White-Collar Defence

Overview

Businesses are facing expanded and increasingly complex and collaborative regulatory regimes, as white-collar enforcement efforts from authorities continue to focus on allegations of corruption, trade sanctions, violations of anti-money laundering, antitrust, competition and securities laws, and tax evasion.

Osler’s White-Collar Defence Group has the insight and experience required to help clients navigate the evolving white-collar enforcement landscape, address investigations and allegations regarding wrongdoings, and mitigate associated risks that can have financial, operational and reputational impacts on your organization, its leaders and stakeholders.  

Our skilled team regularly advises and represents corporations, senior corporate executives, board members and public officials in a wide range of federal and provincial investigations and regulatory and criminal matters involving allegations of wrong-doing, including in respect of alleged capital markets abuses such as insider trading and market manipulation, anti-competitive conduct, tax evasion, foreign and domestic corruption, and environmental harm.  

In close co-ordination and collaboration with other members of our Risk Management and Crisis Response team, our white-collar defence group conducts sensitive internal investigations for leading companies in almost every business sector and advises clients in matters involving the provincial securities regulators in Ontario, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the RCMP/Integrated Market Enforcement Teams, the Competition Bureau, self-regulatory authorities like the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, and other federal and provincial financial regulators.  

The team defends clients in Canadian civil and criminal courts, before regulatory tribunals and in associated appellate proceedings. They also regularly act in a wide range of cross-border matters involving foreign regulators and law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Asset Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice as well as in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Related Expertise

Stéphane Eljarrat

Partner, Litigation
Toronto, Montréal

Christopher Naudie

Partner, Litigation
Toronto

Lawrence E. Ritchie

Partner, Litigation
Toronto

Fabrice Benoît

Partner, Litigation
Montréal

Tristram Mallett

Partner, Litigation
Calgary

Benchmark

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards, 2019: White-Collar Crime/Enforcement, Stéphane Eljarrat shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year.