Chilwin Cheng


Chilwin is working to transform the legal industry and those served by it. He’s a skillful business litigator with deep experience in corporate and commercial litigation. He likes to get things done with great care and attention to detail and is meticulous when it comes to organization, gathering data, and assessing carefully all options for his clients before committing to the end result.

He’s a leader in his field, having been 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 the interests of clients in all forms of business litigation, including disputes involving:

  • shareholder disputes, including dissents, proxy fights, corporate derivative actions, and private shareholder disputes
  • claims against directors and officers
  • commercial contract disputes
  • commercial liability claims

Some of Chilwin's professional highlights include:

  • Defending a major TSXV mining issuer in a major environmental prosecution
  • 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
  • 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 an industry thought leader in the adoption and implementation of technology and business systems in legal practice.  He frequently teaches in the area of business automation, artificial intelligence, and work flow design to other lawyers. By combining his experience in law, management, technology, and operations, he has created innovative business solutions to legal problems that affect businesses.

Chilwin was awarded his B.A. (Honours) from Simon Fraser University in 1994, and earned his LL.B. at University of Toronto in 1997. He was called to the Bar in 1998. He went on to study 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 considerate partner to his wife. He aspires to be a decent amateur mobile photographer, boxer, and martial artist.