Blakes has a robust Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance practice. With experience in criminal defence and trial litigation, our lawyers have specialized knowledge in advising on and successfully defending clients in criminal, quasi-criminal, anti-corruption, regulatory and compliance matters. We are highly experienced in developing, assessing and improving anti-corruption and compliance policies and procedures, and regularly advise clients regarding laws and regulations relating to anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and sanctions, reporting obligations, responding to regulators and exemptions to sanctions laws.
Multinational and domestic corporations and individuals subject to Canadian law retain us to advise and defend them against a wide range of white-collar criminal charges, including under the Criminal Code, Income Tax Act, Competition Act, Customs Act and provincial securities legislation.
Renowned for handling complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional investigations, we have successfully defended clients charged with corruption and bribery of public officials and are routinely engaged to conduct internal investigations, review contract terms with foreign agents and joint venture partners, conduct detailed anti-corruption due diligence during transactions and review the legality of proposed business practices. Blakes mobilizes teams on short notice to respond to urgent matters, including search warrants, production orders and compelled interviews.