Canada: Business Crime Defence 2017

We recognise 19 leading lawyers for their impressive track records defending corporates and individuals in white-collar criminal proceedings. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Scott Fenton Fenton Smith Barristers, Toronto
2. Matthew Lindsay QC Rose, Calgary
3. Mark Morrison Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
4. Richard Peck QC Peck and Company, Vancouver

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS leads our research this year with three lawyers nominated.
Ross McGowan chairs the firm’s national fraud law group and is identified by peers as “the leading lawyer for financial institutions dealing with business crimes and fraud”. He boasts an impressive track record defending banks and credit unions in claims arising from the investigation of collapsed Ponzi schemes.
Head of the firm’s commercial litigation group, John Blair QC is recognised as one of the premier securities specialists in the country, defending clients on a range of matters, including market manipulation, insider trading and distribution matters. Sources highlight his “very strong reputation for securities commission work”.
In Ira Nishisato, the firm boasts another prominent practitioner in the corporate crime arena. He draws widespread acclaim for his expertise in cross-border investigations and corporate fraud proceedings.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON’s two nominees illustrate the strength of its white-collar crime practice.
Mark Morrison ranks among the elite practitioners in the region for his broad practice, which includes defending clients in a range of criminal, corruption, environmental and antitrust proceedings. Sources state that “he approaches the issues from a practical perspective that addresses the legal and business aspects of the case”.
Joining him in Calgary, the highly regarded Michael Dixon wins praise for his expert counsel on multijurisdictional matters, having been involved in investigations in more than 45 countries, and his work defending clients in a variety of regulatory and criminal proceedings, including securities commission investigations and CFPOA enforcement actions.

Leading full-service firm MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT garners two listings in this section, including “the original white collar crime defence lawyer in BC” Leonard Doust QC, who is considered to be one of the best and most experienced litigation defence practitioners on the west coast.
Head of the firm’s white-collar defence and investigations practice, David Porter is “one of the best-known white-collar defence specialists” in the country. He is consistently singled out by market sources for his expertise in complex fraud proceedings.
The “highly respected” Scott Fenton at FENTON SMITH BARRISTERS is the most highly regarded practitioner in our research this year. Experienced in a wide range of corporate, commercial and white-collar crime, including a recent high-profile CFPOA defence, he is commended by his peers for providing “top-notch criminal counsel”.

Matthew Lindsay QC at ROSE is “a very good all-round litigator; an excellent lawyer” who boasts more than 25 years’ experience and an impressive track-record in fraud and corruption investigations.

PECK AND COMPANY’s founding partner, Richard Peck QC, is highlighted as “a leading criminal lawyer”, with over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of criminal proceedings. He is “highly respected” by fellow practitioners for his courtroom presence and meticulous approach.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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