Legislatures around the world have passed laws prohibiting bribery of foreign public officials. The FCPA has received significant public attention due to a number of high-profile prosecutions. However, the Canadian equivalent to the FCPA – the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) – historically has not been a significant concern for businesses with a connection to Canada. But this is changing. In the face of mounting international pressure, Canadian authorities have sent the message that they will enforce Canadian anti-corruption laws and pursue significant penalties against companies that have provided bribes to government officials. In a guest article, Mark Morrison and Michael Dixon, partner and associate, respectively, at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, outline the substantive elements of the CFPOA with a view to comparing and contrasting Canada’s foreign anti-corruption scheme with the FCPA, and comment on Canadian enforcement trends, which have escalated in recent times, and which the authors expect will continue to increase.
In honor of International Women’s Day, some of ION Analytics' editorial teams led by women interviewed notable women in the markets and industries we cover. This part highlights notable women in compliance and hedge fund, data privacy and cybersecurity, and anti-corruption law, including Amii Barnard-Bahn, Abigail Bell, Genna Garver, Jane Horvath, Barbara Li, Amy Mushahwar, Mara Senn and Carol Widger. The interviews are here.