Category: Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance

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Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

New Reporting Requirements Now in Force in Quebec for Mining, Oil and Gas Industries

September 8, 2017

Quebec mining and oil and gas industries must now comply with the Regulation respecting the application of the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries (Regulation), which came into force on August 3, 2017. The Act is designed to impose transparency measures in the mining and oil and gas industries, discourage and detect corruption and foster…

Ontario Court Upholds Landmark Anti-Bribery Conviction

July 13, 2017

On July 6, 2017, in R. v. Karigar, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) dismissed an appeal by Mr. Nazir Karigar of his conviction for agreeing to offer a bribe to a foreign public official, contrary to section 3(1)(b) of the federal Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). In 2013, this was the first conviction against an individual under…

New Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

February 7, 2017

After several months of consultation and deliberations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rendered public a revised draft Guidance on Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC Guide). Comments on the draft may be provided to the OECD by February 9, 2017. Draft revisions will be carried out over the next few months with the proposed adoption of…

RCMP Charge Calgary Man with Conspiracy to Bribe Thai Officials

December 6, 2016

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have recently laid charges against the president of a Canadian commercial aircraft company under the federal Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), for allegedly conspiring to bribe Thai public officials. It is alleged that this individual conspired to bribe Thai military officials in relation to a proposed deal involving a commercial aircraft from…

Doing Business in Canada

September 9, 2016

Dropping the Dime: Risks of Giving Evidence to Canadian Securities Regulators

May 19, 2016

Canadian securities regulators often cooperate with their counterparts abroad due to the increasingly global nature of securities regulation. Canadian securities regulators have entered into several agreements or memoranda of understanding with foreign regulators to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information. This cooperation raises an issue with respect to subsequent use abroad of evidence compelled by Canadian securities regulators. Witnesses in…

World Bank v. Wallace: SCC Endorses Importance of International Anti-Corruption Efforts

May 4, 2016

On April 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) upheld archival and personal immunities of an international organization (the World Bank Group) and its anti-corruption investigators. The SCC’s decision in World Bank Group v. Wallace (World Bank) will allow state and non-state actors to continue cooperating in the increasingly active global fight against corruption. The decision indicates that Canada’s…

Amendments to the Integrity Regime – A Step in the Right Direction

April 27, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) (formerly known as Public Works and Government Services Canada) made a number of important amendments to the Integrity Regime governing procurement and real property transactions with the Government of Canada. The Integrity Regime was unveiled in July 2015 and replaced its much maligned predecessor, the Integrity Framework. For a discussion…

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