Laésha maintains a dispute resolution practice with a focus on civil and administrative litigation as well as criminal and regulatory investigations.
She joins us from the British Columbia Securities Commission where she worked as Senior Compliance Officer in the Corporate Finance Division and as Litigation Counsel in the Enforcement Division.
Prior to the Commission, Laésha practised for 10 years at international law firms in New York and London. In New York, she represented banks and foreign and domestic corporations in connection with US regulatory and criminal investigations concerning securities, commodities, and insider trading offenses, as well as violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In London, Laésha specialised in contentious regulatory work and acted for financial institutions in high profile, complex regulatory investigations, both domestically and cross-border across a very broad range of regulatory issues, including market abuse, insider dealing, anti-bribery and corruption, mis-selling, fraud, regulatory reporting and other types of systems and controls failings. She also represented senior individuals in regulatory investigations.
- BCL/LL.B, McGill University (2005)
- BA (Hons), Queen’s University (2002)
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Advocates’ Society
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Canadian Bar Association of Black Lawyers
- British Columbia, 2017
- New York, 2006
Ken McEwan, Q.C, Laesha Smith and Kelly Ann Maw successfully opposed an application for a mandatory injunction and obtained costs
On July 30, 2019 Ken McEwan, Q.C, Laesha Smith and Kelly Ann Maw successfully opposed an application for a mandatory injunction and obtained costs of the application payable forthwith... Read more