Guy Pinsonnault 

Ottawa  t: 613.691.6125  |  e: guy.pinsonnault@mcmillan.ca
Montréal  t: 514.987.5063

Guy Pinsonnault

Ottawa
World Exchange Plaza, Suite 2000
45 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

t: 613.691.6125
e: guy.pinsonnault@mcmillan.ca

overview

Guy Pinsonnault is a partner in the firm's Competition Group. His practice includes the full range of competition, white collar crime and Canadian business regulation, litigation and advisory work, with a particular focus on Canadian and international cartel and commercial crime matters.

Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Pinsonnault was the General Counsel, Competition Law Section, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, from 2004 to 2012. His work as the senior prosecutor at the Competition Bureau focused mainly on the prosecution of criminal cartel matters, as well as bid-rigging and fraudulent misrepresentation, in many of the major contested competition prosecutions in that period. He also provided extensive advice in the development of the Competition Bureau policies and programs in the criminal field (e.g. the Immunity and Leniency Programs) and advised on Bureau policies and practices for search and seizure, immunity and plea agreements .

Mr. Pinsonnault has had extensive criminal law and competition law experience dealing with local, national and cross-border corporate crime investigations. His practice involved foreign corrupt practices, fraud, commercial crime and other white collar offences. His work included multi-jurisdictional files for the Competition Bureau with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, as well as the RCMP Commercial Crime Division, the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit, and the Province of Quebec anti-corruption unit (UPAC). Mr. Pinsonnault has appeared before Superior courts, the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Pinsonnault started his career in 1980 as a provincial prosecutor in the province of Québec where he prosecuted cases that covered a wide range of criminal matters including fraud, white collar crimes, murder, sexual offences, robbery.

From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Pinsonnault was a prosecutor with Federal Prosecution Services, Justice Canada, where he prosecuted drug cases, proceeds of crime and criminal organization offences, as well as criminal tax evasion.

The International Competition Network invited Guy Pinsonnault to participate as a non-governmental advisor at the Cartel Workshop in 2013 (Cape Town, Africa), 2014 (Taipei, Taiwan), 2015 (Cartagena, Colombia), and 2016 (Madrid, Spain).

Presentations

Whither Section 45? Criminal Conspiracies under the Microscope

Publications

Foreign Corruption: Canada Makes "Facilitation Payments" Illegal
Government of Canada Announces Public Consultation regarding Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs)
Getting the Deal Through – Cartel Regulation 2017
Rigging the Bid: Finding Fraud in a Regulated Setting
FCPA Declination Letters and Corporate Criminal Liability: What Can Be Learned From the U.S. Approach
Impacts of the Supreme Court's Decision in R v Anthony-Cook on the Certainty of Plea Agreements and Jointly Proposed Sentencing
Fraud in Regulated Settings: Detrimental Reliance by the Victim not always Required
The Supreme Court finds that certain Search and Production Provisions of Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Legislation are inapplicable to Legal Counsel
Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones upon Arrest are Lawful in Canada – but Strict Safeguards Apply
Blame It On Rio: Whistleblowing and World Football's Anti-Corruption Crisis
R. v. Pétroles Global: The First Judgment in a Decade to Apply the New Canadian Corporate Criminal Liability Regime
The Supreme Court Reiterates That a Mistake of Law Affords no Defence, But Opens a Discussion on a New Exception
The Supreme Court's decision in R. v Vu: a specific authorization is required to conduct the search of computer or cell phone data
What's new with the FAQs
The Quebec Superior Court releases the first ruling in Canada regarding the criminal liability of an organization since the 2004 Criminal Code Reform
"Calling All Whistleblowers" - the Competition Bureau's newest cartel-busting initiative

News

Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Pierre-Christian Collins Hoffman and Guy Pinsonnault receive CBA's 2016 Bill Miller Memorial Award
McMillan Plays a Leading Role in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law
McMillan Plays a Leading Role in the CBA Competition Law Section
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan Co-Hosts Mergers Program With Bloomberg, New York State Bar Association, and CBA
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
Former Top Competition Bureau Prosecutor Guy Pinsonnault joins McMillan

Education

  • University of Ottawa, LL.L - 1979

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2011
  • Called to the Quebec bar - 1980

Practices

competition and antitrust
anti-corruption and fraud
cartels
class actions
competition policy advocacy
marketing and advertising
unilateral conduct and distribution practices

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association - Chair of the Criminal Matters Committee
  • American Bar Association - Member of the Section's International Cartel Task Force

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as a repeatedly recommended in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition Law
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Guy Pinsonnault is a partner in the firm's Competition Group. His practice includes the full range of competition, white collar crime and Canadian business regulation, litigation and advisory work, with a particular focus on Canadian and international cartel and commercial crime matters.

Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Pinsonnault was the General Counsel, Competition Law Section, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, from 2004 to 2012. His work as the senior prosecutor at the Competition Bureau focused mainly on the prosecution of criminal cartel matters, as well as bid-rigging and fraudulent misrepresentation, in many of the major contested competition prosecutions in that period. He also provided extensive advice in the development of the Competition Bureau policies and programs in the criminal field (e.g. the Immunity and Leniency Programs) and advised on Bureau policies and practices for search and seizure, immunity and plea agreements .

Mr. Pinsonnault has had extensive criminal law and competition law experience dealing with local, national and cross-border corporate crime investigations. His practice involved foreign corrupt practices, fraud, commercial crime and other white collar offences. His work included multi-jurisdictional files for the Competition Bureau with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, as well as the RCMP Commercial Crime Division, the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit, and the Province of Quebec anti-corruption unit (UPAC). Mr. Pinsonnault has appeared before Superior courts, the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Pinsonnault started his career in 1980 as a provincial prosecutor in the province of Québec where he prosecuted cases that covered a wide range of criminal matters including fraud, white collar crimes, murder, sexual offences, robbery.

From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Pinsonnault was a prosecutor with Federal Prosecution Services, Justice Canada, where he prosecuted drug cases, proceeds of crime and criminal organization offences, as well as criminal tax evasion.

The International Competition Network invited Guy Pinsonnault to participate as a non-governmental advisor at the Cartel Workshop in 2013 (Cape Town, Africa), 2014 (Taipei, Taiwan), 2015 (Cartagena, Colombia), and 2016 (Madrid, Spain).

June 2017
Rigging the Bid: Finding Fraud in a Regulated Setting

Competition and Antitrust Bulletin

March 2015
The Canadian Approach to Corporate Criminal Liability for Antitrust Offenses

American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter – Spring 2015

March 2015
Attaching Criminal Liability to Organizations for Anti-Competitive Offences: What Can Be Learnt From the Canadian Experience
Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (Oxford University Press), Vol. 6, Issue 3
December 2014
Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones upon Arrest are Lawful in Canada – but Strict Safeguards Apply
Competition Bulletin
Republished in the February 2015 edition of the Canadian Privacy Law Review
June 2014
R. v. Pétroles Global: The First Judgment in a Decade to Apply the New Canadian Corporate Criminal Liability Regime
The Marker, Criminal Matters Committee of the CBA National Competition Law Section
May 2014
The Criminal Liability of Organizations for Economic Crimes
Canadian Competition Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 1
September 2013
What's new with the FAQs
Competition Bulletin
May 25, 2017
Whither Section 45? Criminal Conspiracies under the Microscope
CBA Competition Law, Spring Conference, Toronto, Ontario