Munaf Mohamed is national co-chair of the firm's fraud law practice and maintains a national litigation practice with a strong emphasis on civil fraud and international asset recovery claims. Munaf also regularly handles energy-related disputes, product liability claims, bank-related litigation, arbitration mandates and defamation claims. 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." Munaf is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
"... he excels at coming up with strategic means of getting results... One of the best litigators on the street."
In representing clients prosecuting or defending civil fraud claims, he has extensive experience managing all aspects of investigative and enforcement actions, including obtaining Mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders, Anton Piller orders, conducting fraud investigations and working with corporate security personnel throughout. The fraud claims include internal defalcations, external theft, mortgage fraud, commercial loan fraud, cheque kiting and Ponzi schemes. Munaf regularly appears as counsel across the country and has overseen a number of international recovery efforts on behalf of clients. Recently, Munaf was counsel to a major financial institution in coordinating, executing and resolving one of the most complex mortgage fraud schemes in Canadian history where over 325 defendants were named and pursued.
In the energy arena, Munaf has litigated a wide variety of matters including issues related to split title of mineral rights, CO&O agreements, farm-out agreements, CAPL issues, surface rights and land related disputes, major pipeline failures, as well as disputes related to contractual arrangements. In addition, Munaf has represented numerous clients in respect of regulatory litigation. Notably, Munaf represented Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited in respect of injunctive and judicial review proceedings against the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans as well as a number of NGO's pertaining to Imperial Oil's $8 Billion Kearl Oil Sands Project arising from a Joint Review Panel recommendation.
In representing financial institutions, Munaf has extensive experience with issues relating to bills of exchange, verification agreements, clearing procedures, conversion allegations and recovery issues related to fraud. Indeed, Munaf has represented financial institutions on some of the largest fraud claims in Canada, including claims involving multi-jurisdictional asset recovery.
In the arbitration field, Munaf has successfully prosecuted and defended matters involving the ICC, AAA, CPR as well as domestic arbitration claims. Arbitrations have been seated in London, various locations in the United States and Canada.
Munaf also regularly is called upon to prosecute and defend claims in defamation. Most recently, Munaf defended Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, in respect of a $6 Million defamation claim advanced by a developer relating to comments made relating to election financing laws.
On the products liability side, Munaf has defended turbine manufacturers, pipeline designers, tank manufacturers and a number of other product designers, manufacturers and distributors.
"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.'"
Most recently, in naming Munaf a "litigation star", Benchmark Litigation quoted a client: "Munaf has common sense and is not afraid to go into novel areas. He approaches complex matters with an excellent strategic view to getting the best result without uncovering every rock. He manages reputational risk issues in a very careful manner and always has them at front of mind. Although he sits in Calgary, we use him for cases all across the country."
With over 60 reported cases, Munaf has extensive trial and appellate experience. Since articling with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench, he has appeared as lead counsel before the Superior Courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Federal Court, trial and appeal divisions, with multiple cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Munaf has been named in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal: Canada 2010-2013, 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 2012 and The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers 2012 as a leading specialist globally, and repeatedly selected by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada.
As well as having taught at the Bar Admission courses, Munaf is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of Inn from the Cold, a Calgary organization dedicated to ending family and child homelessness in Calgary. Munaf also sits on the economic Advisory Board of the Jesuit Fatherhood of Upper Canada.