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Global Guide

General Business Law — Jamaica


DunnCox - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This well-established firm continues to be a highly significant player in the Jamaican market. Comprising close to 30 lawyers, the team advises on a range of work, from bond issuances and corporate restructuring to project finance and high-value M&A. It is also noted for its expertise in the areas of real estate and litigation. In the latter field, the team represents a variety of domestic and international clients in contentious insolvency, intellectual property and construction cases. Sources appreciate that "they achieve a good result," and the team's considerable depth of experience continues to draw major clients from the financial services and hospitality sectors, among others.

Consultant John Vassell QC is a highly regarded litigator in Jamaica. Market commentators applaud his ability to combine "tenacity and desire to win" with a "calm, measured and reassuring" demeanour. Sources also describe him as a "fine advocate" who is "well prepared and thinks through all the issues." His practice covers all aspects of commercial dispute resolution, including commercial fraud, intellectual property and insurance cases. One source described him as "a choice representative for any commercial client."

Jerome Lee continues to hold an excellent reputation in the corporate and commercial arena. Market sources value his dynamic approach and depth of legal insight, while peers acknowledge that "he practises at a really high level." Recent highlights of his practice include advising on several debt securities issuances and major real estate sales.

Janice Causwell's clients benefit from her wide-reaching expertise in real estate and conveyancing. She has also advised on a number of privatisation and estate-planning mandates. Interviewees commend her experience, and note her frequent representation of clients in the hospitality sector.

Senior statesman Christopher Bovell has built a strong reputation in the jurisdiction off the back of his extensive knowledge and experience of corporate and finance matters, especially as they pertain to mining law. Sources continue to respect his practical approach.

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Hart Muirhead Fatta - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This large firm maintains its strong reputation in the market, being hailed by sources as "a warehouse for commercial legal talent." It handles a wide variety of mandates, representing major multinational and domestic clients from sectors including energy, construction, finance and tourism. The team has acted on cross-border M&A, privatisations and significant syndicated loans and project financings. The firm also possesses notable real estate and dispute resolution practices and peers acknowledge the "high-quality work" its lawyers produce.

Patrick McDonald is highly regarded in the jurisdiction for his exceptional corporate practice. His practice has a particular focus on capital markets matters, with additional expertise in M&A and corporate restructuring. Market commentators applaud his legal capabilities and "really creative approach" to matters. He is admitted to the Bar in both Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands and has also advised on major commercial litigation and corporate governance issues.

Mark Golding is regarded by market sources as a "superb lawyer," with one interviewee going as far as to say: "His depth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled." He advises on a range of banking and finance, M&A and capital markets work. Golding recently returned to private practice after several years as Jamaica's Minister of Justice and he remains a senator for the People's National Party.

"High-level" lawyer Janet Morrison is active on corporate restructurings, joint ventures and capital markets work. Her expertise also extends into significant regulatory matters, where her advice benefits from the substantial insights afforded by her role as a director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. She is "very well regarded in the commercial sphere."

Managing partner Donovan Walker continues to be well respected for his corporate and commercial practice, advising on matters concerning maritime and trade law alongside cross-border M&A and financing mandates. Clients appreciate that "he is very results-oriented," adding that "he takes the client's matter, makes it his own and drives it forward."

Consultant Hugh Hart remains a major asset to the firm, due to his vast experience in business-related law. He continues to advise several long-term clients on matters such as corporate restructuring, property development and tax issues.

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Myers, Fletcher & Gordon - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This team is especially praised in regard to dispute resolution, regularly representing clients in highly significant commercial litigation and arbitration cases. The firm is also noted for its commercial practice and has acted on multi-jurisdictional project finance mandates as well as high-value loan refinancings for international and domestic clients. Clients benefit from the firm's close relationship with its sister firm in London, and its deep bench attracts consistent praise from market sources, who describe its partners as "a group of very good commercial lawyers." Another source said: "The quality of the associates is very high, too." The team continues to attract clients from a range of sectors, including energy, telecoms, insurance and finance.

The highly experienced Sandra Minott-Phillips QC is a key partner in the firm's litigation department. She often acts for major clients before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Jamaica, and has particular expertise in banking and securities cases. Market sources praise the "high quality of her work, both in preparation and advocacy," and regard her as "very thorough and effective before the court."

Managing partner Peter Goldson has a wide-ranging commercial practice but is especially noted by sources for his expertise in finance and pensions law. He is also well regarded for his expertise in intellectual property, where he focuses on high-profile trade mark prosecutions for a number of household-name clients, including Nestlé and Johnson & Johnson.

Gina Phillipps Black is noted for her broad corporate and finance practice and was the lead partner advising National Commercial Bank Jamaica on its corporate restructuring. Her expertise also extends into regulatory tax and securities matters. She is the current chair of Tax Administration Jamaica.

Hilary Reid holds a strong reputation in the market for her work in M&A, securities, financing and insolvency. Interviewees highlight her as "a standout lawyer, who has a great breadth of knowledge and is very able with it." Highlights from her practice include advising ReadyTV on a variety of structuring and licensing issues prior to its launch in Jamaica in 2017.

Consultant Noel Levy continues to advise on a variety of corporate and finance work, with particular expertise in taxation, mining and construction law. Interviewees describe him as "a gem of a lawyer" and commend his "very inventive and solution-oriented" approach.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is highly regarded for commercial matters, with sources citing it as "very good at commercial law." The skilled team has strong experience in challenging transactions, including cross-border project financing, syndicated loans and high-value bond issuances. Peers in the market universally regard the firm as one of the strongest in the Jamaican market, stating: "We rate them highly." The firm also has a well-regarded disputes practice, which represents clients from sectors as varied as mining and telecoms in bankruptcy and other contentious proceedings.

Senior partner Trevor Patterson continues to be regarded as an outstanding business lawyer, with fellow practitioners describing him as "very, very good" and observing that "his reputation precedes him." His considerable expertise spans securities, insurance, tax and shipping, alongside a wealth of other disciplines. Market commentators highlight his particular expertise in banking and finance, citing him as "a standout in the finance field."

Arthur Hamilton has an excellent reputation in the market, advising on a range of corporate, capital markets and finance issues, including for clients in the real estate and construction fields. Market sources value his "very wide knowledge," in addition to the fact that "he is astonishingly prompt and has a co-operative approach to matters."

Lynda Mair is highly sought after for her abilities in real estate and conveyancing, where market sources value her "very able and client-friendly" approach, adding: "It's easy to do business with her." Her extensive practice also sees her advise on M&A and securities transactions.

Andrea Kinach typically advises on capital markets transactions, and remains sought after for her understanding of issues relating to the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. She regularly advises clients on IPOs and private placements.

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Livingston, Alexander & Levy - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Livingston, Alexander & Levy continues to be particularly admired for its "very strong" dispute resolution practice, regularly acting on significant real estate, intellectual property and insurance disputes. The team is additionally noted for its expertise in employment law and industrial relations and has also handled substantial domestic shareholder and contractual disputes. Market sources attest to the firm's impressive knowledge and experience, with interviewees stating that its team of "very good lawyers" is one that "maintains a good standard."

"Strong advocate" Allan Wood QC is highly regarded for disputes matters. Market sources hail the "quality, breadth and depth of his work." He frequently represents major clients in major insolvency, securities, property and employment cases. Widely acclaimed as a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, he is also the current chair of Jamaica's General Legal Council.

A new entrant to these rankings, Daniella Gentles-Silvera is noted as "a solid lawyer and a very good litigator." She is often engaged to assist clients with contract and company disputes, especially in the financial services and telecoms industries.

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Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co continues to be commended for its dispute resolution practice. A well-established firm, it holds expertise in a variety of contentious matters, including insolvency, intellectual property, real estate and insurance disputes. Clients approve of the team's "good performance" in court, and sources also acknowledge that "they have a long record of very successful client relationships," especially within the insurance sector.

Senior partner Patrick Foster QC is hailed as "a fine practitioner" in the commercial litigation space. He possesses experience in a number of significant property, tax and constitutional disputes and is also known for his expertise in employment and labour law. Peers consider him to be "one of our foremost practitioners in relation to industrial disputes and tribunals."

Head of the firm's litigation department, Maurice Manning continues to impress sources as both "a very dependable and capable advocate" and an "excellent lawyer." He typically represents clients in significant insurance litigation, including personal injury claims, but also has expertise in intellectual property and high-value contractual disputes.

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Senior Statesmen

Christopher D R Bovell

DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior statesman Christopher Bovell has built a strong reputation in the jurisdiction off the back of his extensive knowledge and experience of corporate and finance matters, especially as they pertain to mining law. Sources continue to respect his practical approach.

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Senior Statesmen

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Consultant Hugh Hart remains a major asset to the firm, due to his vast experience in business-related law. He continues to advise several long-term clients on matters such as corporate restructuring, property development and tax issues.

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Senior Statesmen

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Consultant Noel Levy continues to advise on a variety of corporate and finance work, with particular expertise in taxation, mining and construction law. Interviewees describe him as "a gem of a lawyer" and commend his "very inventive and solution-oriented" approach.

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Star Individuals

Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner Trevor Patterson continues to be regarded as an outstanding business lawyer, with fellow practitioners describing him as "very, very good" and observing that "his reputation precedes him." His considerable expertise spans securities, insurance, tax and shipping, alongside a wealth of other disciplines. Market commentators highlight his particular expertise in banking and finance, citing him as "a standout in the finance field."

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Band 1

Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Arthur Hamilton has an excellent reputation in the market, advising on a range of corporate, capital markets and finance issues, including for clients in the real estate and construction fields. Market sources value his "very wide knowledge," in addition to the fact that "he is astonishingly prompt and has a co-operative approach to matters."

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Hylton & Hylton Attorneys-at-Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Lance Hylton of Hylton & Hylton Attorneys-at-Law is especially highly regarded for his handling of high-value M&A and joint venture matters. He has advised on substantial takeover bids as well as cross-border financing transactions for clients from sectors such as hospitality, tourism and insurance. Market sources are impressed by his legal knowledge and innovative approach, with one explaining: "He's really creative. With a lot of commercial problems you need creative solutions and he's very good at devising those."

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DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Jerome Lee continues to hold an excellent reputation in the corporate and commercial arena. Market sources value his dynamic approach and depth of legal insight, while peers acknowledge that "he practises at a really high level." Recent highlights of his practice include advising on several debt securities issuances and major real estate sales.

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N Patrick McDonald

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick McDonald is highly regarded in the jurisdiction for his exceptional corporate practice. His practice has a particular focus on capital markets matters, with additional expertise in M&A and corporate restructuring. Market commentators applaud his legal capabilities and "really creative approach" to matters. He is admitted to the Bar in both Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands and has also advised on major commercial litigation and corporate governance issues.

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Band 2

Clinton Hart & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Ayoub of Clinton Hart & Co possesses excellent corporate and commercial expertise, most notably in relation to the energy sector. Market sources regard him as "an incredible talent" and value the quality of his work, with one stating: "His advice is brilliant, I feel very confident with him." His recent experience includes advising on major project financing and renewable energy mandates.

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Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Golding is regarded by market sources as a "superb lawyer," with one interviewee going as far as to say: "His depth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled." He advises on a range of banking and finance, M&A and capital markets work. Golding recently returned to private practice after several years as Jamaica's Minister of Justice and he remains a senator for the People's National Party.

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Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Peter Goldson has a wide-ranging commercial practice but is especially noted by sources for his expertise in finance and pensions law. He is also well regarded for his expertise in intellectual property, where he focuses on high-profile trade mark prosecutions for a number of household-name clients, including Nestlé and Johnson & Johnson.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Lynda Mair is highly sought after for her abilities in real estate and conveyancing, where market sources value her "very able and client-friendly" approach, adding: "It's easy to do business with her." Her extensive practice also sees her advise on M&A and securities transactions.

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Band 3

DunnCox

From the Chambers Global guide

Janice Causwell's clients benefit from her wide-reaching expertise in real estate and conveyancing. She has also advised on a number of privatisation and estate-planning mandates. Interviewees commend her experience, and note her frequent representation of clients in the hospitality sector.

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Patterson Mair Hamilton

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Kinach typically advises on capital markets transactions, and remains sought after for her understanding of issues relating to the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. She regularly advises clients on IPOs and private placements.

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Band 3

Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

"High-level" lawyer Janet Morrison is active on corporate restructurings, joint ventures and capital markets work. Her expertise also extends into significant regulatory matters, where her advice benefits from the substantial insights afforded by her role as a director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. She is "very well regarded in the commercial sphere."

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Band 3

Gina Phillipps Black

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Gina Phillipps Black is noted for her broad corporate and finance practice and was the lead partner advising National Commercial Bank Jamaica on its corporate restructuring. Her expertise also extends into regulatory tax and securities matters. She is the current chair of Tax Administration Jamaica.

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Band 3

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon

From the Chambers Global guide

Hilary Reid holds a strong reputation in the market for her work in M&A, securities, financing and insolvency. Interviewees highlight her as "a standout lawyer, who has a great breadth of knowledge and is very able with it." Highlights from her practice include advising ReadyTV on a variety of structuring and licensing issues prior to its launch in Jamaica in 2017.

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Samuda & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Milton Samuda is managing partner of Samuda & Johnson and draws high praise from the market. Sources say that "his depth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled." He advises on M&A and major project and construction financings, representing distinguished clients from such sectors as mining and hospitality.

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Hart Muirhead Fatta

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Donovan Walker continues to be well respected for his corporate and commercial practice, advising on matters concerning maritime and trade law alongside cross-border M&A and financing mandates. Clients appreciate that "he is very results-oriented," adding that "he takes the client's matter, makes it his own and drives it forward."

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