Craig Chiasson is a partner in the international arbitration group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, based in the Vancouver office. Between January 2006 and November 2011, he practised in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris. Craig obtained his LLB from the University of Alberta in 2001, was called to the British Columbia Bar in May 2002 and qualified as a solicitor for England and Wales in May 2011. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Craig obtained bachelor’s degrees in arts and education and was a teacher.
Craig’s arbitration practice focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, including as counsel and arbitrator. He has also acted as a tribunal secretary. Craig’s arbitration experience includes cases seated in Europe, North America and Asia, governed by the substantive laws of jurisdictions, including the United Arab Emirates, England, France, Portugal, Finland, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Albania, Turkey, Canada and the United States, and cases involving states including Turkey, South Africa, Georgia, Argentina and Canada. His industry experience includes mining, pharmaceuticals, software, telecommunications generally (and satellites specifically), joint ventures and shareholder issues, marine (equipment and shipbuilding), power generation (hydro-electric and nuclear), and oil and gas.
Craig has been recognised by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016 and 2017; in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration); as a leading litigator in the 2014 to 2016 editions of the Lexpert Report on Business Litigation Special Edition; in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a ‘Local Litigation Star: British Columbia’ and a ‘Litigation Star: Arbitration’, and a ‘Future Star in British Columbia’ for 2014 and 2015; in the 2015 to 2017 editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (International Commercial Arbitration); in the 2013 to 2016 editions of Expert Guides as a ‘Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration’; and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review rating.