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Government Investigations and White-Collar Defence

Businesses face increasingly complex and often overlapping regulation, and corresponding enforcement efforts from government authorities.

Osler’s Government Investigations and White-Collar Defence Group has the insight and experience to help clients navigate the evolving 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 integrated team regularly advises and represents corporations, senior executives, board members and public officials in a wide range of domestic (federal, provincial and municipal) and cross-border investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. These include allegations of capital markets abuses such as insider trading and market manipulation, foreign and domestic corruption, money laundering, sanctions violations and fraud, as well as anti-competitive conduct, tax evasion, and environmental wrongdoing.

In addition to responding to actual, threatened or potential government action, our group proactively conducts sensitive internal investigations for leading companies in almost every business sector, and advises clients in matters involving financial, regulatory and reputational risks. We represent clients in Canadian courts, before regulatory tribunals and in associated appellate proceedings. We 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.

Our Government Investigations and White-Collar Defence team coordinates and works in collaboration with other members of our multidisciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response team to most effectively address the risks facing your organization, its leaders and its stakeholders.

Key Contacts

Malcolm Aboud

Counsel, Disputes, Toronto

Fabrice Benoît

Partner, Disputes, Montréal

Stéphane Eljarrat

Partner, Disputes
Head: White-Collar Defence, Toronto, Montréal

Tristram Mallett

Partner, Disputes, Calgary

Christopher Naudie

Partner, Disputes, Toronto

Lawrence E. Ritchie

Partner, Disputes, Toronto


Latest Insights

  • Blog Apr 18, 2024

    Budget 2024 proposes new reforms to combat financial crime in Canada

    The federal government’s Budget 2024 includes measures to combat financial crimes, with a particular focus on money laundering. Read...

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  • Blog Apr 16, 2024

    SEC wins novel ‘shadow trading’ trial against biopharma executive

    A novel theory of insider trading known as “shadow trading” involves the use of material non-public information about a reporting issuer...

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  • Blog Mar 5, 2024

    Compliance is starting to break the bank — it doesn’t have to

    On February 21, 2024, LexisNexis Risk Solutions published its True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Study, reporting on the results of a global...

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    Compliance is starting to break the bank — it doesn’t have to
  • Osler Update Jan 29, 2024

    What cloud platforms, social media sites and other ‘Internet intermediaries’ need to know about B.C.’s new Intimate Images Protection Act and Regulation

    On January 29, 2024, the Intimate Images Protection Act (the Act) and Intimate Images Protection Regulation (the Regulation) will come into force in...

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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Osler lawyers recognized in White Collar Crime
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards: White-Collar Crime/Enforcement

In the Media

  • Osler News Mar 26, 2024

    Stéphane Eljarrat returns to Osler’s Litigation group as a partner

    Osler welcomes Stéphane Eljarrat back to the firm’s Litigation group as a partner based in Montréal and Toronto to lead our Government...

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  • Media Mentions Oct 20, 2022

    Provincial progress on corporate transparency slower than we’d like: feds – iPolitics

    Most Canadian jurisdictions have passed corporate transparency legislation to collect information on who actually owns and benefits from corporations...

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  • Media Mentions Jul 11, 2022

    Canadian Provinces in talks over sharing company ownership data – Bloomberg Law News

    Osler’s Malcolm Aboud tells Bloomberg Law that a national beneficial ownership registry will only be effective if it includes corporate provincial...

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  • Media Mentions May 25, 2022

    The importance of compliance diligence and representations in corporate transactions – Financier Worldwide Magazine

    In an article for Financier Worldwide Magazine, Osler’s Malcolm Aboud, Frédéric Plamondon and Jayne Cooke discuss proper compliance due diligence...

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