Category: Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance

Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Saudi Arabian Nationals

December 4, 2018

On November 29, 2018, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian nationals. The individuals have been designated in the regulations made under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (SML). SML authorizes the government to designate foreign nationals or foreign public officials (or their associates) who, in the government’s view, are…

The Cutting Edge of Compliance: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Anticorruption, Investigations and Responding to Government Enforcement

November 15, 2018

Proactive anticorruption compliance programs, risk assessments and detailed due diligence practices can make the world of difference when engaging in global business transactions. Join us for a one-on-one discussion with Jonathan Drimmer, Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold, to hear his first-hand experience on the cutting edge of compliance and how proactive efforts can safe-guard your business in foreign jurisdictions….

The Future of Canadian Corporate Criminal Enforcement: Deferred Prosecution Agreements Now Available in Canada

September 21, 2018

Recent amendments to the Criminal Code signify an important development in Canada’s white-collar enforcement landscape. The new amendments, which came into effect on September 19, 2018, establish a Canadian deferred prosecution regime. Prosecutors will now have the option of entering into “remediation agreements” (RAs) with companies accused of offences. RAs are the Canadian equivalent of American and U.K. deferred prosecution…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #4: Money Laundering

August 15, 2018

This is the fourth installment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This installment discusses money laundering and terrorist financing offences and the resources available to companies to minimize related legal and reputational risks.    White Collar Crime part 4 –…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #3: Bribery & Corruption Offences

June 6, 2018

This is the third instalment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This instalment discusses bribery and corruption offences, how they can be prevented, and what resources are available to companies to ensure compliance.  

2018 Ontario Budget Looks to Enhance Securities Enforcement Activities

April 5, 2018

As part of its 2018 budget (Budget), the Ontario government announced that it plans to propose new tools to enhance and expand the securities enforcement activities of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), including in regard to the criminal prosecution of securities fraud. The Budget does not include details of how or when these proposals will be implemented, but the announcements…

Canada Signs the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

March 9, 2018

On March 8, 2018, Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an agreement between the 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States withdrew from the TPP. Canada was joined in signing the CPTPP by Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Upon entry into force, the…

Formal Bidding Process Required to Find Bid-Rigging Violation, Quebec Court Rules

March 1, 2018

The Superior Court of Québec (Court) recently acquitted an individual charged with bid-rigging under the Competition Act in R. v. Rousseau because the prosecution failed to prove that the alleged bid-rigging occurred in the context of a call or request for bids or tenders. KEY TAKEAWAYS: The prosecution must establish that the customer calling for bids held a formal process,…

Another Step Forward: Canada Announces Impending DPA Legislation and Further Integrity Regime Amendments

February 27, 2018

On February 22, 2018, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) released the results of its public consultation on corporate wrongdoing and announced impending legislative and policy changes that will reshape Canada’s white-collar enforcement landscape. The consultation focused on the potential introduction of a Canadian deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime and the effectiveness of the government-wide Integrity Regime (Integrity Regime). Concurrent…

Fight Against Corruption: Quebec Grants UPAC Greater Independence, Authorizes Agreements with Cooperating Witnesses

February 21, 2018

The recommendations of the Charbonneau Commission report filed in November 2015 continue to resonate within the Quebec legislative landscape. An Act to increase the jurisdiction and independence of the Anti-Corruption Commissioner and the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes and expand the power of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions to grant certain benefits to cooperating witnesses (Act), implementing several of…