Keith Geurts is a Senior Equity Partner in the Toronto Office of Clyde&Co. Canada. Keith is an experienced trial lawyer who represents and defends clients on regulatory and criminal investigations relating to, among other things, white-collar crime, anti-corruption, antitrust and price fixing as it relates to Competition law.
Keith’s expertise is advising corporate clients, board members and senior executives on criminal and regulatory offences. A former Crown prosecutor, Keith has considerable trial experience defending clients with serious charges in domestic and international anti-corruption matters, fraud investigations, money-laundering, antitrust and competition law, criminal defense, tax compliance, internal investigations, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.
Having successfully represented clients at all levels of courts in Ontario for both regulatory and Criminal Investigations. He has also advised on high profile investigations and proceedings brought under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Foreign Extra-Territorial Measures Act (FEMA) as well as on matters involving the Competition Bureau, Ontario Securities Commission, occupational health, Ministry of the Environment, Human Rights tribunals, Canadian Border Services and the Attorney General’s office. He has defended clients who, in their professional capacity, have been targeted in disciplinary investigations and regularly acts as counsel in major commercial, contractual and insurance disputes.
Keith also offers compliance advice and helps develop effective anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance programs that are risk-based and tailored to the client’s needs. He regularly advises on International sanctions and anti-corruption laws pertaining to Canada, and related embargos. He advises clients on the implications of the CFPOA and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act have for their business.
Keith’s clients span diverse industries, including the financial, transportation, manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, mining, retailing and resource sectors. He also represented the Ontario Government in the Walkerton Inquiry, one of the largest Environment Inquiries in Canadian history, and has represented government agencies in a variety of coroners’ inquests, notably for police forces, Emergency Medical Services, and Occupational Health.
Keith regularly teaches trial advocacy and is a lecturer at Osgoode Hall’s LLM program teaching a course on global regulatory challenges surrounding anti-money laundering and international sanctions. He also speaks at events and writes about issues related to Anti-Corruption practices including fraud investigations, anti-money laundering, bribery, search warrants and competition law. Keith is a past president of the Toronto Lawyers Club. Since 2018, Keith is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. He is ranked by Chambers and Partners Canada in 2018 in the field of White-Collar crime law (Nationwide Canada).