Organizations and individuals face ever-greater government oversight and regulatory power to impose serious sanctions, which can lead to follow-on litigation and reputational damage. We help businesses mitigate and manage these risks.
Our multidisciplinary White Collar Defence and Investigations team brings together expertise from across our financial services (securities, banking and insurance), competition, tax, employment, privacy and environmental practices.
Clients look to us to help manage the full spectrum of risk. We work together with clients through investigations to identify, assess and mitigate exposure to alleged or potential breach of statutes and regulations. And we have deep experience defending regulatory investigations and litigation that may follow a breach (or a potential breach), providing support to public and private corporations, as well as their employees and directors, on their most critical and sensitive issues.
- Crisis response. We help clients through all types of crises, from whistleblower complaints, allegations of fraud, sexual misconduct, regulatory and internal policy breaches and more, within varied and complex power dynamics and organizational structures. We advise on all legal issues, provide practical business advice, and assist with crisis communications, all with a view to mitigating legal, business and reputational risk.
- Investigations. Across all areas of potential breach, we work closely with our own subject matter experts as well as forensic experts and in-house counsel to fact-gather, collect and assess the evidence, prepare for and conduct investigations and respond to regulatory reviews. We also interact with regulators on our clients’ behalf or guide them closely through those interactions. Our expertise extends to broad investigatory matters, including large-scale forensic investigations, independent reviews and inquiries.
- Subject matter expertise. We bring deep expertise to the table. Our recent experience includes probing privacy breaches, compliance and regulatory issues, financial misconduct, sexual misconduct, policy breaches, and anti-competitive conduct.
- Expert advocacy. Our team has earned its reputation as “litigation heavyweights”, repeatedly engaged to defend our clients following regulatory and other investigations, often in multi-jurisdictional and multi-party litigation, including class actions. We are well versed in pacing Canadian litigation proceedings to favourably align with regulatory investigations, legislative committee hearings and class actions in the U.S. and other jurisdictions, as well as defending against requests by plaintiffs seeking evidence from regulatory and internal investigations.