Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario, May 30, 2018.
  • Moderator: White Collar Crime Enforcement
    Transparency International Canada, 8th Annual Day of Dialogue, Spotlight on Corruption, Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2018.
  • Panellist: Emerging Topics in Cyber Risk, Information Governance and Risk Assessments in the Mining & Metals Sector
    Ernst & Young, Toronto, Ontario, February 26, 2018.
  • Presenter: Integrity Network Anti-Corruption and Fraud Risk Assessments
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, February 7, 2018.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Rough start for remediation agreements
    Canadian Lawyer (online), April 30, 2019.
  • Quoted: Canadian graft ruling muddies water on government officials – analysis
    PaRR-Global.com, April 1, 2019.
  • Quoted: Lawyers Part of Anti-Corruption Training
    Law Times, October 15, 2018.
Education

Admitted to the Alberta Bar - 1996
LL.B., Queen's University - 1995
B.A., Queen's University - 1992

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