Mar. 27, 2020 - Disruptions to businesses in Canada and across the globe as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold are raising a variety of competition law issues that will need to be managed in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ongoing pandemic. We highlight some of...
Navigating the Choppy Waters of Foreign Anticorruption Enforcement
The first reported case of corporate foreign corruption dates back to the 16th century, when the British East India Company bribed Mogul rulers with “rare treasures, including paintings, carvings and costly objects made of copper, brass and stone” in consideration of a tax break on exports. Historically, these practices were seen as an essential aspect of doing business abroad, or “as a kind of grease to move economic machinery along when there were bureaucratic obstacles.” Thus, foreign corruption became a well-entrenched profitable practice, which was even welcomed by shareholders of early multinationals.
Mar. 23, 2020 - The Act mainly to establish the Centre d'acquisitions gouvernementales and Infrastructures technologiques Québec (Act) was assented to on February 21, 2020, by the National Assembly of Québec. The Act incorporates new provisions in the government procurement rules to combat abusive tax...