Category: Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance

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Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #4: Money Laundering

August 15, 2018

This is the fourth 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 money laundering and terrorist financing offences and the resources available to companies to minimize related legal and reputational risks. 

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…

“Insider” Trading: Who Is an Insider?

January 31, 2018

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Finkelstein v. Ontario Securities Commission clarifies when a recipient of material, non-public information (MNPI) about a public issuer (a “tippee”) may be liable for insider trading or tipping. In particular, the court addresses when a person may be inferred to be in a “special relationship” with an issuer sufficient to ground liability. The…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #2: Criminal Fraud

January 17, 2018

This is the second 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 criminal fraud defined in the Criminal Code and the elements of this offence that in-house counsel need to know.

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series

December 5, 2017

In this six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, we outline basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. Our lawyers also provide brief answers to questions that in-house counsel routinely ask relating to these issues. Criminal Law 101 Criminal Fraud Bribery & Corruption Offences Money Laundering Securities-Related Offences Competition Register to receive…

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