Craig Chiasson re-joins Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as Counsel

Vancouver (November 2, 2011) – Craig Chiasson has joined the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's growing International Trade and Arbitration Group. Originally from Vancouver, Chiasson has over a decade of complex commercial and investment treaty dispute resolution experience, including nearly six years practising international arbitration in the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's formidable international arbitration group.

"Craig will be a key addition to our international arbitration team,” said Gerry Ghikas, QC, national leader of BLG's International Trade and Arbitration Group.  "We are thrilled that he has decided to join us.  We are seeing significant growth in our investment treaty practice that began with our strategic acquisition several years ago of Thomas & Partners in 2008. Our international arbitration counsel practice has always been solid, but we are now seeing a significant increase in demand. We look forward to adding to our team Craig's substantial experience in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations." 

Chiasson joins an impressive team of Canadian international arbitration practitioners at BLG. Ghikas has developed an extensive international commercial arbitration practice, while Cameron Mowatt’s treaty practice has gone from strength to strength. With the inclusion of Chiasson in BLG’s national team alongside rising stars Robert Deane (North American representative for the LCIA's YIAG), Angus Gunn, Mandy Moore, and many others across the Firm, BLG is positioned to be, not only Canada’s largest law firm but, Canada’s largest and most successful international arbitration practice.

"I am excited to be back in Vancouver and to be able to work with such a highly regarded group," said Chiasson. "I see huge potential for growth in trade and arbitration counsel work, and I look forward to using my experience to benefit BLG’s clients."

Chiasson has represented clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations relating to the energy, mining, telecommunications and shipping sectors, among others, and on both sides of the investment disputes table, for investors and States.  He has appeared as counsel in ICC, ICSID and ad hoc proceedings, in addition to others.

Chiasson began his career at BLG in 2001 as a trainee, and then an associate before moving to Freshfields in January 2006.  He is a member of ICC Canada (the Canadian Arbitration Committee of the ICC Court of International Arbitration), and the Law Society of British Columbia, and became a qualified solicitor in England and Wales in 2010.

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