Summary

BLG'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 has tried hundreds of cases, and our lawyers appear frequently in Canada's appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Members of our team include the former Chief Prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the former Head of Enforcement for the Ontario Securities Commission, a former senior Crown prosecutor and Manager of the Enforcement Division of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

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.

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Our 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

  • Conducted 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.