In the news – Martin Aquilina comments on the latest Bombardier bribery investigation in Sweden

In light of the recent bribery investigation in Sweden, Martin Aquilina, an international business lawyer at HazloLaw – Business Lawyers, was interviewed by the National Post to comment on the matter.

The following is an excerpt from the National Post article:

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Martin Aquilina, an international business attorney and chief operating officer of HazloLaw Business Lawyers, said companies doing business in countries with rampant corruption like Azerbaijan need to be ready to walk away from deals where officials expect bribes. In the age of smartphones, digital records and increased enforcement, companies are more likely to get caught than ever, he said.

“You really have to have a zero-tolerance stance for that sort of thing,” Aquilina said. “You really have to have that all-or-nothing approach.”



Martin Aquilina is a seasoned international business lawyer with over twenty years of experience in a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes and commercial transactions.

Holding a Master of International and European Law from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, Martin regularly advises Canadians doing business overseas and foreign clients doing business in Canada. Given his broad knowledge of foreign legal systems, he is called upon to assist in sorting out a wide panoply of situations with an extra-territorial element and combines strong technical skills with first-hand leadership experience to deliver value to his clients.

For assistance on matters concerning corruption of foreign officials, contact Martin directly at [email protected] or at +1-613-747-2459 x 308

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HazloLaw – Business Lawyers at APEC Peru 2016

HazloLaw – Business Lawyers, through its representative, Elizabeth Lemay, attended the 28th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Lima, Peru. The APEC Summit gathered leaders from member economies such as Canada and the U.S. with the goal of facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment. Four main priorities were discussed during the Summit: Investing in Human Capital Development; Moving towards the modernization of MSMEs; Fostering the Regional Food System; and Advancing in the Regional Economic Integration and Growth Agenda.


Prior to the APEC Summit, the APEC CEO Summit was held and attended by business leaders from around the world. HazloLaw – Business Lawyers was able to promote not only its expertise in Canadian and international business law but also Canada and particularly, the Ottawa region as an attractive investment destination.

HazloLaw – Business Lawyers is proud to sponsor a luncheon featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his upcoming visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina

HazloLaw Business Lawyers is delighted to announce that they will be a Maple Leaf sponsor of the upcoming luncheon of Prime Minister Trudeau hosted by the Cámara de Comercio Argentino Canadiense (“CCAC”) with the intent to support the Prime Minister’s efforts in strengthening and promoting bilateral trade, foreign direct investment and trade relations between Argentina and Canada. The prestigious event will be held in Buenos Aires on November 18, 2016. During the luncheon, Prime Minister Trudeau will address key government, business and cultural leaders involved in bilateral trade and exchanges in both countries.

One of CCAC’s major roles is to inform and expand the exchange of commercial and industrial projects between the two countries.  HazloLaw Business Lawyers has strong ties with Argentina through its long-standing association with the Argentinean law firm, Grosso & Co., Abogados and has worked for several years with both Canadian and Argentinean clients, offering strategic legal and business advice on corporate finance, mining and international business.

“We are honoured to be sponsoring such an important event, which we believe will strengthen the ties between our respective countries. The visit of our Prime Minister to Argentina clearly shows that Canada recognizes the importance of bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Argentina, said Hugues Boisvert, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of HazloLaw Business Lawyers.

Messrs. Hugues Boisvert and Martin Aquilina, the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer and a well-known international business lawyer, will be travelling to Buenos Aires to participate in the event and to further promote clients’ interests in Argentina alongside their local ally at Grosso & Co.

About HazloLaw – Business Lawyers

Headquartered in Canada’s National Capital, HazloLaw – Business Lawyers is a leading Canadian business law firm with strong ties to Argentina through their association with Buenos Aires based law firm, Grosso & Co., Abogados. HazloLaw provides entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially-minded institutions with strategic, effective and tailored solutions for their legal and business needs. HazloLaw lawyers are recognized for providing superior counsel and guidance in a wide range of industries – locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit

In Memoriam

On August 7, Robert McMechan, Senior Tax Counsel at HazloLaw – Business Lawyers passed away.

Robert was a person of integrity. Respected by his colleagues and appreciated by his clients, Robert was a brilliant individual, caring father, and husband.

Described as a “tax litigation expert by the Ontario Courts, Robert joined the firm as Senior Tax Counsel. Prior to joining the firm, he acted in the private sector as counsel for more than twenty years and held positions of General Counsel in the Tax Litigation section at the Department of Justice and Senior Rulings Officer at Revenue Canada.

Robert maintained an AV peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence. In 2011, Robert was inducted as Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Trial Lawyer Honorary Society and in the following year, he was named in In-House Counsel magazine’s list of top Canadian lawyers.

Robert was a scholar and author. He obtained a Doctorate in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and wrote the recent Carswell publication Economic Substance and Tax Avoidance: An International Perspective. Beginning in 1990, Robert co-authored Carswell’s regularly updated Tax Court Practice©.

Robert lectured for the Canadian Bar Association, Canada Revenue Agency and Law Society. He was a frequent speaker for Advocates’ Society, Canadian Tax Foundation and other groups, including as faculty member for tax litigation certificate skills program and as Chair of Resolving Tax Disputes Canadian Tax Foundation program. He served as an OBA Tax Section Executive member (1993-2003) and as Co-chair (2002-2003).

Bob, as those close to him called him, was born in Deloraine, Manitoba, and was very proud of his hometown. He loved long distance running, having completed numerous marathons on his own and with his running team. He was also a cyclist, swimmer and triathlete, and completed an Ironman in Penticton, B.C. In addition to his professional writing, Bob authored “Allison’s Brain” which won the 2015 National Indie Award for Excellence in “Inspiration” category.

Above all, Robert had a knack for bringing people together.

Robert passed away on August 7, 2016 at the age of 64. We at HazloLaw miss him dearly.