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 has experience in public company litigation including takeover bid litigation, 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. She is a board member of the Jericho Little League Board of Directors and devotes considerable time to her role as a head coach and the Divisional Coaching Coordinator. Brigeeta is also a member of the American Bar Association.
- 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.
- Aurum LLC, in a successful shareholder oppression claim resulting in immediate removal and replacement of the members of the board of directors of Calais Resources Inc.
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