Chris Burkett has been recognized by Legal 500 as a “Highly Recommended” Canadian lawyer. Prior to joining the Firm, Chris was a Crown Attorney and acted as lead prosecutor in numerous trials. Chris has extensive experience in fraud litigation, internal investigations and regulatory compliance, and he has appeared before a variety of tribunals, all levels of trial court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Chris has worked in the Firm’s London office and conducted internal investigations of anti-corruption and human rights compliance issues for multinational corporations and their subsidiaries across many international jurisdictions. Chris appears regularly on national and local tv news broadcasts as a legal analyst.
By Peter MacKay and Christopher Burkett on Posted in Investigations & ComplianceCanada has formally repealed its exception for “facilitation payments” under its foreign anti-corruption legislation (the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act). Canada’s anti-bribery law prohibits anyone from giving or offering a loan, reward, advantage or benefit of any kind — directly or through intermediaries — to a foreign public official as consideration for an act… Continue Reading
By Peter MacKay, Christopher Burkett and Henry Garfield on Posted in Investigations & ComplianceAs the Canadian government contemplates further measures to combat financial crime, there is an increasing debate over whether Canada should follow the US, UK or the proposed Australian model by introducing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime to help combat corporate wrongdoing, promote ethical business conduct, and encourage corporate self-reporting to and cooperation with Canadian government authorities.… Continue Reading
By Christopher Burkett and Matt Saunders on Posted in Investigations & ComplianceOn July 3rd, 2015, the Canadian government announced a new Integrity Framework (the “Integrity Regime”), which applies to all federal procurement and real property transactions, and debars suppliers who have been convicted of “integrity offences” from contracting with the federal government for a set period of time ranging from 5-10 years. The previous regime, first… Continue Reading
By Christopher Burkett on Posted in Investigations & ComplianceAs of February 24, 2014, prosecutors in the United Kingdom will have a new tool in their arsenal to combat corporate criminal wrongdoing. After a lengthy consultation process, and with the benefit of observing a longstanding U.S. practice, the British Parliament amended its Crime and Courts Act to allow for Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”). Canadian… Continue Reading