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Graeme A. Hamilton

Associé

Toronto
GHamilton@blg.com
416.367.6746

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Graeme Hamilton is the National Co-Chair of BLG's Investigations and White Collar Defence Group. His guidance and expertise has been sought in some of the most significant corporate investigations, government enforcement actions and white collar prosecutions in recent Canadian history.

Graeme is committed to guiding his clients through all phases of an internal investigation, and he has successfully represented numerous corporations and individuals facing serious criminal or regulatory investigations or prosecutions.

Graeme has the legal acumen and business savvy to work in this highly publicized and pressurized environment where reputations are constantly at stake. Graeme is well versed in the Criminal Code, the Competition Act, the Ontario Securities Act, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and other penal legislation of concern to corporations and their directors and officers. He uses his past experience to the benefit of his clients to identify and uncover potential risks, review existing policies, build and update compliance policies and programs, and he frequently structures agreements to keep his clients and their businesses out of the spotlight. As such, he is regularly approached by corporations and their directors and officers for his careful preparation and strategic advice concerning existing or potential government enforcement actions.

In litigation, Graeme draws upon his depth and breadth of experience as a courtroom advocate. Graeme maintains a very active trial and appellate practice encompassing white collar criminal defence, securities regulatory proceedings, public law and commercial litigation. He has been lead counsel in dozens of trials and contested hearings, and has substantial appellate experience in both criminal and civil matters. Several of Graeme’s past cases have also involved multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

As National Co-Chair of BLG's Investigations and White Collar Defence Group, Graeme jointly leads an unparalleled national team of professionals that have the experience and expertise necessary to handle the largest and most complex investigations and prosecutions.

In addition to Graeme’s commitment to his clients, and the firm, he is also dedicated to the advancement of the legal profession in Canada. He teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and previously taught Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor.

In recognition of his work, Graeme has received many awards from his peers and colleagues, including rankings in Chambers Canada for his extraordinary White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations work, and in Benchmark Litigation for being amongst the top young legal talents in Canada.

Experience

  • Acted in several Competition Bureau investigations regarding alleged price-fixing or misleading advertising.
  • Counsel to large public company in investigation for alleged contraventions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Counsel to an individual in a high profile investigation for alleged tax evasion arising out of the Panama Papers.
  • R. v. Barra and Govindia - acting for an individual charged under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
  • Represented an investment dealer in a regulatory prosecution under the Pension Benefits Act.
  • In the Matter of Home Capital Group Inc. et al. - acted for the former CFO of Home Capital Group in Ontario Securities Commission enforcement proceedings and related class action proceedings.
  • Frequently provide advice regarding anti-money laundering and anti-bribery legislation.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Advocates' Society
  • Member, Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Teaching Advisor, Trial Advocacy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2018-2019

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Future Star).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star: Ontario"
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2009
  • LLM, Faculté de droit de Harvard, 2010
  • JD, Université de Toronto, 2008
  • MA in Economics, Université de Toronto, 2008
  • BSc in Mathematics and Engineering, Université Queen’s, 2003