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CBEX, Kinstellar, The Embassy of Canada, and Gowling WLG invite you to join webinar on anti-corruption


Webinar “Corruption-Related Offences and Enforcement: Key Takeaways for Canadian Business in Romania”


Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Time: 8.30 am EST / 3.30 pm Bucharest time

Where: GoToWebinar



Why you should attend

Romania’s expansive legislation can lead to many kinds of activity being considered criminal, generating pitfalls for Canadian investors. Lately both countries have been chasing high-profile acts of corruption which have led to criminal prosecution of both companies and management.

What are considered corruptible offences in both Romania and Canada, what are the actual trends and repercussions – join our 2-hour webinar on the topic.


Key topics

  • The basics: Corruptible offences in both Romania and Canada 
  • Trends in Romania – when does a matter become a criminal matter? 
  • Repercussions in Romania – company and personal liability
  • Trends and repercussions in CanadaAgenda 

    Introductory Remarks 

    Her Excellency Annick Goulet, Ambassador, Embassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova

    John Saroudis, President, Canadian Business Exchange 


    Panel Discussion


    Conversation participants:

    Remus Codreanu, Partner and Head of Compliance, Risk and Special Investigations Practice, Kinstellar Bucharest

    Glen Jennings, Partner and Leader of the White-Collar Defence and Investigations Group, Gowling WLG (Toronto)

    Marc Tassé, Corporate Ethics and Financial Crimes Expert, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa



    Victor Constantinescu, Managing Partner, Romania, and member of firm management committee, Kinstellar, Vice-President CBEX


Speakers Biographies

Her Excellency Annick Goulet, Ambassador of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and The Republic of Moldova, The Embassy of Canada

Ambassador Annick Goulet joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999, after having worked as a journalist in Canada, Europe and Asia. During her time in Ottawa, she was the Director for Commercial Affairs with EU and EFTA countries, the Director for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, as well as the Deputy Director for Nuclear Policy and the Deputy Director for Japan. While in Ottawa, she also had an assignment in the Privy Council Office’s Foreign Policy and Defense Secretariat. Her positions abroad included a secondment at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and a posting as Second and First Secretary (Economic) at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo. She also served as Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Beijing. Most recently, she was posted to the Embassy of Canada in Moscow where, in addition to being Minister-Counsellor (Economic and Trade), she acted as Chargée d’affaires a.i. in Armenia and Uzbekistan. Ambassador Annick Goulet holds a BA Hons in Political Science and Second Program, Modern Languages (Japanese and Russian), from McGill University and a DES in Journalism from École supérieure de journalisme de Paris (graduate school of journalism in Paris). Ambassador Goulet also holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


John Saroudis, President, Canadian Business Exchange

John has spent the past 18 years of his career in Eastern Europe, mainly in Romania working on the nuclear program initially with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and then with Candu Energy. He currently runs a consulting business in the energy sector. John sees growing opportunities for business growth between Romania and Canada partly as a result of the recently signed CETA agreement but also due to the growing number of Romanians in Canada who are interested in maintaining and developing business ties with their homeland. CBEX offers an excellent vehicle for promoting networking and creating new links between Canada and Romania.


Remus Codreanu, Partner and Head of Compliance, Risk and Special Investigations Practice, Kinstellar Bucharest 

Remus is a Partner in Kinstellar’s Bucharest office and the leader of the Compliance, Risk and Sensitive Investigation team in Bucharest. He has over 15 years of broad and in-depth experience in advising and representing Romanian and international companies from various industries on a broad range of matters such as dispute resolution, white-collar crime, employment litigation, administrative law including public procurement, intellectual property, insolvency and others. Advice involved both consultancy and contentious sides. Remus managed to win the vast majority of the cases in which he acted for his client companies and has been the lead partner for all of the local office’s matters.


Glen Jennings, Partner and Leader of the White-Collar Defence and Investigations Group, Gowling WLG (Toronto)

Glen Jennings is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and leader of the firm’s White Collar Defence & Investigations Group. A Chambers-ranked litigator with expertise in both criminal and regulatory matters, he has extensive experience in white collar defence, complex regulatory issues, internal investigations, and corporate risk and compliance. Over the past two decades, Glen has represented corporations and executives in some of Canada’s most significant white collar cases. His practice spans a wide range of regulatory and criminal matters at both the trial and appellate levels, with a focus on domestic and foreign corruption, complex tax issues, fraud, money laundering, internal investigations, and antitrust and securities cases. Glen first achieved recognition for his leadership and expertise in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Chambers’ inaugural listing for Canada. He has maintained his this ranking ever since. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Glen was a partner at a Toronto-based litigation firm. His practice there included representing a large multinational company in complex, multi-year litigation, as well as conducting significant securities and regulatory litigation on behalf of the firm. He has previously practised law as both a defence lawyer and assistant Crown Attorney. Glen has been involved in continuing legal education as a lecturer for the American Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Criminal Lawyers Association. He is a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor Law School, teaching a course in Law and White-Collar Crime. Glen has also served on the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Consultation Committee. As leader of Gowling WLG’s White Collar Defence and Investigations Group, Glen oversees a multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary team that offers a range of specialized services to clients, including corruption and bribery prevention, crisis management, internal investigations, corporate risk and compliance programs, due diligence in business transactions, and white-collar defence.


Marc Tassé, Corporate Ethics and Financial Crimes Expert, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Marc Y. Tassé is a globally recognized expert on corporate misconduct, crisis response, and ethical leadership, who has extensive experience as an independent special advisor to various board chairs and CEOs of corporations and organizations, federal and provincial departments, agencies and crown corporations. He advises on “high profile and sensitive cases” related to alleged corruption, fraud, money laundering, financial misconduct, conflict of interest, and breach of fiduciary duty.  Mr. Tassé is a Chartered Professional Accountant – Chartered Accountant in Canada and a Forensic Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Specialist, a Certified Internal Controls Auditor and a Certified Anti-Corruption Manager in USA. He carries the designation of Certified in Financial Forensics in Canada and USA and holds both an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Tassé is a seasoned award-winning lecturer at the Executive MBA program at the Telfer School of Management and at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law – Common Law Section, an instructor at the United Nations Global Compact Network Canada’s Anti-Corruption Certificate Program, and delivers presentations at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.


Victor Constantinescu, Managing Partner, Romania, and member of firm management committee, Kinstellar, Vice-President CBEX

Victor Constantinescu is the Managing Partner of the Bucharest office, the co-head of the firm-wide Real Estate sector, and a member of the firm management committee. With more than 15 years’ experience in real estate in the region, he focuses primarily on Romania and South-East Europe, where he has built a reputation for efficiency and commercial pragmatism in organizing and closing transactions and for building long-term relationships – skills that have earned him recognition as a top real estate practitioner for years in a row by major legal guides. As part of his practice, he routinely encounters white-collar crime matters. A Canada-born-and-raised, native English speaker, he graduated law from McGill University and has a graduate degree from University of Toronto.