Summary Section Content 1BLG's Investigations and White Collar Defence Group acts for clients in internal investigations, as well as in all phases of the investigation and prosecution of white collar criminal and regulatory offences. Our matters have included some of the highest profile investigations and white collar prosecutions in Canadian history. We are also frequently called upon to act as Canadian counsel to multinational corporations, their directors and officers in multi-jurisdictional investigations and enforcement actions. Partners within our group have been recognized as leading lawyers in Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, and the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigators. When proceedings are instituted (including follow-on class actions), the courtroom experience of our litigators is unparalleled in Canada. Collectively, BLG lawyers have tried hundreds of cases, and they appear frequently in Canada's appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. As the largest Canadian law firm, BLG is uniquely positioned to assist clients in navigating the increasingly complex business and regulatory environments in which they operate. With access to over 700 professionals across the country in a variety of disciplines, the lawyers in our Group are well-equipped to assist clients with complex and multifaceted legal problems. The Group regularly acts for clients in a range of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Construction, Energy and Retail. Presentations & Publications Section Content 2Recent Blog Posts Bank Liable for Failing to Properly Report to Credit Bureaus Legal Privilege Strategy for Cyber Risk Management – Part 2 OSC Whistleblower Policy Comes Into Effect BLG Lawyers On OSC Whistleblower Reward Program New SCC decision on pre-trial delay likely to have a significant impact on white collar prosecutions Edmonton Area Man Now Faces Criminal Charges in Addition to the Sanctions Ordered by the ASC Criminal Conviction of Attorney for Property Gives Rise to Important Lessons for Financial Institutions and Advisors The FinTech Revolution – Industry Trends and Legal Challenges Are mandatory minimum sentences for white collar offences unconstitutional - hypothetically? Panama Papers Highlight Need for Proper Cybersecurity $1 Million Costs Award Protects Commercial Landlords and Mortgage Lenders Québec Judge Imposes 18 Month Sentence for Credit Card Fraud Recent Alberta Decisions a Warning to Financial Institutions: be More Diligent Silence in the face of receiver’s mistaken apprehension about property buyer’s intentions amounted to fraudulent misrepresentation Manitoba Court of Appeal Upholds Significant Jail Sentence for Credit Card Fraud B.C. Securities Commission Adds Hefty Fine to U.S. Prison Sentence for Ponzi Schemer Corporate-veil piercing claim against owner of cheque-cashing facility for knowing receipt certified as class action Court Finds that Deloitte did not Owe Lenders a Duty of Care in Preparing Company’s Audited Financial Statements Bank Liable for Allowing Customer Continued Access to Electronic Banking Facilities, where it had Notice of the Customer’s Breach of Trust Court Rules Banks Not Liable for Converting Cheques Made to Non-Existing/Fictitious Payees Court Provides Guidance on Definition of "Promoter" in Secondary Market Class Actions Fraud Against Banks May be Dealt with on Summary Judgment Ontario Superior Court Says Fraud Against Banks May be Dealt with on Summary Judgment, September 18, 2015Presentations Ross McGowan, "From Curbside to Store Front: Risks of Rewards From the Business of Marihuana," BLG Seminar, June 2016."Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws," October 2015 Ross McGowan, "Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws," Institute of Internal Auditors, Vancouver Island Fraud Conference, October 2015. Ross McGowan, "Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws – Why You Need a Corporate Policy on Foreign Anti-Corruption (and Foreign Political Contributions) and What it Should Contain," Institute of Internal Auditors, October 2015. "How to Untie a Ponzi Scheme: From First Principles to the Proverbial Gordian Knot," September 2015 Publications Ross McGowan, "International Compliance - Anti-bribery and Corruption Laws," (Canada Chapter ), C. H. BECK, Hart, Nomos, July 2016. Ross McGowan, Tyler Hodgson and Subrata Bhattacharjee, "International Compliance — Legal Requirements of Business Organisation in Over 30 Countries," (Canada Chapter ), C. H. BECK, Hart, Nomos, July 2016. "Whistleblower Policy Bulletin," July 2016."Canada updates AML/ATF Regulations and Guidance," July 2016."Production Order Challenge Results in Recognition of Duty to Assert Consumer Privacy Rights," January 2016. Our Services Section Content 3Our Investigations and White Collar Defence Group regularly acts for clients in the following areas: Conducting internal investigations on behalf of public and private corporations as well as public institutions. Defending corporations and individuals in investigations and prosecutions for illegal insider trading, market manipulation, price-fixing, bid rigging, public corruption, bribery, fraud and other white collar offences. Representing market registrants, public companies and their respective officers, directors and shareholders in all manner of proceedings and prosecutions before provincial securities commissions and the self-regulatory organizations that regulate the investment industry. Representing public and private companies in international and domestic cartel investigations as well as other criminal matters under the Competition Act. Providing advice in relation to compliance with anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, antitrust and securities legislation. Acting as Canadian counsel in multi-jurisdictional and cross–border investigations and enforcement proceedings. Our Experience Section Content 4Conducted an internal investigation for multi-national construction service provider regarding allegations of employee fraud and kickbacks. Defended a client in a Canadian Competition Bureau investigation concerning alleged price fixing in the Quebec retail gas sector. Represented a UK-based national charged with bribery under the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Represented a Canadian bank-owned securities dealer in an internal investigation and regulatory investigation into the collapse of asset-backed commercial paper market. Conducted an internal investigation for a major Canadian retailer related to alleged product mislabelling contrary to the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and other applicable legislation. Represented an individual charged with conspiracy to export military defence articles without a valid license. Conducted an internal investigation for a public sector institution regarding alleged conflicts of interest and misuse of public funds. Represented senior executives of a major Canadian technology company during an internal investigation, regulatory investigation and regulatory proceedings in relation to options back-dating allegations. Represented Canadian bank-owned securities dealer in an internal investigation and subsequent OSC no-contest settlement regarding allegations of control and supervision inadequacies in respect of customer fees. Represented a major Canadian investment dealer in a regulatory prosecution under the Pension Benefits Act. Advised organizations on anti-corruption and bribery policies, also provided investigation support, incident response and litigation counsel to organizations and boards facing crisis situations. Special counsel to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada in relation to market manipulation proceedings. Acted as counsel for corporation facing regulatory proceedings under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act.