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Graeme is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading white collar criminal defence lawyers. He has been counsel in several of the most notable white collar and regulatory investigations and prosecutions in recent Canadian history, including the successful defence of one of the accused in the landmark bribery prosecution R. v. Barra, major domestic and international cartel investigations, and multiple high-profile Ontario Securities Commission investigations and enforcement actions. In addition, Graeme is frequently retained by companies to conduct internal investigations and instructed in related civil litigation.
Graeme also has significant experience providing representation and advice in international trade and investment matters, including with respect to economic sanctions, blocking measures (Cuba), customs laws, export, import and technology transfer controls, national security measures and anti-corruption compliance.
Graeme taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for several years. He also previously taught Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. In addition, Graeme has testified as an expert witness on criminal and constitutional law issues before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on multiple occasions.
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Graeme Hamilton has an impressive courtroom pedigree, leading high-profile tax evasion and corruption criminal defence cases. Based in Toronto, he is the national co-chair of the firm's investigations and white-collar defence group.
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Experience - White Collar Criminal Defence
Counsel to leading cryptocurrency exchange in Ontario Securities Commission investigation.
Counsel to leading cryptocurrency exchange in court application concerning seizure of alleged proceeds of crime.
Acted in several Competition Bureau investigations regarding alleged price-fixing and misleading advertising.
Successful defence of multinational aerospace company facing charges in relation to a workplace critical injury.
Counsel to audit committee of a public company in internal investigation into certain related-party transactions.
R. v. Barra – successful defence of an individual prosecuted under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act in landmark bribery prosecution.
Counsel to an individual in a high profile investigation for alleged tax evasion arising out of the Panama Papers.
Experience - International Trade and Investment Law
Counsel to multinational corporation in enforcement action under the Customs Act.
Successful defence of wholesale food distributor in prosecution under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.
Represented individual founders of a technology company in internal investigation into alleged economic sanctions violations.
Advised numerous companies with respect to compliance with economic sanctions imposed by Canada pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.
Advised numerous companies on blocking measures in relation to Cuba.
Experience - Public Law
Counsel to a multinational company in an investigation by the Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario into alleged violations of the Lobbyists Registration Act.