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Investigator's Guide to Canada


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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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

Should Canada follow the UK or US DPA model?

Comparing the US, UK and the proposed Australian model for deferred prosecution agreements, Baker McKenzie partner Peter MacKay and senior associates Chris Burkett in Toronto and Henry Garfield in London make the case for the DPA system they argue Canada should adopt.

Right against self incrimination not a valid excuse to refuse cooperation in World Bank investigations

Companies that refuse to cooperate with the World Bank's investigative team can no longer claim the right against self-incrimination, a senior investigator for the group has said.

First individual conviction under Canadian foreign bribery law challenged in appeals court

Nazir Karigar, a former agent of Cryptometrics Canada, asked an appeals court on 29 May to reverse his conviction of 2013 under Canada's foreign bribery law.

Leading Canadian foreign bribery lawyer moves in-house

Kristine Robidoux, the white-collar defence lawyer who represented the first two companies prosecuted under Canada's foreign bribery law, has joined an energy company's in-house legal team. She talks to GIR about why she made the move.