Tyler Hodgson is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the National Leader of the White Collar Crime and Regulatory Compliance and Investigations Group. Tyler practices primarily in the areas of corporate governance and regulatory compliance, as well as representing parties during regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal investigations and prosecutions, both in a domestic and international context.
Tyler regularly directs and manages international compliance reviews and government investigations. He is called to the bar in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Dubai International Financial Centre, and was named as one of world’s leading investigative attorneys in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Investigations Lawyers and Forensic Experts. Tyler is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, and teaches a course on cross-border investigations and prosecutions.
On the compliance side, Tyler advises clients in relation to their obligations under domestic and international law, including anti-money laundering and foreign corrupt practice legislation. He routinely assists in the drafting of domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate policy manuals.
As a former Assistant Crown Attorney and Enforcement Counsel for the Ontario Securities Commission, Tyler also frequently represents individuals and corporations during all stages of the criminal and regulatory process, ranging from the active investigation of suspected unlawful activity, often involving the execution of production orders, search warrants and compelled interviews both a domestic and cross-border context, to the post-charge prosecution and sanctioning phases.
In the busiest court house in Canada, Tyler prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from shoplifting to first-degree murder as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Tyler was also Enforcement Counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission, a role in which he investigated and prosecuted cross-border capital market offenses, including insider trading, market manipulation and unregistered trading and advising.
In 2006, Tyler accepted the position of Manager of the Enforcement Division of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, where he was involved in a number of international prosecutions for fraudulent conduct and appeared as counsel before the DIFC Court. Before returning to Canada, Tyler was named Chief Legal Officer for Dubai First International, a consumer finance subsidiary of Dubai Holding. As CLO, Tyler was responsible for supervising compliance and company law matters in relation to international finance projects (both conventional and Sharia'a compliant) in emerging markets, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia and Russia.
Tyler has appeared in all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Superior Court of Justice on both jury and judge alone trials. He continues to represent individuals and corporations charged with a wide variety of criminal and quasi-criminal offenses, as well as acting for individuals subpoenaed to testify in proceedings. He acts for foreign governments in relation to criminal, regulatory and extradition matters.