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Anti-Corruption Compliance & Investigations

International treaties and enhanced enforcement of foreign corrupt practices laws by Canadian and foreign authorities raise the stakes for companies involved in cross-border trading and investing.

We are the most experienced anti-corruption compliance and investigations legal team in Canada. We have advised Fortune 500 companies and other leading Canadian and international businesses in developing and implementing global anti-corruption policies. We also advise in some of the highest profile anti-corruption compliance matters, including:

  • government investigations by the RCMP
  • federal and provincial prosecutions
  • Canadian securities commissions
  • the U.S. Justice Department
  • the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
One of our partners advised the Government of Canada on the drafting of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and acted as lead counsel in several matters before the World Bank’s Integrity Department and Sanctions Committee.


  • Multiple Canadian public and private companies in the resource, manufacturing, financial services, automotive, telecoms and technology sectors, as well as two federal Crown corporations in the design and implementation of anti-corruption compliance policies.
  • Nordion International in a voluntary disclosure to the RCMP, DOJ and SEC in connection with allegations of payments to a foreign official. The matter was terminated with a formal declination by the RCMP and a books and records settlement with the SEC.
  • Acres International Inc. in the first corruption investigation and Sanctions Committee hearing by the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency.
  • A Fortune 500 company in a voluntary disclosure to the RCMP in connection with the corruption investigation of SNC-Lavalin. The client was cleared without further action.
  • A Fortune 500 company in connection with the post-closing investigation of multiple potential sanctions and foreign corrupt practices violations by an acquisition target.
  • The former president of Griffiths Energy in the RCMP investigation and prosecution of the company in relation to payments made to the Ambassador of Chad through the ambassador’s spouse.
  • A European public engineering firm in a corruption investigation by the World Bank’s Integrity Vice-Presidency.
  • A TSX and NASDAQ listed Canadian manufacturer in an internal investigation of whistleblower allegations of corrupt payments in China.
  • A leading Canadian global manufacturer in relation to internal investigations of alleged corruption and fraud in Asia, Latin America and in Canada.
  • A TSX-listed resource company in relation to the investigation of potential corruption, sanctions and securities violations by Canadian and US authorities.
  • A joint venture of Canadian and international companies in an internal investigation of allegations of corruption by a senior officer of the JV.
  • A TSX-listed mining company in the due diligence review of SNC-Lavalin with regard to the execution of an international EPC contract.
  • Several Canadian public and private companies, as well as Canadian subsidiaries of global multinationals in relation to disclosures of potential: sanctions, export controls, controlled goods and corruption violations to Export Development Canada, the Controlled Goods Program, the Export and Import Controls Bureau, Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP.

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