As one of Canada’s top business law firms, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses in Canada and around the world. In 2018, Blakes was named the leading law firm brand for the fourth time and third year running in Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Brand Index. We were also awarded Canada Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for the 10th consecutive year and received the highest number of ranked lawyers of any Canadian law firm for the second year in a row in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, our lawyers continue to be recognized as leaders in their fields in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Canada's leading guide to lawyers. Blakes is recognized for having Canada’s pre-eminent financial services practice, including the largest and most active financial services regulatory practice in the country.
Ryan Fayhee is a partner who leads the Sanctions, Export Controls & Anti-Money Laundering practice group at Hughes Hubbard and is a member of the Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group. Prior to private practice, Ryan served for 11 years in the DOJ, where he was a leading prosecutor handling complex investigations and prosecutions affecting the national security and foreign policy of the United States. He also previously served as the National Export Control Coordinator, the principal DOJ attorney overseeing sanctions and export control prosecutions nationally. Ryan represents companies, boards of directors, audit committees and senior executives in internal and government facing cross-border investigations and advises clients on compliance and acquisition due diligence with a focus on sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and cybersecurity. Ryan has significant experience assisting multinational companies facing crises and other high profile reputational risks. Ryan is also an experienced trial lawyer and regularly represents clients in federal court and before the DOJ, federal law enforcement authorities, and trade regulators at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). He is a graduate of Purdue University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Ashley R. Hodges is an associate in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Litigation department, where she works out of the firm’s New York and Paris offices. Ashley’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the U.K. Bribery Act. Ashley has represented U.S. and international clients across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on financial services, media, and defense. Ashley conducts investigations and complex due diligence on third-party agents and joint venture partners worldwide, and she assists companies with enhancing compliance programs and navigating data privacy matters. In addition to her regulatory compliance and investigations practice, Ashley defends clients in high-stakes civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts as well as arbitral proceedings. She has represented clients in actions initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and New York state prosecutors. Ashley is a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Vladimir’s practice focuses on a broad range of issues impacting Canadian and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, credit unions, financial market infrastructures and payment service providers. He advises on business and ownership structures, establishment of financial institutions and foreign bank branches, cross-border banking rules, permitted investments and activities, bank resolution and recovery laws, regulatory compliance management and governance, payment clearing and settlement laws, and other regulatory issues. Vladimir also has expertise in all aspects of Canada’s anti-money laundering legislation and sanctions legislation.
Vladimir has completed a secondment at the Legislation and Approvals Division of Canada’s federal banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.