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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.

Other Highlights

Former SNC-Lavalin VP found guilty in Libya bribery case

A jury in Montreal has found a former SNC-Lavalin executive guilty of bribing Libyan officials for public contracts – a conviction one Canadian lawyer says may tee up the upcoming prosecution of the company.

Huawei CFO wins access to arrest documents in extradition bid

Huawei’s CFO, Wangzhou Meng, has won the right to examine documents that could show Canadian authorites committed due process violations during her arrest.

World Bank debars Canada-based company for fraud

The World Bank has debarred Canada-based MTZ Equipment for fraud linked to a water management project in Afghanistan.

Ethics watchdog finds Trudeau interfered in SNC-Lavalin bribery case

Canada’s ethics commissioner has found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the law by repeatedly lobbying for a settlement in the ongoing SNC-Lavalin bribery case.

Bombardier spars with World Bank in Azerbaijani railway probe

Canadian transport company Bombardier has dismissed the World Bank’s preliminary findings in a probe into the bidding process for an Azerbaijani railway signalling contract.

Pressure mounts on Canadian government as SNC-Lavalin evidence goes public

Canada’s House of Commons justice committee has publicly released a package of evidence submitted by the former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as part of the ongoing inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

SFC’s Canadian enforcement director gets second term amid diplomatic spat

Tom Atkinson has secured second term as executive director of enforcement at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission despite concerns that China would derail his leadership challenge.

Pair in Cryptometrics foreign bribery case sentenced

A Canadian court has sentenced UK national Shailesh Govindia and US national Robert Barra to two-and-a-half years in prison each for their participation in a failed scheme to bribe Air India officials.

Lack of coordination between Canadian authorities caused SNC-Lavalin case collapse

“It is difficult to imagine that they could authorise the indictment of the same individual, for more or less the same period of time, on the basis of evidence obtained from the same witness, without ever coordinating or taking into account the situation of the accused,” the judge said

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.