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Nadia Chiesa

Nadia Chiesa
Nadia Chiesa

(Not admitted in Turks and Caicos Islands)

Nadia is an experienced advocate who specializes in complex commercial litigation and multi-jurisdictional disputes across the Caribbean.


Nadia acts for clients on disputes involving shareholder rights and director’s duties, urgent injunctive relief, the registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and offshore trusts and estates matters. She also assists clients with anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance issues, including 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.


She has appeared as lead counsel before the Caribbean Court of Justice, and frequently represents clients at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, as well as all levels of court in Ontario.


With a keen interest in Constitutional litigation, Nadia has successfully acted in precedent-setting challenges to the anti-LGBT laws in St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda.


Prior to joining the firm, Nadia was a partner at a Bay Street law firm in Toronto, Canada.


Select Engagements
  • Lead counsel on a successful appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice regarding standing to bring an action for the appointment of an inspector to investigate the affairs of the respondent company under s 110(1)(b) of Belize’s Companies Act Cap 250.


  • Successfully argued the Constitutional challenge to the criminal “buggery” laws in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Court struck down these anti-LGBT laws because they contravened Constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and personal privacy.


  • Represented claimants in striking out Antigua and Barbuda’s laws which criminalize consensual, private, same-sex intimacy between adults as unconstitutional. With this landmark decision, Antigua and Barbuda became the first country in the Eastern Caribbean to rule these “buggery and serious indecency laws” to be unconstitutional.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Ontario, Canada
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Belize
  • St. Christopher and Nevis

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours), Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD

Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad, LEC

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