We provide advice and representation so that you can make the best decision possible about whether to invest in a country, expand your operations or limit your losses. We focus on the strategic implications of your decisions, negotiate on your behalf and source the most objective information possible.
When the worst happens and your employee is detained by a foreign government – often as a tactic in a commercial dispute – we work with you to develop the most effective plan to obtain their timely release.
This aspect of our work is often performed in conjunction with our sister company, The Ofelas Group Inc. We also engage country experts through our global network of foreign affairs and risk management experts.
A major threat to a company’s reputation and value is the practice of paying bribes to foreign officials. In many countries, the pressure to “facilitate” work is extreme. But the consequences can be dramatic including prosecution under corrupt foreign practices laws and debarment by development banks. We work with anti-corruption experts to build best practices for your firm and in crafting the most appropriate response to the situation you face.
Gary Caroline and Joanna Gislason came recommended from trusted media gurus and friends while I languished in an Egyptian prison on the other side of the globe. I trusted their approach from day one as we established a unique transatlantic method of communication to fight the bogus terrorism charges I faced in Egypt, and the crippling bureaucracy of Mr. Harper’s government. Using their extraordinary contacts… their expertise in the areas of human rights and international affairs came as a lifeline as we battled for my exoneration…
Caroline Law has a wealth and depth knowledge in the areas of advocacy and the Canadian business world. They have been a great help in providing access to Canadian investors. They have an excellent team of lawyers who produced a thorough review of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining code and a detailed proposal for an anti-corruption strategy for the DRC Government.
I have worked and collaborated on matters with Gary for many years. Gary provides practical, common-sense advice (in times of both crisis and opportunity) when faced with the difficult intersection of law and complex geopolitics. A ‘voice of reason’, Gary is an expert at juggling and managing complexity in circumstances fraught with legal, commercial and ‘people’ challenges.
It’s been an honour and pleasure to work and advocate with Gary on a number of high-level international files. His highly effective global advocacy is grounded in his understanding of complex geopolitical issues and a principled commitment to justice. I’m privileged to have been able to work with and learn from him.