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General Business Law — Trinidad & Tobago


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

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

A "standout firm" in Trinidad & Tobago, this powerhouse provides clients with the full spectrum of business-related legal services and has particular expertise in corporate/M&A, finance and dispute resolution work. It acts for clients from several sectors, most notably oil and gas and banking. It also has a significant tax practice, with clients in this area enthusing that "they are absolutely excellent." The firm benefits from a deep bench of seasoned partners who are praised by market sources as "responsive, timely and very good value for money." Highlights include successfully representing the claimant Goede family in a multi-party dispute against the Colonial Life Insurance Company.

Litigator Mark Morgan is applauded by clients for the way he is "able to grasp business issues in order to create the best argument." His extensive experience covers energy, tax and financial services disputes. He has also represented major clients in insolvency cases, contentious estates matters and contractual disputes. Sources appreciate that "he's very sharp, able to bring up points we haven't thought of," as well as the fact that he is "technically sound and very knowledgeable."

Managing partner Kurt Miller has a well-regarded banking and finance practice, advising clients on project finance, securitisations and bond issuances, among other matters. He is especially noted for his comprehensive legal knowledge, leading one commentator to praise him as "a lawyer's lawyer."

"Smart younger lawyer" Jon Paul Mouttet has a growing commercial practice with an emphasis on the energy and natural resources sector. Clients value his strong interpersonal skills and client-focused approach. Sources also highlight that he "always meets his deadlines" and is "very responsive, extremely easy to talk to and highly organised."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

"One of the premier law firms in Trinidad & Tobago," this full-service practice continues to operate at the forefront of the market. It maintains a strong reputation in both dispute resolution and finance, receiving particular acclaim for its aviation finance expertise. Market sources value the team's proactive approach, with one client stating: "They are very responsive and the advice is always on-point." Clients also appreciate that "they give concrete advice we can stand by." Additionally, the firm has a strong track record acting for oil and gas companies. Highlights in this field include advising Perenco on its acquisition of Repsol E&P. Other major clients include Atlas Methanol, CEMEX and the Bristow Group.

"Top-rated lawyer" Timothy Hamel-Smith has experience advising on a variety of high-value commercial transactions, including acquisitions, project finance and securitisation mandates for financial institutions and clients in the oil and gas industry. He is highly regarded for his extensive experience and "excellent outside-the-box thinking."

Managing partner Nicole Ferreira-Aaron specialises in corporate finance, with particular expertise in aviation finance. She is experienced in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border work, and sources describe her as "very knowledgeable and prompt, and she understands the specific dynamics of cross-border finance."

Head of dispute resolution Jonathan Walker maintains a broad-ranging practice encompassing litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is particularly well known for his work in the area of construction disputes, and receives praise for his understanding of the issues involved in contractual and intellectual property cases. Clients praise him as "very knowledgeable in his field," noting that "he always provides a good perspective on local and international matters."

"Excellent attorney" Angelique Bart is best known for her expertise in contentious and non-contentious tax, where her work includes advising on a major tax dispute for a well-known oil and gas client. Effusive sources state that "she is passionate and zealous in the representation of her clients and acts with a good sense of urgency to get resolutions quickly." Clients also appreciate her "technical precision" and high-level insight into procedural issues.

Glenn Hamel-Smith is in high demand for banking and finance and capital markets matters. He regularly acts as counsel to major financial institutions in connection with secured note issuances, syndicated loans and high-value refinancing transactions.

Gregory Pantin has particular expertise in employment and shipping disputes and also has experience assisting with tax-related cases. Market sources attest to the good quality of his work.

Renowned attorney Christopher Hamel-Smith SC is well respected in the market for his extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of dispute resolution. He has experience in litigation and arbitration and has most recently concentrated his practice on high-level mediation matters. He also advises on significant intellectual property cases, as well as telecoms and oil and gas disputes.

About the Team (content provided by M. Hamel-Smith & Co.)

Hamel-Smith is widely-recognised as a pioneer in Trinidad and Tobago’s business community and the legal profession. As a member of Lex Mundi, Hamel-Smith works with member firms and other global law firms to provide innovative legal solutions to some of the world's largest corporations in dispute resolution, as well as cross-border and domestic transactions. Our legal team has extensive experience representing clients of varied industry sectors in an array of commercial transactions including business structuring, incorporation and on-going compliance, acquisitions, tax structuring, project structuring and financing, capital markets and securities structuring.
Our Dispute & Risk Management team is known for taking a practical approach to matters, and boasts strategic thinkers who work closely with clients to develop and implement strategies to avoid, manage and resolve disputes cost-effectively. The firm also has a highly valued labour and employment law practice, and offers a coordinated intellectual property service for the regional registration and maintenance of trademarks and patents.

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JD Sellier & Co - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

JD Sellier & Co remains prominent in Trinidad & Tobago and is particularly renowned for its high-quality real estate and conveyancing practice. It is additionally a respected choice for dispute resolution, most notably in relation to intellectual property and shipping cases. On the corporate side the firm has experience advising on a variety of transactions, including takeovers and leveraged buyouts. Current clients include major domestic players in the financial services sector as well as entities from the oil and gas industry.

Managing partner Dennis Gurley SC holds significant experience in a variety of dispute resolution specialisms, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Market commentators attest to his good reputation, with one peer affirming: "I have a lot of time and respect for him."

Senior partner William David Clarke is praised by market sources as a "very bright lawyer." A highly experienced attorney, his broad practice covers the full gamut of issues relating to banking and finance, corporate/M&A and capital markets. He also receives praise for his responsiveness.

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MG Daly & Partners - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

MG Daly & Partners maintains a strong standing in the market. It advises clients on a range of matters, with broad expertise in corporate, real estate, public law and labour, as well as commercial litigation. It has acted for a range of high-profile clients, including financial institutions and oil companies.

"Excellent litigator" Martin Daly SC is highly regarded for his wide-ranging expertise, encompassing all aspects of commercial disputes. Market commentators respect his extensive knowledge and experience, with one source stating that "if I had a really complex commercial matter my first port of call would be Martin."

Jo-Anne Julien has a strong commercial practice and is described as "a very respected member of the profession." She is best known for her work in conveyancing and finance, where sources cite her as "outstanding and distinguished in what she does." Market commentators go on to note that "she's extremely well liked by her clients and able to understand what they wish to achieve."

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Well established in Trinidad & Tobago, this firm is especially noted for the strength and scope of its dispute resolution practice. The team also elicits praise for its expertise in real estate and property law, and of late has undertaken a number of notable restructuring and aviation finance mandates. Current clients include significant domestic insurance companies, public utilities and major regional banks.

Managing partner Mark Laquis is well respected for his real estate and conveyancing practice. His expertise also extends into M&A and tax. Peers regard him as a business-minded and responsive lawyer they are pleased to see on the other side of a transaction.

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Hobsons Attorneys At Law - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

San Fernando-based Hobsons is well regarded by market commentators and especially recognised for its strong real estate practice. Sources describe the team as "really good commercial conveyancing lawyers." The team also has notable expertise in banking and finance and is frequently active on transactions and regulatory mandates in the oil and gas sector. Romney Thomas and Barendra Sinanan are the main contacts.

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Johnson, Camacho & Singh - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm continues to be well regarded in the jurisdiction. The experienced team represents major clients from sectors such as energy and banking in syndicated loans, securities issuances and high-value acquisitions. The firm also possesses a strong disputes practice which has acted in noteworthy employment and contract disputes.

"Pragmatic lawyer" Cecil Camacho is a highly regarded presence in the market with notable expertise in M&A, capital markets and project finance. Interviewees appreciate that "he is solution-oriented," and "really understands the commercial issues and clients' needs."

Managing partner Stephen Singh continues to be highlighted as a sound choice for dispute resolution matters. His broad expertise encompasses banking, labour and tax disputes. He also practises as an arbitrator.

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Lex Caribbean - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This regional firm maintains a robust presence in Trinidad & Tobago, bolstered by the capabilities of its offices in Barbados and Jamaica. The team is noted for its regular handling of cross-border transactions and regulatory work. The team has experience advising clients from the oil and gas sector in significant corporate restructuring and M&A mandates. Key contacts include Bernard Shepherd and Bronock Reid.

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Senior Statesperson

Christopher Hamel-Smith SC

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Renowned attorney Christopher Hamel-Smith SC is well respected in the market for his extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of dispute resolution. He has experience in litigation and arbitration and has most recently concentrated his practice on high-level mediation matters. He also advises on significant intellectual property cases, as well as telecoms and oil and gas disputes.

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Band 1

Johnson, Camacho & Singh

From the Chambers Global guide

"Pragmatic lawyer" Cecil Camacho is a highly regarded presence in the market with notable expertise in M&A, capital markets and project finance. Interviewees appreciate that "he is solution-oriented," and "really understands the commercial issues and clients' needs."

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Band 1

MG Daly & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

"Excellent litigator" Martin Daly SC is highly regarded for his wide-ranging expertise, encompassing all aspects of commercial disputes. Market commentators respect his extensive knowledge and experience, with one source stating that "if I had a really complex commercial matter my first port of call would be Martin."

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Band 1

Timothy Hamel-Smith

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

"Top-rated lawyer" Timothy Hamel-Smith has experience advising on a variety of high-value commercial transactions, including acquisitions, project finance and securitisation mandates for financial institutions and clients in the oil and gas industry. He is highly regarded for his extensive experience and "excellent outside-the-box thinking."

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Band 1

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Kurt Miller has a well-regarded banking and finance practice, advising clients on project finance, securitisations and bond issuances, among other matters. He is especially noted for his comprehensive legal knowledge, leading one commentator to praise him as "a lawyer's lawyer."

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Band 1

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigator Mark Morgan is applauded by clients for the way he is "able to grasp business issues in order to create the best argument." His extensive experience covers energy, tax and financial services disputes. He has also represented major clients in insolvency cases, contentious estates matters and contractual disputes. Sources appreciate that "he's very sharp, able to bring up points we haven't thought of," as well as the fact that he is "technically sound and very knowledgeable."

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Band 2

Byrne & Byrne

From the Chambers Global guide

"Excellent attorney" Adrian Byrne of Byrne & Byrne is consistently highlighted for his depth of knowledge in construction matters. Peers find that "it is a joy working with him," and market sources also describe him as "a very bright guy" and note that he is someone who "gives incredible support on matters."

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Band 2

William David Clarke

JD Sellier & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner William David Clarke is praised by market sources as a "very bright lawyer." A highly experienced attorney, his broad practice covers the full gamut of issues relating to banking and finance, corporate/M&A and capital markets. He also receives praise for his responsiveness.

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Band 2

Nicole Ferreira-Aaron

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Nicole Ferreira-Aaron specialises in corporate finance, with particular expertise in aviation finance. She is experienced in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border work, and sources describe her as "very knowledgeable and prompt, and she understands the specific dynamics of cross-border finance." 

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Band 2

JD Sellier & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Dennis Gurley SC holds significant experience in a variety of dispute resolution specialisms, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Market commentators attest to his good reputation, with one peer affirming: "I have a lot of time and respect for him."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

MG Daly & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Jo-Anne Julien has a strong commercial practice and is described as "a very respected member of the profession." She is best known for her work in conveyancing and finance, where sources cite her as "outstanding and distinguished in what she does." Market commentators go on to note that "she's extremely well liked by her clients and able to understand what they wish to achieve."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan

From the Chambers Global guide

"Smart younger lawyer" Jon Paul Mouttet has a growing commercial practice with an emphasis on the energy and natural resources sector. Clients value his strong interpersonal skills and client-focused approach. Sources also highlight that he "always meets his deadlines" and is "very responsive, extremely easy to talk to and highly organised."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of dispute resolution Jonathan Walker maintains a broad-ranging practice encompassing litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is particularly well known for his work in the area of construction disputes, and receives praise for his understanding of the issues involved in contractual and intellectual property cases. Clients praise him as "very knowledgeable in his field," noting that "he always provides a good perspective on local and international matters."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

"Excellent attorney" Angelique Bart is best known for her expertise in contentious and non-contentious tax, where her work includes advising on a major tax dispute for a well-known oil and gas client. Effusive sources state that "she is passionate and zealous in the representation of her clients and acts with a good sense of urgency to get resolutions quickly." Clients also appreciate her "technical precision" and high-level insight into procedural issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

M Glenn Hamel-Smith

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Glenn Hamel-Smith is in high demand for banking and finance and capital markets matters. He regularly acts as counsel to major financial institutions in connection with secured note issuances, syndicated loans and high-value refinancing transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Mark Laquis is well respected for his real estate and conveyancing practice. His expertise also extends into M&A and tax. Peers regard him as a business-minded and responsive lawyer they are pleased to see on the other side of a transaction.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Nunez & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Marjorie Nunez recently founded Nunez & Co. after leaving Lex Caribbean. She continues to work on significant transactions in the jurisdiction, particularly in the areas of M&A and project finance. She is highly sought after by clients and well regarded in the market.

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Band 3

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

From the Chambers Global guide

Gregory Pantin has particular expertise in employment and shipping disputes and also has experience assisting with tax-related cases. Market sources attest to the good quality of his work.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Johnson, Camacho & Singh

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Stephen Singh continues to be highlighted as a sound choice for dispute resolution matters. His broad expertise encompasses banking, labour and tax disputes. He also practises as an arbitrator.

^ See whole ranking table