The term “white collar crime” was coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland in a speech to the American Sociological Society to encompass crimes committed by persons of “respectability and high social status” in the course of their employment. Since then, the term has been used in relation to a variety of crimes committed in a commercial context for financial gain.

Our Practice Leader, Joven Narwal, and his Team are available around the clock to represent clients through all stages of an investigation and prosecution. Some of our greatest victories have not become public because we have persuaded regulators and prosecutors not to lay charges and have been effective at resolving cases before they draw public scrutiny. We also offer preventative advice with respect to the implementation of effective compliance procedures designed to reduce exposure to prosecution.

Our recent experience in this area includes the successful defence of the CEO of a publicly traded company from allegations of market manipulation.

We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of “white collar” criminal defence litigation. Mr. Narwal is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, where he teaches a class of his own design entitled “White Collar Crime”, which covers a wide-variety of charges relating to:

(a) High Yield Investment Fraud: i.e. Ponzi schemes; pyramid schemes; prime bank schemes; advanced fee fraud; hedge fund fraud; commodities fraud; foreign exchange fraud; broker embezzlements; late-day trading; mortgage fraud.

(b) Corporate Fraud: ie. falsification of financial records; self-dealing, including insider trading; kickbacks; backdating of executive stock options; misuse of corporate property.

(c) Market Manipulation: ie. pump and dump schemes; short selling; dissemination of false information.

(d) Trust Account Misappropriation: ie. misuse of trust funds by professionals.

(e) Tax Evasion and Fraud.

(f) Quasi-criminal offences under the Securities Act.

Mr. Narwal’s knowledge of “white collar crime” is wide-ranging, extending to the process of investigating, prosecuting and defending such cases, as well as the challenges posed by overlapping regulatory, administrative and civil proceedings and the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Mr. Narwal also conducts internal investigations, acting for employers dealing with theft and fraud in their workplace.

To learn more about Joven Narwal, please visit his Profile, or contact our office to speak with him directly or schedule an appointment.