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Alan Sarhan

Bretton Woods Law - Alan Sarhan


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Canadian Qualified Lawyer
Partner, BWL Canada



  • Corporate governance strategic advice
  • Multilateral Development Banks sanctions work
  • Business integrity crisis prevention
  • Commercial and compliance due diligence and audit
    Implementation of complex compliance remediation strategies


Prior to establishing Bretton Woods Law Canada, Alan Sarhan worked for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., a multinational engineering & construction firm as the Legal Director of its Ethics & Compliance Department. There he acquired a significant amount of experience in compliance program development, crisis management, anti-corruption and bribery legislation, government enforcement, internal investigations and corporate monitorships. Alan has extensive international experience having managed files in multiple jurisdictions and travelled to India, the Philippines, Morrocco, Luxembourg, England, Angola, France and the United States. He has particular expertise with integrity rules of various international financial insitutions, including the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.

Alan also acted as the lead in-house lawyer on one of Canada’s biggest securities class actions undertaking the day-to-day responsibility for the litigation, including interfacing with the defence counsel, insurers and company management and board of directors as well as managing a large-scale preservation and collection exercise for documentary production in the litigation.

Prior to Alan’s work in ethics & compliance, he developed extensive experience as a commercial/corporate lawyer both in-house and in private practice, at one of Canada’s largest national firms, drafting and negotiating legal agreements for a wide range of transactions in the areas of engineering/construction, infrastructure, public private partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, estates & trusts and entertainment.

Before obtaining his LLB from the Université de Montréal, Alan obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.

Marler is an established expert in the rule of law and public international law generally. I have seen him at work over the years and he is impressive. A barrister with a quick mind, an eloquent tongue and a talent with a pen, as well as having a keen sense of humour. I selected him to be my General Counsel at EQ-G for a reason.

General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO (former UK CDS and now Lord Richards of Hertsmonceux)

Lawyers in private practice with talent and expertise in resolving MDB sanctions cases are few and far between, but Lee Marler is one of them. He has proven himself time and again to be knowledgeable and highly effective. He is also a fine advocate and draftsman, and this is why I instruct him – where necessary – to assist IACD in its efforts to curb corruption on AfDB financed projects.

Anna Bossman, Director, AfDB’s Integrity and Anticorruption Department (“IACD”)

An unparalleled blend of legal expertise in the area of International Administrative Law and an understanding of the mindset and functioning of legal departments at international institutions.”

Zbigniew Kominek, Former Chair, EBRD Staff Council