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Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay is a Partner in the Baker & McKenzie Toronto office. Prior to joining the Firm, Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen’s Counsel), served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years and in a ministerial post in the Canadian government for nine years since the Conservative Party formed a government in 2006. Most recently, he served as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Prior to this post, Mr. MacKay served as the Minister of National Defence for six years and held joint cabinet positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for 18 months. Mr. MacKay’s practice focuses on government enforcement proceedings and compliance matters, and he provides strategic advice to Canadian companies doing business globally and international companies doing business in Canada.

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Canada Bans Facilitation Payments Under Foreign Anti-Corruption Law

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
Canada has formally repealed its exception for “facilitation payments” under its foreign anti-corruption legislation (the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act).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

Should Canada follow the UK, US or Australian deferred prosecution model?

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
As 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

Global compliance programs offer inoculation against the rising tide of global risk

Posted in Investigations & Compliance
In an age of massive data leaks, whistleblower bounties, and multimillion-dollar fines for violations of bribery and corruption laws, multinational corporate executives and board members must prioritize the implementation of robust anti-corruption compliance programs to safeguard their companies and shareholder value. The goal of any anti-corruption compliance program is to prevent and detect misconduct. However,… Continue Reading