A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

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The following article by McCarthy Tétrault lawyers Paul Blyschak and John Boscariol may be of interest to readers of this blog:

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On January 25, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench approved a $10.35 million penalty against Griffiths Energy International Inc. (Griffiths) for a violation of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) in connection with the actions of the company’s previous management and representatives in Chad, Africa (Griffiths Judgment).

Although the CFPOA has been in force since 1999, the Griffiths conviction joins the conviction of Niko Resources Inc. (Niko) in June of 2011 (Niko Order) as only the second significant conviction rendered under Canada’s foreign anti-corruption legislation to date, and as such constitutes important guidance regarding the position of the courts, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Crown in respect of the prosecution of foreign corrupt practices.

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Alberta Court of Queen's Bench anti-corruption legislation Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act foreign corrupt practices Griffiths Energy International Niko Resources

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