Our fraud and asset tracing lawyers have significant experience both within Canada and around the globe. Fraud victims are reassured by our strategies for investigation, asset tracing and recovery. We work with our clients to prevent, detect and investigate fraudulent activity, comply with regulatory requirements, and generally manage their risk. Claimants and defendants seek our expertise in freezing injunctions and ancillary relief for the protection of assets.
Clients rely on our risk and reputational management advice for the following reasons:
- Extensive experience – Our fraud and asset tracing lawyers have significant experience in obtaining emergency pre-trial relief tailored to the circumstances of each individual case. Examples of this include: orders preserving assets and other evidence; orders permitting the search of premises and the seizure of assets and other evidence (Anton Piller Orders); injunctions preventing the continued use of misappropriated information; injunctions freezing bank accounts and other assets (Mareva injunctions); orders permitting the discovery of evidence in the possession of third parties (Norwich Pharmacal Orders).
- Leading team – We are part of a global team of fraud lawyers which is one of the highest rated in the legal market. We have an extensive and outstanding track record in fraud investigations, litigation, asset tracing and white collar crime. The team, which also plays a key role in our Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption practice, deals with complex, large scale, multi-jurisdictional frauds, and is involved in a number of current major cases.
- Depth of practice – We routinely deal with a wide variety of matters, including misappropriation of confidential information; tracing and recovery of stolen funds; employee defalcation and embezzlement; theft or misuse of intellectual property; forgery and other fraudulent financial transactions; internet and e-commerce fraud; money laundering and other proceeds of crime such as actions involving bills of exchange and other banking issues, fraudulent preferences and conveyances, internal investigations regarding financial dealings and regulatory matters (e.g. insider trading).
- Focus on our client’s objectives – We also work with forensic accountants, information technology and security consultants, private investigators, court-appointed inspectors and receivers, insurance specialists, independent supervising solicitors, law enforcement agencies, and others in order to achieve our clients' objectives. We coordinate fraud investigations, often in cases involving offshore jurisdictions. We offer resources to coordinate fraud investigations and multi-jurisdictional litigation, sensitivity to client’s reputational, commercial and strategic requirements, and experience in complex asset tracing and recovery matters.
Rankings and accolades
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Litigation Firm of the Year, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Alberta: Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Quebec: Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Ontario: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Alberta: Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Quebec: Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: British Columbia: Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Ontario: Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2018
- Chambers Global, Canada: Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners, 2017
Select client work
We have acted as counsel to:
- A U.S. based multinational chemical company in a case involving the misappropriation of confidential production technology and the sale of such technology to Iranian entities, in which an Anton Piller Order was obtained and executed.
- An equipment finance company in a massive fraud scheme involving two of its employees and a number of other individuals and companies, in which an Anton Piller Order was obtained and executed, and millions of dollars in stolen funds were traced and recovered overseas.
- A foreign petrochemical company in a case involving misappropriation of confidential process information by a former employee, in which an Anton Piller Order was obtained and executed.
- A foreign petrochemical company in the enforcement of a foreign judgment which included a Mareva injunction.
- A security company in a case involving breach of contract and misappropriation of confidential information, in which an Anton Piller Order was obtained and executed.
- A moving and storage company in a case involving theft and forgery by an employee, in which a Preservation Order and a Norwich Pharmacal Order were obtained and significant assets were recovered.
- A transportation and distribution company in a case involving fraud by an employee, in which various pre-judgment remedies were obtained
- A high net worth individual in a case involving fraud by his investment analyst, in which various pre-judgment remedies were obtained and significant assets were recovered
- A major Canadian investment dealer in a case involving a multi-million dollar fraud by an investment advisor involving in excess of 50 clients and non-clients. Obtained Preservation Orders, a Norwich Pharmacal Order and a bankruptcy order. Represented dealer with respect to reimbursement claims. Dealt with Crown and police to ensure former employee fully prosecuted.
- A Canadian chartered bank in defence of two related class actions seeking in excess of $75 million with respect to an investment fraud by a bank customer.
- Several public companies, officers and directors in connection with internal investigations of threatened or possible claims/enforcement proceedings regarding matters such as stock option grants and insider trading.