Brigeeta RichdaleVice Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations at Cozen O'Connor (Canada)
Brigeeta represents clients in all aspects of enforcement and securities regulatory proceedings and related litigation, focusing on matters involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, Ponzi schemes, illegal distributions, and money laundering.
Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Brigeeta was a partner at a leading international firm, a prosecutor in the Enforcement Department at the British Columbia Securities Commission, a criminal investigator, and special provincial constable. Brigeeta’s clients benefit from her extensive experience in investigations and enforcement proceedings before various securities commissions, the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Division, as well as national and international agencies, including Canada Revenue Agency, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Interpol. Brigeeta’s clients rely upon her to work seamlessly across borders and with regulators throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Brigeeta has extensive experience guiding clients through complex disputes including private and public company litigation involving directors’ and officers’ liability and breach of fiduciary duties, hostile take-over bids and proxy fights, shareholder disputes, oppression and derivative proceedings, securities class actions, and contested plans of arrangement. Brigeeta provides proactive risk-management advisory services, and crisis response leadership to enable companies to avoid, prepare for, manage, and respond to extraordinary situations, including regulatory actions and litigation.
As a certified fraud examiner, Brigeeta represents clients internationally with complex, cross-border internal investigations, including whistleblower complaints. She is frequently called upon to provide strategic advice to management on workplace investigations, compliance assessments, and the remediation and prevention of cyber breaches and online and electronic disclosures. The digital economy and the ascendancy of intellectual property assets have become an increasing focus of Brigeeta’s practice. She represents clients in the technology, cryptocurrency, and health care industries to navigate international regulatory regimes, including the application of securities laws and regulation of ICOs and ITOs; and TSX, TSX-V, CSE, NYSE MKT listed companies.
Brigeeta regularly speaks at international conferences and law schools on the topics of securities enforcement and fraud investigations. Brigeeta has also been called upon to educate international brand holders on both internal and external investigations and the strategic prevention of counterfeit goods and services within the international market. Her experience in matters related to counterfeit goods is invaluable to clients prosecuting and defending applications before the Trademarks Opposition Board and in enforcement actions before Canada’s Federal Court.