Munaf Mohamed is national co-head of the firm's economic and financial crimes practice specializing in complex, high stakes disputes in virtually every area of corporate and commercial litigation, including fraud, energy, product liability, infrastructure and construction, securities and defamation. He maintains a national practice and has been lead counsel in numerous trials, appeals and judicial review hearings across the country, including a number of multi-month trials. He has repeatedly been named by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada, and is an inducted Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Chambers Global 2022
"Munaf is a master litigator. He is absolutely first rate."
"…he excels at coming up with strategic means of getting results… one of the best litigators on the street."
In commenting on his trial experience in the commercial litigation field, Chambers Canada recently quoted a source: "He is incredibly good strategically and deadly with a witness. He is very good on his feet in front of judges and arbitrators."
In the economic and financial crimes area, Munaf has extensive experience leading fraud and asset recovery proceedings domestically and internationally, obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions (Mareva orders), Norwich Pharmacal orders, Anton Piller Orders and seeking asset recovery and enforcement in over 20 countries. He has been counsel in some of the largest fraud litigation claims in Canada and abroad.
"Munaf Mohamed is a respected practitioner in the area of white collar fraud. Sources say he's the right guy for it – he's a pitbull."
Munaf also maintains an active arbitration practice having led arbitration proceedings domestically and under the Rules of the International Chambers of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, including the AAA and ICDR Canada, as well as the CPR, International Institute for Conflict Prevention Resolution, in Canada, the United States, South America, the United Kingdom and Europe.
In the white collar defence and investigations area, Munaf is regularly asked to advise on and lead investigations on behalf of boards and special committees on issues of accounting fraud, bribery (CFPOA/FCPA), money laundering, and other sensitive matters. These frequently involve domestic regulators and law enforcement, as well as working and coordinating with colleagues in different jurisdictions on multi-jurisdictional investigations involving various agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, the UK Serious Fraud Office and others.
As well, Munaf is regularly called upon to advise upon, prosecute and defend claims in defamation. Munaf has defended a number of high profile politicians accused of defamation and, most recently, Munaf defended former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, in respect of a $6-million defamation claim advanced by a developer relating to comments made relating to election financing laws.
With over 125 reported cases, Munaf has extensive trial and appellate experience across Canada. Since serving as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Willis O'Leary, with the Alberta Court of Appeal, he has appeared as lead counsel before the Superior Courts, both trial and appellate, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Federal Courts, with multiple appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Munaf has been named in virtually every legal reporting agency including Chambers Global, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert Guides to Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: Canada, as a leading practitioner in the Business Crime practice area, The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2011, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011, The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers 2012 as a leading specialist globally, Global Investigations Review, the Legal 500, Benchmark Canada: the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada.
In addition to having taught at the Bar Admission courses, Munaf regularly speaks on trial and appellate practice, as well matters relating to fraud, investigations and defamation. He serves as Lead Director on the firm's Board of Directors, and was former Chair of the Board of Directors of Inn from the Cold, an organization dedicated to ending family and child homelessness in Calgary. Munaf also served on the Economic Advisory Board of the Jesuits of Canada. He also sits as a member of the Bennett Jones Partnership Board.