John Boscariol – McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Canada

Canada Experiences Its Most Active Year Yet in Anti-Corruption Law and Enforcement

As we start the New Year, Canadian companies are well-advised to take stock of recent developments in anti-corruption law and assess where they stand in terms of implementing appropriate internal controls and due diligence…more
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Changes to Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime Are Now in Force

On June 19, 2013, Bill S-14: The Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, received Royal Assent, thereby bringing into force the most significant changes to Canada’s anti-corruption legislation, the Corruption of Foreign Public…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas, to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Government Contracting

Mergers & Acquisitions: Shifting Sands in Canadian Anti-Bribery and Trade Control Laws Raise the Stakes in Due Diligence

Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Canada Imposes Wide-Reaching Export, Import and Investment Bans Against Iran

Effective May 29, 2013, Canada significantly expanded its existing economic sanctions measures against Iran by implementing a general ban on supplying or sourcing goods to or from Iran and a prohibition on making any investments…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Alert: Canada Updating its Controls Over Exports and Technology Transfers

The Canadian government has announced a number changes to Canada’s Export Control List (ECL), which sets out the goods, services and technology subject to export and technology transfer controls that include permit and reporting…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Military Law

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On January 25, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench approved a $10.35 million penalty against Griffiths Energy International Inc. (Griffiths) for a violation of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act1 (CFPOA) in…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Significant CFPOA Amendments Proposed to Strengthen Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime

On February 5, 2013 Bill S-14, the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act was introduced in Canada’s Senate. It proposes the most significant amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) since it came into…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Understanding & Mitigating Third Party Corruption Risk Under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

The use of third party agents in international operations or business development, whether consultants, sales representatives, customs brokers, contractors or distributors, is often unavoidable. This may be because the retention…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

FOREIGN CORRUPTION RISK MITIGATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF RECENT US FCPA GUIDANCE TO CANADIAN COMPANIES

Over the last year and a half, Canadian corporate culture has been undergoing significant change in response to new and vigorous enforcement of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) by the Royal Canadian…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

Anti-Corruption Compliance Message Received? Risk Assessment Is Your Next Step

Recent enforcement activities in Canada under its Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including the conviction of Niko Resources Ltd. (Niko) in June of last year and ongoing high-profile Royal Canadian Mounted…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Consumer Product & Retail Legal Alert - Are You Prepared for Increased Import Compliance Scrutiny?

Importers in the retail and consumer products sectors should be carefully reviewing their trade compliance policies and procedures as Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is scrutinizing customs compliance in a number of areas…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, International Law & Trade

Burma/Myanmar Sanctions Lifted - New Opportunities for Canadian Business

Most of Canada's economic sanctions against Burma (Myanmar) have been repealed effective today. Enacted in 2007 and touted as being among the most aggressive in the world, Canada's sanctions and export controls prohibited most…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Canada Expands Sanctions Measures Against Syria — Targeting Financial Services and the Central Bank

Effective today, Canada has taken additional steps to impose economic sanctions against Syria by imposing a ban on financial services and targeting transactions involving the Central Bank of Syria as well as additional listed…more
| International Law & Trade

Alert: Exports Subject to Increasing Trade Control Scrutiny

Canada’s customs authority, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), continues to exercise its broad authority under the Customs Act and the Export and Import Permits Act to engage in numerous searches, detentions, seizures,…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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