Tyler Hodgson is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the regional leader of the White Collar Crime Group. Tyler practises primarily in the areas of corporate governance and regulatory compliance, as well as representing parties during criminal and quasi-criminal investigations and prosecutions, both in a domestic and international context.
Tyler regularly acts for individuals and corporations during all phases of the criminal and regulatory process, ranging from the oversight and implementation of preventative compliance programs to the active investigation of suspected unlawful activity, frequently involving the execution of production orders, search warrants and compelled interviews.
On the compliance side, Tyler advises clients in relation to their obligations under domestic and international law, including anti-money laundering and foreign corrupt practice legislation. He routinely assists in the drafting of corporate policy manuals and internal corporate investigations.
Tyler is a former Assistant Crown Attorney and Enforcement Counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission. Tyler prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from shoplifting to first-degree murder to insider trading.
In 2006, Tyler accepted the position of Manager of the Enforcement Division of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, where he was involved in a number of international prosecutions for fraudulent conduct and appeared as counsel before the DIFC Court. Before returning to Canada, Tyler was named Chief Legal Officer for Dubai First International, a consumer finance subsidiary of Dubai Holding. As CLO, Tyler was responsible for supervising compliance and company law matters in relation to international finance projects (both conventional and Sharia'a compliant) in emerging markets, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia and Russia.
Tyler has appeared in all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Superior Court of Justice on both jury and judge alone trials. He continues to represent individuals and corporations charged with a wide variety of criminal and quasi-criminal offences, as well as acting for individuals subpoenaed to testify in proceedings. He acts for foreign governments in relation to criminal, regulatory and extradition matters.