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Sabrina A. Bandali


International Trade, Regulatory and Investment Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

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Blog Posts

  • Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Karigar Conviction for Bribery of Foreign Public Official
    July 12, 2017

    On July 6, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Nazir Karigar's conviction and three-year prison sentence for agreeing to bribe to a foreign public official contrary to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). Karigar had acted as an agent of Cryptometrics Canada, an Ottawa-area company, in pursuing a contract to supply security screening equipment to Air India. The trial judge determined that Karigar had agreed with other persons to bribe Indian public officials in order to win the contracts and sentenced Karigar to a three-year imprisonment for contravening section 3 of the CFPOA. The trial judge notably did not conclude that Karigar actually paid a bribe.

  • A Post-U.S. TPP? Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
    June 20, 2017

    May 2017 may have been a turning point for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement entering into force. After the US withdrawal from the Agreement in January 2017, the remaining "TPP-11" countries openly questioned whether there remained a sufficient foundation to maintain the multi-faceted trade liberalization consensus that took seven years to negotiate, largely under U.S. leadership. After meetings in May 2017, it appears that there is a new willingness among the major economies in the TPP-11 to stay the course without US involvement.

  • Supreme Court Sustains Protections for World Bank Information Sharing
    May 03, 2016

    On April 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled unanimously in World Bank Group v. Wallace that documents from World Bank Group investigations remain immune from document production requests that are part of domestic court proceedings, even if information related to those documents has been shared with and relied upon by domestic law enforcement agencies. While the issues in the World Bank case arose in the specific context of a challenge to a wiretap authorization, the SCC's decision clarifies the inviolability of the archives of international organizations as well as immunity of their [...]
  • Panama Papers Leaks: Do You Know Your Exposure?
    April 05, 2016

    It's Not Just About Tax Evasion The "Panama Papers" story hit the international press this week. An anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian firm believed to be the world's fourth largest provider of offshore legal services.[1] The documents reveal the use of offshore holdings by thousands of entities and individuals around the world, including Canadian companies and residents of Canada. [...]
  • Thinking of Developing a Whistleblowing System? New Canadian Guidance Released Today
    February 18, 2016

    Companies and regulators alike are increasingly recognizing that "whistleblowers", i.e., individuals who report suspected wrongdoing, mismanagement or unethical conduct, are an important resource for managing risk and responding to conduct that can harm companies, their stakeholders and the public at large. The CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association) established a diverse working group drawn from the business community, academics, investigators, lawyers and former whistleblowers to develop Whistleblowing Systems “ A Guide. This document provides guidance for organizations [...]
  • CBSA CLVS Seizure Policy Targets Exporters and Ups the Ante on Non-Resident Importers
    April 24, 2015

    Background to the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program When goods are purchased through e-commerce or mail order, conventionally Canadian consumers or non-resident importers (i.e., the exporters in most cases) undertake import compliance. Most Canadian consumers are not well versed in customs laws relating to valuation of goods, and simply pay the duty and GST determined by the assigned customs broker/courier in order to obtain the ordered goods. On the other hand, foreign exporters who act as non-resident importers into Canada have a much better understanding of customs valuation, and the [...]
  • Canada Lays Corruption and Fraud Charges Against SNC-Lavalin
    February 19, 2015

    On February 19, 2015, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) laid corruption and fraud charges against the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., its division SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and its subsidiary SNC-Lavalin International Inc. under section 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and paragraph 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. [...]
  • Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions, Including Against Rosneft
    February 18, 2015

    On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced a new round of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities, including leading Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO. [...]