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Global Guide

General Business Law — Trinidad & Tobago


Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Recommended by clients as a "stellar law firm," this practice is a leader in commercial and corporate law. It is highlighted especially for its prowess in financing agreements and syndicated loan deals. The team also benefits from strong links across the region, with one impressed client enthusing: "They performed very well, and we were confident in their advice and their judgement, not just with regard to Trinidad & Tobago, but as to other Caribbean jurisdictions too." International banks, financial institutions, and private and publicly owned entities in the energy sector are among its clients.

Managing partner Kurt Miller has an expertise in finance and corporate law. Sources commend him as "a very steady hand, with excellent judgement and deep and broad experience."

Mark Morgan is noted for his tax and litigation practice. Commentators recommend him as "very good, knowledgeable and strategic."

Energy specialist Jon Paul Mouttet has experience advising on big-ticket, cross-border investments. Peers recognise him as "a sound, very smart lawyer, coming up in the profession."

Since publication, Daniel Fitzwilliam has sadly passed away.

Department profile by Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

Type of Work Handled

The Firm is a full service commercial firm with expert capabilities in all major commercial areas of practice and is broadly organized into five practice areas: Commercial, Real Estate and Land Development, Advocacy and Litigation, Intellectual Property and Estates and Trusts. 

The Commercial Department is broken up into various sub-departments: Banking & Finance; Energy & Foreign Direct Investment; Commercial/Corporate; Tax; Employment & Labour and Admiralty & Maritime.

Further information on our departments and practice areas can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.fitzwilliamstone.com/practice-areas.html

Categories of Clients

The Firm has a large client base which includes numerous international corporations and financial institutions, as well as domestic clientele across multiple sectors.

Recent work highlights

Historical and recent work highlights can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.fitzwilliamstone.com/transactions.html

Specializations

Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Finance, Energy and Foreign Direct Investment, Tax



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M. Hamel-Smith & Co. - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This firm remains a dominant force in the jurisdiction and benefits from a deep bench that enables it to provide a full service. Clients report they are thoroughly impressed with the team and "the resources that they put at your disposal." It has significant experience advising on tax, project finance and acquisitions for users in the financial services and oil and gas industries. Clients include Phoenix Park Gas Processors and JBIC. It is also recommended strongly for matters relating to employment, and possesses a notable litigation and arbitration capacity.

Christopher Hamel-Smith SC is renowned as an arbitrator and litigator and has been involved in high-profile, cross-border advocacy. Clients value his clear-sightedness in cases, one enthusing: "I refer to him as the Zen master, he's one of the most brilliant negotiators and mediators that I've come across."

Corporate and finance attorney Timothy Hamel-Smith has advised on novel financing structurings for clients in both the financial and energy sectors. He also maintains expertise in securities issues, including regulation.

Managing partner Nicole Ferreira-Aaron has a finance and banking focus, and is also experienced in M&A. Clients describe her as "very strong, very well considered, and well researched."

Jonathan Walker heads the dispute resolution team, and draws praise for "his general strategic acumen in dealing with matters and his ability to understand and dissect agreements."

Gregory Pantin is known for his strength as a litigator, and is known for handling employment-related mandates. He has experience advising clients in the natural resources and construction sectors on matters including tax and shareholder agreements.

Grantley Wiltshire is a specialist in the energy sector, particularly involving the domestic oil and gas industry. Clients include gas and oil E&P companies.

Glenn Hamel-Smith has expertise in complex banking and financial law, acting on financing and transactions for major regional banks. One interviewee reported: "No matter how tense we get, or pressed for time, he has an even perspective, doesn't get very riled up and is measured in his responses." He acted for Trinidad & Tobago NGL on its IPO of 75.85 million shares.

Myrna Robinson-Walters is a well-respected tax attorney whose depth of knowledge is highly valued in the jurisdiction. One impressed client hailed her as "a fount of knowledge, and that comes with the experience she's had."

Since publication, Myrna A Robinson-Walters has retired from this practice.

Department profile by M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

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JD Sellier & Co - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This local firm is a key player in the market for its impressive IP offering, as well as dominance in conveyancing and real estate, particularly in the private residential sector. The team also regularly advises on aspects of corporate law such as cross-border M&A. Clients include major international and domestic banks, as well as entities in the oil and gas sector. The firm also benefits from experience in international arbitration matters.

Dennis Gurley SC has significant experience as an arbitrator on high-value disputes in the energy sector. He frequently takes instruction from international law firms and clients.

Partner William David Clarke has particular expertise in banking and finance law, and has experience handling significant bond issuances. Sources attest to his effectiveness and professionalism.

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MG Daly & Partners - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This compact firm maintains a good reputation among peers, and has advised on big-ticket mergers and acquisitions that are economically significant to the region. Its lawyers are also very active in international disputes, with one key case arising from the insolvency of a financial institution.

Well-renowned practitioner Martin Daly SC is respected for his talents as a litigator and advocate, in the commercial, corporate and civil arenas. His practice combines commercial and public work. Market commentators hail him as "a very impressive man, very charming, with lots of charisma and presence - and he's a good lawyer."

Jo-Anne Julien is described as an "extremely strong attorney; I rate her high in terms of responsiveness and she's strong in a lot of areas." Peers attest to her strength in transactions, while she also maintains experience in M&A and finance law.

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Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This long-established firm is particularly highlighted by market observers for its strengths in arbitration, often acting on cross-border matters. Matters with international visibility include a dispute concerning alleged defects in a construction project, and advising on the local aspects of an investment dispute spanning at least five offshore locations. The team has also acted on restructuring and transactional mandates, with one client asserting: "They try and facilitate a transaction - they're the sort of lawyers you can sit down with and talk through the issues." The firm's strong conveyancing offering is also pinpointed by sources. Its global credentials are bolstered by its membership of the TerraLex legal network.

Mark Laquis is recognised for his strong visibility and experience in the local business community. He maintains a respected real estate and conveyancing practice too.

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Johnson, Camacho & Singh - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This firm is recognised for its activity in the corporate and commercial spheres. It has frequently advised on big-ticket M&A and takeovers in the oil and gas sector. The team is also well placed to provide advice on employment matters, and is noted for its competency in litigation. Clients include major regional banks, as well as entities in the energy sector.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Cecil Camacho is a well-known name across the market, particularly for his expertise in financing. He has also advised on M&A for significant energy sector entities.

Stephen Singh is pinpointed as a "strong litigator." He frequently acts on cross-border mandates and retains fruitful links with international lawyers.

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Lex Caribbean - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This pan-Caribbean firm operates offices across the region, including in Jamaica and Barbados, and offers a full service to its clients on a regional-wide basis. The team has significant experience advising on M&A for clients in a broad range of sectors, including medical services, food and beverages, and construction project management. It has also acted on mandates from the oil and gas sector, and on financing and litigation matters.

Courteney Braemar Williams has expertise in commercial law, and market sources attest to his quality offering. He also has experience advising clients in the power and energy sector.

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Senior Statesmen

Myrna A Robinson-Walters

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Myrna Robinson-Walters  is a well-respected tax attorney whose depth of knowledge is highly valued in the jurisdiction. One impressed client hailed her as "a fount of knowledge, and that comes with the experience she's had."

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Band 1

Johnson, Camacho & Singh

From the Chambers Global guide

The "extremely knowledgeable" Cecil Camacho is a well-known name across the market, particularly for his expertise in financing. He has also advised on M&A for significant energy sector entities.

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Band 1

MG Daly & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Well-renowned practitioner Martin Daly SC is respected for his talents as a litigator and advocate, in the commercial, corporate and civil arenas. His practice combines commercial and public work. Market commentators hail him as "a very impressive man, very charming, with lots of charisma and presence - and he's a good lawyer."

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Christopher Hamel-Smith SC

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Hamel-Smith SC is renowned as an arbitrator and litigator and has been involved in high-profile, cross-border advocacy. Clients value his clear-sightedness in cases, one enthusing: "I refer to him as the Zen master, he's one of the most brilliant negotiators and mediators that I've come across."

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Band 1

Timothy Hamel-Smith

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Corporate and finance attorney Timothy Hamel-Smith has advised on novel financing structurings for clients in both the financial and energy sectors. He also maintains expertise in securities issues, including regulation.

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Band 1

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Kurt Miller has an expertise in finance and corporate law. Sources commend him as "a very steady hand, with excellent judgement and deep and broad experience."

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Band 2

William David Clarke

JD Sellier & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner William David Clarke has particular expertise in banking and finance law, and has experience handling significant bond issuances. Sources attest to his effectiveness and professionalism.

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Band 2

Nicole Ferreira-Aaron

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Nicole Ferreira-Aaron has a finance and banking focus, and is also experienced in M&A. Clients describe her as "very strong, very well considered, and well researched."

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Band 2

JD Sellier & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Dennis Gurley SC has significant experience as an arbitrator on high-value disputes in the energy sector. He frequently takes instruction from international law firms and clients.

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Band 2

MG Daly & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Jo-Anne Julien is described as an "extremely strong attorney; I rate her high in terms of responsiveness and she's strong in a lot of areas." Peers attest to her strength in transactions, while she also maintains experience in M&A and finance law.

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Band 2

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Morgan is noted for his tax and litigation practice. Commentators recommend him as "very good, knowledgeable and strategic."

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Band 2

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Walker heads the dispute resolution team, and draws praise for "his general strategic acumen in dealing with matters and his ability to understand and dissect agreements."

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Band 3

Byrne & Byrne

From the Chambers Global guide

Adrian Byrne of Byrne & Byrne is acknowledged as "a very sound lawyer" by market observers. He is known for his strength on transactions, and also has experience in complex arbitration.

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Band 3

M Glenn Hamel-Smith

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Glenn Hamel-Smith has expertise in complex banking and financial law, acting on financing and transactions for major regional banks. One interviewee reported: "No matter how tense we get, or pressed for time, he has an even perspective, doesn't get very riled up and is measured in his responses." He acted for Trinidad & Tobago NGL on its IPO of 75.85 million shares.

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Band 3

Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Laquis is recognised for his strong visibility and experience in the local business community. He maintains a respected real estate and conveyancing practice too.

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Band 3

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

Energy specialist Jon Paul Mouttet has experience advising on big-ticket, cross-border investments. Peers recognise him as "a sound, very smart lawyer, coming up in the profession."

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Band 3

Nunez & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Marjorie Nunez moved to Nunez & Co after leaving Lex Caribbean. She is known for her commercial practice, and has advised on financing, banking and M&A.

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Band 3

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Gregory Pantin is known for his strength as a litigator, and is known for handling employment-related mandates. He has experience advising clients in the natural resources and construction sectors on matters including tax and shareholder agreements.

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Band 3

Johnson, Camacho & Singh

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Singh is pinpointed as a "strong litigator." He frequently acts on cross-border mandates and retains fruitful links with international lawyers.

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Band 3

Courteney Braemar Williams

Lex Caribbean

From the Chambers Global guide

Courteney Braemar Williams has expertise in commercial law, and market sources attest to his quality offering. He also has experience advising clients in the power and energy sector.

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Band 3

Grantley L Wiltshire

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Grantley Wiltshire is a specialist in the energy sector, particularly involving the domestic oil and gas industry. Clients include gas and oil E&P companies.

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