Conventional wisdom tells us that “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover up.” In the world of competition law – both in Canada and elsewhere – obstructing an investigation is a serious matter with significant consequences. This lesson was recently learned the hard way by guitar manufacturer Fender Musical Instruments when it was fined £25,000 for concealing documents during a “dawn raid” on its U.K. offices. The case serves as an important reminder that Canadian companies need to be vigilant in avoiding any conduct that could be construed as obstructing an investigation by Canada’s Competition Bureau.

Read on to learn the five key steps your company can take to avoid “facing the music” for obstruction in Canada.