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published SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Norton Rose launches new Canadian business ethics and anti-corruption team

International legal practice Norton Rose OR LLP launched its new Canadian business ethics and anti-corruption team today. It will help clients navigate the increasingly complex rules that apply to companies doing business in Canada and in other countries around the world.
The practice team is comprised of seasoned professionals that have decades of experience serving Canadian and international clients in this rapidly evolving area. Team members come from regulatory, litigation, business, financial institutions and global corporate social responsibility practice areas.
Paul Conlin, partner and chair of the Canadian business ethics and anti-corruption team said: “Canadian businesses are now operating in an environment where there is an increasing focus on business ethics and anti-corruption issues. New legislation in key markets such as the UK is having a major impact, as is greater scrutiny from governments, shareholders, business partners and other stakeholders. Ensuring compliance by employees and agents operating in Canada and foreign countries can present significant challenges for Canadian companies.”
The multi-disciplinary business ethics and anti-corruption team has the experience and skills required to help clients develop strategies and safeguards to meet and adapt to the new global standards. These include:
Risk Assessments and Compliance Programs
Internal Investigations
Transactional Diligence
Litigation Services
Anti-Money Laundering Expertise

Canada has recently faced criticism for allegedly lax enforcement of its anti-corruption and bribery laws. In May 2011 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report that was sharply critical of Canada's infrequent enforcement of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). Enforcement activity has recently increased sharply. For example, in late June, a Canadian-based oil and natural gas company agreed to pay a $9.5-million fine after pleading guilty to bribing a Bangladeshi public official. There are currently over 20 other CFPOA investigations being conducted by the RCMP.




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