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Alan Sarhan

Alan Sarhan


Alan Sarhan is a business lawyer with broad experience in corporate and commercial law, mergers & ‎acquisitions, engineering and construction law, international risk management, global trade and compliance, ‎economic sanctions, and export control.‎

Alan Sarhan developed extensive experience as a corporate commercial lawyer at a national law firm ‎having worked on a wide range of transactions in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, ‎engineering/construction, infrastructure, public private partnerships, and media/entertainment, before ‎joining the in-house team at one of the largest multinational engineering & construction firms in the world. ‎There he was on the M&A and infrastructure team before becoming the Legal Director of its Ethics & ‎Compliance Department. In that role he acquired a significant amount of experience in compliance program ‎development, crisis management, anti-corruption law, economic sanctions, government enforcement, ‎internal investigations and corporate monitorships.‎

In 2015, Alan co-founded the Canadian office of a boutique business integrity law firm where he ‎specialized in international risk management and global compliance having worked on files in Asia, Africa, ‎Europe and North America. He has particular expertise with integrity rules of various international financial ‎institutions, including the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank ‎and the European Investment Bank.‎

Bar admissionsQuebec, 2006Ontario, 2023


  • Member of the negotiating team representing a Canadian multinational in its discussions with the Royal ‎Canadian Mounted Police with respect to criminal charges laid against the Company pursuant to the ‎Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.‎
  • Conducted an internal investigation into allegations of insider trading resulting from a probe by the ‎Quebec securities regulator (‎Autorité des marchés financiers)‎
  • Appointed by a multi-lateral development bank to investigate allegations of corruption and collusion in ‎the Egyptian power sector
  • Engaged by a real estate conglomerate to advise on risks associated with money laundering and ‎economic sanctions and investigate allegations of a business partner laundering money and violating ‎economic sanctions. ‎
  • Engaged by a Canadian publicly listed satellite company to conduct an internal investigation into ‎allegations of corruption reported by a member of the board of director
  • Managed numerous large-scale document collection efforts in response to various law enforcement and ‎regulatory actions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau, Elections Canada, ‎UPAC (Quebec Provincial Police Anti-Corruption unit), the Quebec securities regulator (‎Autorité des ‎marchés financiers), the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and ‎the Asian Development Ban
  •  Appointed co-lead of a two-and-half year corporate monitorship of a Japanese multinational with ‎‎335,000 employees and a market cap of USD 30B
  • Appointed co-lead of a three-year corporate monitorship of a Canadian multinational with 50,000 ‎employees and a market cap of CAD 8B
  • Lead the stakeholder engagement plan between the a Canadian multinational and the Government of ‎Canada which led to the entering into of the first ever Administrative Agreement between the ‎Government of Canada and a Company pursuant to the Government of Canada’s Integrity Regime.‎
  • Engaged by a Canadian based global manufacturer of recreational vehicles to set up its reporting and ‎whistleblowing systems, intake ‎procedures and investigative protocols
  • Engaged by a Canadian aerospace company to set up its reporting and whistleblowing systems, intake ‎‎procedures and investigative protocols as well as to evaluate the integrity of certain ‎principal suppliers
  • Engaged by a Canadian crown corporation to set up its reporting and whistleblowing systems, intake ‎‎procedures and investigative protocols
  • Engaged by a Canadian multinational to perform a comprehensive and holistic review of its integrity ‎compliance program and implement recommendations with a view to bringing the client’s integrity ‎compliance program in line with recognized international standards ‎Engaged by a Canadian pension fund to evaluate the integrity of all of their real estate investment ‎partners
  • Investigated numerous code of ethics related violations, including investigations relating to alleged ‎misconduct senior executives within various organizations
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • M.B.A. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2019 - Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA (joint program)
  • LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2005
  • B.A., Concordia University, 2001 (with distinction)


  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate/Commercial‎), Lawyers to Watch, 2020
  • In-House Counsel of the Year Finalist, Young Bar Association of Montreal, 2013


  • Co-Author, "World Bank Group v. Wallace: what happens when the cooperation between international organisations and local law enforcement goes wrong"
  • Co-Author, "World Bank Group v. Wallace: International Organizations' Immunities and the Fight Against ‎Corruption", June 20, 2016‎


  • Speaker, "Compliance Programs - Legal Perspective", Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, ‎November ‎‎7-10, 2021‎
  • Speaker, "White Collar Crime", Investigations and Compliance Symposium, October 5, 2021‎
  • Speaker, "A Review of the World Bank v Wallace Supreme Court of Canada Case", International ‎Administrative Law Centre of Excellence, October 31st and November 1st, 2016, London, England‎
  • Panelist, "Fraud, Competition and Corruption Investigation Developments", Northwind Professional ‎Institute’s Inaugural Legal & Regulatory Investigations Invitational Forum 2016, September 27-28, 2016, ‎Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario
  • Moderator, "Les enquêtes internes et externes pour détecter et remédier aux cas d’inconduite dans les ‎entreprises", Governance, Compliance and Ethics Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Quebec ‎Branch), June 8, 2016, Montreal, Quebec
  • Guest lecturer, "Corporate governance and and prevention of corporate misconduct",  Université de ‎Sherbrooke, March 9, 2016, Montreal, Quebec
  • Panelist, 3rd Edition, Insight Corporate Compliance Forum – Topical Issues in Anti-Bribery, Corruption ‎and Compliance - Panelist Internal Investigations and Government Investigations June 17th – 18th, 2016 ‎Toronto, Ontario

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member of the Governance, Compliance and Ethics Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Quebec Branch)
  • Transparency International (Canada)