Nadia Chiesa specializes in commercial litigation and multi-jurisdictional disputes in Canada and the Caribbean.

Nadia is co-chair of the Caribbean Practice Group at WeirFoulds LLP. She is part of a team that focuses on multi-jurisdictional litigation involving complex corporate and commercial disputes in various jurisdictions including the Eastern Caribbean, Central America and the US.

Nadia has advised clients on a wide variety of matters, including multi-jurisdictional corporate disputes involving shareholder rights and director’s duties, the registration and enforcement of foreign judgments, commercial disputes, and offshore trusts and estates matters. She is also a member of WeirFoulds’ Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Regulatory Compliance group, and advises clients in these areas, including on extra-territorial freeze orders pursuant to anti-money laundering legislation, MLAT enforcement, treaty rights and obligations in these areas, and general due diligence relating to offshore banking and trusts requirements.

Nadia also has a keen interest in Constitutional litigation and spearheads WeirFoulds’ pro bono human rights litigation initiative in the Caribbean which contemplates Constitutional challenges to current legislation offending fundamental rights in international law.

Nadia is called to the bar in Ontario, as well as St. Kitts and Nevis and BVI.

Acted in a constitutional challenge to the eligibility of the Leader of the Opposition in St. Kitts and Nevis to continue to hold his seat in government. The case involved the interpretation of a provision found in the Constitutions of most common law Caribbean countries, and resulted in the first reported decision on that question.

Litigated the discharge of extra-territorial freeze orders registered in the Eastern Caribbean pursuant to anti-money laundering legislation and advised on Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) enforcement, and treaty rights and obligations in these areas.

Represented the minority shareholder of a Nevis LLC with respect to a claim for relief from unfair prejudice in hard-fought litigation in Nevis and the Commercial Division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in BVI, and in contemporaneous related actions in Belize and the US.

Acted for the Israeli protector and UK-based trustee of a Nevis international trust in an action alleging misappropriation of trust funds, breach of fiduciary duty and professional misconduct. After successfully challenging several procedural applications by the claimant, and obtaining an order for security for costs, the action was recently dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Successfully defeated an application to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for permission to appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, bringing to an end almost twenty years of litigation before the courts in Canada and the Eastern Caribbean involving a dispute over valuable property in the Caribbean and clarifying the law on the registration and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Acted as counsel to a client in an Eastern Caribbean country charged under laws criminalizing private consensual sexual activity between adult men. After commencing an application challenging the constitutionality of the laws, the criminal charges were withdrawn.

Represented a government employee in an Eastern Caribbean country facing disciplinary charges arising out of a failure to accommodate her Constitutional right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion, and following various hearings, was instrumental in obtaining an accommodation for the employee from her employer.

Advised the majority shareholder of one of the largest privately held corporations in the Caribbean with respect to corporate governance issues arising from a government financial intervention.

Acted for a minority shareholder of a closely-held corporation in a claim in arbitration for oppression under the Ontario Business Corporations Act and wrongful dismissal.

Retained as counsel to a Canadian-based company in a claim against a Barbados corporation for breach of contract. Successfully revived the defendant company which had been improperly dissolved. The action is ongoing.

Defended the majority shareholder of a closely-held corporation against a claim for oppression under the Ontario Business Corporations Act.

Retained to defend an Ontario corporation and its directors in an oppression and breach of fiduciary duty claim by a minority shareholder.

Advised a group of homeowners who entered into partnership contracts (mortgages) to finance their homes that complied with Shariah law with respect to their rights when the mortgage provider went into receivership.

Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2011)
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • British Virgin Islands
Education
  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2010
  • Legal Education Certificate, Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad
  • Bach. of Journalism (Hons.), Ryerson University
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
Languages
  • French
  • Spanish (conversational)

Community Involvement

Alumni Mentor, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Osgoode Mentor Programme

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Choice of Law and Choice of Jurisdiction", WeirFoulds Beware of Boilerplate Seminar, May 2018
Panelist, "Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption", Jamaican Bar Association's Annual Weekend Conference, Jamaican Bar Association, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 16-19, 2017
Co-Presenter, "Practical Considerations for Lawyers Involved in or Managing Multi-Jurisdictional Litigation", Canadian Bar Association, April 18, 2017
Presenter, "Crisis Management: How to Utilize the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act", WeirFoulds, St. Michael, Barbados, March 17, 2017
Presenter, "Shareholder Disputes: A Practical Guide to the Proving of Damages", Jamaican Bar Association's Annual Weekend Conference, Jamaican Bar Association, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 18-20 November 2016
Speaker, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Workshop, St Michael, Barbados, 3 October 2016
Facilitator, Jamaica's Insolvency Act & Other Developments in Insolvency Law: 2016 Workshop, Jamaican Bar Association, Jamaica, 23 July 2016
Presenter, "When Corporate Governance Breaks Down - Putting Available Remedies into Practice" and "Recent Developments in Canadian Company Law", The Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel (ACCC) and WeirFoulds LLP: An Insolvency and Company Law Seminar for Corporate Counsel, Trinidad, 7-8 April 2016
Presenter, "Expedited Justice - How Modernizing Arbitration Legislation and Utilizing International Arbitrations Can Expedite the Resolution of Commercial Disputes in the Caribbean", University of the West Indies's 14th Annual Caribbean Commercial Law Workshop, Jamaica, 23-25 August 2015
Presenter, "Recent Developments in Canadian Company Law: What Caribbean Companies Need to Look Out For", 2nd Annual Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit 2014, Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, Miami, 6-7 November 2014Presenter, "A port in the storm: The availability of protection for minority shareholders in the Commonwealth Caribbean", Jamaican Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Jamaican Bar Association, Jamaica, 15-17 November 2013

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