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Canada: Investigations 2016

The following 21 practitioners are considered the leading experts in advising companies and individuals on internal and regulatory investigations into illegal activity.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Ira Nishisato Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
Brian Heller Heller Rubel, Toronto
David Porter McCarthy Tétrault,Toronto

 Borden Ladner Gervais is the leading investigations shop according to our research. Ira Nishisato is a well-renowned expert advising entities on investigations in relation to fraud, with further knowledge of data protection, employment and cybersecurity issues. Peers note “he is extremely focused and very thorough”. The “top-notch” Ronald Foerster is regularly called upon to lead on the firm’s most noteworthy investigations mandates, and James Douglas is also seen as a key player by market respondents. Meanwhile, the firm’s well-known practice head Tyler Hodgson is currently on extended leave to act as senior investigator to the World Bank.

McCarthy Tétrault’s white-collar and investigations head David Porter is a longstanding figure of note. One source notes, “His advice is practical and clear cut, and he is readily available to assist at short notice”. John Boscariol is a reputed expert in international trade focusing on anti-corruption laws and economic sanctions, assisting in enforcement actions and investigations conducted by government agencies around the world.

Glen Jennings heads up Gowling WLG’s offering advising on regulatory and criminal matters, leading on a number of large internal investigations for major clients. Respondents agree, “He is one of the top names.” Kristine Robidoux QC is also prominently involved in internal investigations and assisting with investigations conducted by enforcement agencies in Canada and internationally. Respondents are positive about her “strong business understanding” and “vast knowledge of the regulations”.

Brian Heller is the co-founder of the highly rated Toronto criminal defence firm Heller Rubel. His “well-respected practice” encompasses the remit of white-collar crime matters and related internal or criminal investigations, including fraud, tax evasion, bribery and money laundering for individuals and corporations.

Co-founder of the Toronto business crime boutique Henein Hutchison, Scott Hutchison is recommended for his expertise in criminal investigations. “He is a former prosecutor fully conversant with white-collar matters and a stand out professional,” notes one peer.

In Vancouver, David Martin heads up the specialist business crime defence firm Martin + Associates, offering individuals and corporations in the management and conduct of investigations. He is well known in the region with over three decades of accumulated expertise, which has earned him the status of “a go-to lawyer”.

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