Mark Morrison
( Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP )

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Mark Morrison

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Mark Morrison is the chair of Blake’s Business Crimes, Investigations and Compliance Group. His practice focuses on anti-corruption compliance, white collar crime defense, and internal investigations. He regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation, undertakes internal investigations, assists clients with anti-corruption due diligence during mergers and acquisitions, and has successfully defended complex anti-corruption cases. Mark has undertaken numerous internal investigations and assisted companies in resolving anti-corruption issues arising from conduct in Africa, Central America, South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. On a pro bono basis, Mark provided training to prosecutors and enforcement authorities in Zimbabwe on the investigation and enforcement of anti-corruption laws. Mr. Morrison also provided testimony at the Canadian Senate hearing in consideration of Canada’s new Remediation Agreement provisions in his capacity as a Director of Transparency International (Canada). He was a finalist in the Benchmark Canada Awards 2018, in the category of White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year, and he is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading investigations and white collar crime lawyers.

Representative Work:

  • Counsel to the Board of Directors during the investigation and resolution of Canada’s largest CFPOA case to date.

  • Conducted international anticorruption investigations for a number of multinational clients in relation to allegations of improper payments to government officials in South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

  • Numerous successful acquittals, including defense of a large U.S. company and its Canadian subsidiary against a number of Criminal Code charges alleging bribery of public officials.

  • Responded to a number of search and seizures, including successfully defending a Canadian corporation and its principal against a 50-count indictment, alleging a cross-border conspiracy to smuggle goods into Canada.