Chilwin Cheng


As a former Chief Counsel of the regulator of Canada's public equities markets and trading systems, a prosecutor with the BC securities commission, and a former Crown Counsel, Chilwin protects and advances clients' interests in all forms of business litigation.

He's a skillful business litigator with leading experience in complex administrative and regulatory legal issues, white-collar criminal defence, and complicated multi-party, multi-stage business litigation.

Some of Chilwin's professional highlights include:

  • Defending a major TSXV mining issuer in a major environmental prosecution
  • Advancing the interests of a major health profession in an appeal engaging the constitutional rights of freedom of expression
  • Defeating attempts by the Canada Revenue Agency to jail a prominent real estate developer for tax fraud
  • Convincing a real estate regulator to drop its investigation of a successful real estate agent based on unfounded, but highly publicized, allegations of wrongdoing
  • Defending a major B.C. forestry company in a criminal prosecution involving forestry practices
  • Pursuing a rare review of a regulatory body's decision denying a license to an applicant in the commercial sector
  • Representing a client in multiple complex concurrent proceedings, each involving significant commercial real estate parcels, involving complex commercial issues
  • Resolving a dispute for one side of a family in a decades-running complex dispute with the other side of the family involving family assets, including numerous commercial real estate holdings and operating businesses
  • Counsel, with monitor and trustee, in major CCAA and commercial proposal proceedings, Plans of Arrangement, and corporate rectifications in the listing of public companies
  • Defending a securities solicitor in investigative proceedings and civil action.
  • Defending manufacturing company in 7 other individual defendants in an alleged conspiracy to compete unfairly against a major national retailer;
  • Helping to protect a lumber company from a multi-million claim over logging equipment and lost business
  • Helping to defend a pulp and paper company in a multi-million dollar claim over log transport contracts

Chilwin is a thought leader in law practice innovation and is a pioneer in adapting proven quantitative-modelling approaches to litigation assessment and management to forecast outcomes with high confidence and develop practical solutions that can avoid unnecessary litigation and resources. In 2021, Chilwin was appointed Chair of CBABC's Business Practice & Innovation Committee.

By combining his experience in law, management, technology, and operations, Chilwin has created innovative business solutions to legal problems that affect businesses. He likes to get things done with great care and attention to detail. He is meticulous when it comes to organization, gathering data, and assessing all options for his clients carefully before committing to a result.

Chilwin was awarded his B.A. (Honours) from Simon Fraser University in 1994 and earned his LL.B. at the University of Toronto in 1997. He was called to the Bar in 1998. He went on to complete his M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University in 2005 (Award for Top Graduate).

Chilwin spends most of his non-legal time with his family, enjoying being the "best dad ever" in his kids' eyes and being a caring partner to his wife. As a registered athlete with Boxing BC, he spends his relaxation time training and preparing for his upcoming fight.