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Investigator's Guide to Canada

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The Investigator's Guide to Canada: updated

During GIR's last visit in 2015, Canadian lawyers were preparing themselves for more aggressive enforcement of white-collar crime. While it hasn't exactly panned out like that, GIR set out to find what has changed in the past two years.

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Unexplained wealth orders: Should Canada adopt the UK’s weapon against money laundering and foreign political corruption?

Canada should strongly consider introducing UWOs to tackle money laundering, but should also be aware of the problems that may arise in adopting the tool, Lincoln Caylor at Bennett Jones in Toronto argues.

Two convicted in Cryptometrics foreign bribery case

A Canadian court has convicted UK national Shailesh Govindia and US national Robert Barra in connection with a failed scheme to bribe Air India officials.

Katanga Mining CEO resigns following Gertler-linked settlement

Concealing bribery allegations against Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler has cost Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining $22.5 million in a Canadian settlement that has ensnared the company’s CEO and a slew of former board members.

Borden Ladner Gervais boosts white-collar practice with three partners

Canada’s BLG has added a team of international trade partners from Bennett Jones in a strategic move to bolster its trade and white-collar practice.

Canada's investigations bar

In May, GIR travelled to Canada - with stops in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa - for the first time since 2015. Here we present the best investigations firms and individual practitioners in the local market.

Will Canada end secret corporate ownership?

Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones in Toronto looks at how the Canadian government should balance the desire for transparency in corporate beneficial ownership and the consequent concerns over privacy.

Arbitration panel upholds Niko's legal privilege over internal investigation

Oil and gas company Niko Resources will not have to disclose findings from its internal investigation into corruption allegations after a World Bank arbitration panel held that the documents are covered by legal privilege in Canada.

RCMP superintendent Denis Desnoyers: “We don’t set out to bankrupt a company”

Denis Desnoyers, the head of criminal operations for the National Division at the RCMP, discusses processes to resolve blanket privilege claims, interactions between RCMP investigators and Canada’s prosecutorial body, and how the police may act to help limit costs for companies under investigation.

First individual convicted under Canada foreign bribery law loses appeal

A recent Canadian appeals court’s decision to uphold the conviction of a former Cryptometrics Canada agent has given the country’s enforcement record a much-needed boost, according to lawyers.

Canada's Competition Bureau to overhaul whistleblower programme

An official at Canada's Competition Bureau on 16 June outlined major planned changes to its immunity and leniency programmes, in an effort to secure crucial information faster and convince more companies to come forward with information about antitrust crimes