White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement Defence
Our team represents and defends corporations and individuals in a wide variety of government enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations, hearings, trials and appeals. We also provide advice on corporate compliance programs and conduct audit committee and other internal investigations.
Our clients range from large multi-national corporations to individuals. The clients’ specific needs differ. What they have in common is the need for independent and highly skilled representation when faced with potential criminal regulatory and parallel civil and administrative proceedings.
Our team of highly experienced lawyers across Canada comprises counsel with criminal and regulatory prosecutorial experience, including senior counsel who have been retained as Special Prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases. This background provides insight into the tactics used by and resources available to government and enhances the defence expertise of the team.
Team members have the experience and reputation required to negotiate successful outcomes or to represent clients before any governmental authority, regulator and administrative agency from the start of an investigation through to final appeals. Our team can draw upon the resources of all the firm’s litigators as well as highly experienced legal assistants that are often required for internal investigations and preparations for trial and administrative proceedings as well as the conduct of related civil proceedings.
Our team is also experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations, evidence gathering applications by other states and extradition. Team members are leaders in the International Bar in these areas and as such are familiar with the relevant global implications and international public policy perspectives.
Team members are also proficient in the assessment of risk issues and working with other professionals in the crisis management responses which are often required quickly, efficiently and in an organized manner when the mere suggestion of a government investigation might have devastating consequences.
- Advising and defending companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory inquiries, investigations and proceedings.
- Regulatory and judicial Appeals.
- Internal Investigations, Compliance Reviews and the identification of preventive measures.
- Conduct related civil litigation.
- Liaison with Government Authorities and advocating the clients’ interests with these authorities.
- Assist client’s with media communications and crisis responses relating to high-profile litigation or investigations.