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Brigeeta C. Richdale

Associate

Securities, Fraud and Commercial Litigation Lawyer at Bennett Jones Vancouver

T: 604.891.5150

Brigeeta Richdale practises corporate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities and regulatory matters, fraud and enforcement proceedings, employment matters, corporate/commercial disputes and representation of financial institutions and investment advisors. Brigeeta's practice has a strong focus on international asset tracing, conducting investigations with internal and external auditors, enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, Worldwide Mareva Injunctions, Anton Piller orders, and Norwich Pharmacal orders. She has significant experience with litigation resulting from Ponzi schemes, offshore banking and money laundering, fraudulent conveyances, investment fraud, employee fraud and theft, and investment disputes.

Brigeeta has experience in public company litigation including takeover bid litigation, proxy battles, directors' and officers' liability litigation, shareholder rights, oppression and derivative proceedings, and broker-dealer litigation. Brigeeta represents clients in litigation proceedings on employment matters including wrongful dismissals, severance entitlement, and employee theft and fraud, and provides strategic employment advice to management on workplace investigations and compliance assessments.

Brigeeta has extensive experience in matters involving investigations and enforcement proceedings before various Securities Commissions, the RCMP's Commercial Crime division, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealer's Association (MFDA), and well as national and international agencies including Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Interpol. Brigeeta represents clients at the investigative stage and throughout an enforcement action on matters involving allegations of fraud, insider trading, illegal distributions, market manipulation, discretionary trading, and suitability matters.

As a former litigator in the Enforcement Department at the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), Brigeeta successfully prosecuted a variety of complex and high profile cases. As a former Criminal Investigator, Certified Fraud Examiner and Special Provincial Constable, Brigeeta investigated breaches of the Securities Act and Criminal Code. Prior to her work at the BCSC, Brigeeta worked as an associate with a premier litigation firm in Vancouver.

Brigeeta regularly speaks at national and international conferences, continuing legal education seminars and at law schools on the topics of securities law, fraud investigations and professional responsibility and ethics.

Brigeeta is the Chair of the Canadian Client Consultation Committee that regulates and oversees the Canadian law school moot for client interviewing. She is also the Canadian delegate for the Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Interviewing Foundation.

Brigeeta is a member of Transparency International Canada Inc. and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' Vancouver Chapter and sits on the International Advisory Council of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Brigeeta is also a member of the American Bar Association. Brigeeta devotes considerable time to her role as head coach with Jericho Little League.

Select Experience

  • Western Resources Corp. (TSX), in connection with its acquisition of Western Potash Corp. (TSX) pursuant to a court approved plan of arrangement.
  • Canadian counsel to Hermitage Capital Management Limited with respect to the money laundering investigation by Canadian authorities regarding proceeds of a US$230 million tax refund fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky.
  • Calais Resources Inc. in an application for a worldwide mareva injunction successfully freezing US$150 million in assets.

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