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Global Guide

General Business Law — Bahamas


Graham Thompson - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This well-established firm enjoys an exceptional reputation in the market. It frequently handles mandates pertaining to trusts, private wealth and residential real estate, and is well placed to advise on banking and finance matters. It is also known for its strength in dispute resolution, spanning both litigation and arbitration. Work highlights include advising on major cross-border restructurings and the Bahamian portions of significant multi-jurisdictional M&A. Typical clients include well-known financial services groups and prominent high net worth individuals.

Sean McWeeney QC is a highly regarded figure in the trusts and private wealth sphere. A client enthused: "He's incredible in terms of his knowledge of the law. Whenever we work with him, we get great response times and the advice is always very well considered and on-point."

Dana Wells is a highly experienced partner who is renowned for his expertise in property law. He advises on all aspects of commercial property transactions, including the financing, development and sale of notable, high-value projects. He has also provided guidance on several significant disputes relating to major property assets.

Litigator Robert Adams acts on a broad range of cases, including labour and employment, shipping, real estate and general commercial disputes. He is praised for his sound judgement, with sources observing that "he has a good idea of what the court will think of a claim." Adams chairs the litigation and dispute resolution group.

Consultant counsel Craig Roberts is a particular authority on real estate law. He continues to advise property clients on a wide range of matters, including title insurance and tax issues.

The highly respected Sir Michael Barnett returned to the firm in February 2015 after several years as Chief Justice of the Bahamas. Peers regard him as a "very good advocate."

Department profile by Graham Thompson

Graham Thompon's practice focus includes all types of General Business Law, including Banking & Finance; Corporate, Commercial & Securities; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Private Clients, Trusts & Estates; Property & Development; Employment & Labour; Immigration & Naturalization; and Admiralty & Shipping.

We advise leading domestic and international institutions, corporations, law firms and private clients.  Our attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets sectors. We are highly regarded for our expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitization, employment and immigration matters. Partners and Associates work closely with clients to ensure that their matters are handled expeditiously and with highest degree of professionalism.  

Unique among law firms, GT has all through the years made notable contributions to high public service. GT’s former Partners have played critical roles in the Bahamas’ judiciary including three of the nation's past Attorneys-General, the former Chief Justice, several Justices of the Bahamas Supreme Court, and the Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission. Other Partners have served the country as a Member of Parliament, Senators, and as the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission.  This record of service to successive governments and the judiciary is wholly without parallel in the history of the legal profession of the Bahamas.








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Higgs & Johnson - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This powerhouse firm is recognised as a leader in the jurisdiction and is particularly renowned for its strong offerings in both financial services and real estate work. The team also possesses additional expertise in insolvency, employment and shipping matters, as well as a wealth of other areas. Market commentators are very impressed with the breadth of the firm's expertise, going so far as to label it "a one-stop shop," and adding that the firm provides "everything you would need in a commercial law practice." Clients include international banks, telecoms companies and major property developers.

Senior partner Philip Dunkley QC is a highly experienced advocate who sources describe as "a very knowledgeable guy with a lot of experience in different areas." His broad practice spans commercial, civil and chancery litigation, and he is frequently noted by peers as a formidable opponent.

Christel Sands-Feaste chairs the securities and investment funds practice group and has significant experience advising on a variety of corporate and commercial mandates. She represents a number of significant clients from the financial services, hospitality and real estate sectors.

Heather Thompson is highly respected for her in-depth understanding of trusts issues. Now a consultant at the firm, she continues to advise private trust companies and high net worth individuals on the establishment and operation of international trusts and other ownership structures.

Oscar Johnson draws consistent praise for his litigation practice. Johnson is the firm's global managing director, and has handled cases relating to shipping, employment and financial services issues, amongst other mandates.

Earl Cash is well known for his comprehensive understanding of trusts and estates issues, and is a widely published authority on trusts law in the Bahamas. He also possesses complementary expertise in banking and finance.

Surinder Deal is well regarded by her peers in the transactional arena. Her experience includes acting on many high-value IPOs, joint ventures and structured finance deals.

Department profile by Higgs & Johnson

​Experience 

Members of the Commercial Transactions practice group have had substantial experience as advisors on all Bahamian aspects of commercial cross-border transactions, including sales, mergers and acquisitions, financings, and agreements.

The group has extensive experience in the regulatory and anti-money laundering fields and are able to assist applicants for licenses or registration to operate under various financial services related regimes, satisfying the regulatory requirements relative to anti-money-laundering and counter financing of terrorism.

Legislation

Partners in the practice group have been instrumental in the drafting and implementation of several important pieces of legislation, including:

-serving as private sector advisor to the Bahamas government on the restructuring of financial services industry legislation in response to the initiative of the FSF, FATF and OECD;

-advising on the drafting of legislation to modernise the casino gaming industry in The Bahamas; and

-assisting the financial services industry in drafting Acts relating to Purpose Trusts, Foundations, Private Trust Companies and Executive Entities.

Financing Projects

The group has substantial experience as advisers on all such financing projects, including but not limited to:- 

Syndicated Loan Agreement

International Foreign Exchange Agreements

Re-Invoicing Agreements

Bond Issues

Security Interests

Credit Transactions

Share Purchase Agreements



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Lennox Paton - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight Lennox Paton's particular expertise in offshore trusts, investment funds and maritime law, as well as its consistent involvement in high-profile corporate, litigation and real estate matters. The team regularly advises on big-ticket acquisitions and corporate restructurings, including that of the Sonangol Shipping Group. Significant clients include multinational investment banks and telecoms companies, as well several prominent high net worth individuals.

Senior partner Brian Simms QC is one of the jurisdiction's most highly regarded litigators. Sources describe him as "a top offshore silk," pointing to his "depth of knowledge and experience" in high-stakes litigation. He has advised on cases relating to offshore trusts and allegations of commercial fraud.

Commentators rate David Johnstone as "one of the best real estate lawyers in the Bahamas," emphasising that he is "very knowledgeable" about issues in this field. He advised Deloitte on aspects of the Baha Mar resort receivership, and also acted for Exuma Resort Developers regarding the sales programme for a USD100 million mixed-use development.

Michael Paton is well regarded by market commentators, one of whom highlighted his client-handling skills as a particular strength. Paton oversees the corporate/commercial, investment funds and banking and finance practice groups, and is regarded as "one of the foremost securities lawyers in the country."

Market sources view Chris Jenkins as a "very impressive" litigator and one of the firm's most notable talents. He has particular experience in insolvency and construction cases.

Peers acknowledge Michelle Neville-Clarke for her expertise in securities and general commercial matters. Her "delightfully pleasant" personality and demeanour also makes a big impression on sources.

Department profile by Lennox Paton

Lennox Paton was founded in Nassau, The Bahamas in 1986. It is a full-service offshore commercial firm with practice teams organised under the following headings: litigation; insolvency and restructuring; investment funds; trusts and foundations; banking and finance; real estate; resort development; corporate and commercial; private client and shipping. 

The firm practices Bahamian and BVI law.


The firm has a very strong practice in trusts, commercial, corporate insolvency litigation and investment funds. Further, it has niches in capital markets work; hotel and resort development. In practice there is considerable overlap between the practice teams driven by the need to respond to client requirements.  

Members of the firm belong to a number of professional associations (INSOL, IBA and STEP, for example) and regularly contribute to journals and seminars. 

The firm represents numerous financial institutions, both domestic and international, which complements the firm's large and diversified private client practice.



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Lennox Paton has an international client base from the United States, Europe, South America (in particular Brazil) and Asia. The firm acts for many international banks and trust companies, financial institutions, investment funds, foreign governments, multinational companies and individuals who wish to utilise the expertise of the firm in the jurisdiction in which it practices. The firm is regularly instructed by leading law firms from other jurisdictions.


McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This sizeable firm is particularly well regarded for its strong litigation offering and also frequently advises on major real estate acquisitions. Its impressive client list also features notable names in the banking, insurance, retail and entertainment sectors. Amongst the firm's highlights, it advised BB Entertainment on contracts and agreements relating to the expansion of the Bimini Bay Resort, valued at more than BSD266 million.

Brian Moree QC enjoys an exceptional reputation in the litigation arena. Peers and clients agree that he is "one of the country's best litigators," and note he is regularly sought out to assist with high-value, complex cases. He has considerable experience assisting clients with insolvency proceedings, as well as cases arising from banking, trusts and asset recovery claims.

The highly experienced Campbell Cleare continues to impress clients. A source said: "He's not just a lawyer, he understands business aspects as well - he's very attuned to progressing a deal constructively. If you have a deal that needs a lot of structure and creativity, he's phenomenal." His work includes advising a major Bahamian mining company regarding its involvement in a joint venture for the development of a cruise ship terminal and retail complex on a private island currently owned by the company.

Consultant Brenford Christie is noted for his real estate expertise, having advised on a multitude of significant property developments in the course of his career. He is also an experienced adviser on banking and finance, corporate/commercial and trusts matters.

Diane Stewart is regarded as an "excellent advocate," and a "practical lawyer who resolves matters based on the merits of the case." Her practice has an emphasis on banking, insurance and competition cases, as well as family law.

John Wilson regularly represents clients in significant commercial disputes in the jurisdiction, including high-profile insolvency and debt recovery proceedings.

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Callenders & Co - General Business Law

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

This firm is well known for its strength in contentious matters, having acted on numerous significant litigation and arbitration cases. Its recent work includes major disputes relating to the aviation and financial services sectors. On the transactional side, the team has experience acting on high-value real estate transactions.

The "amazingly creative" Frederick Smith QC earns high praise for his litigation practice. He has experience in constitutional law, and is "a well-respected advocate" in the jurisdiction.

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Delaney Partners - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Market observers highlight the litigation offering of this firm, which has also acted on matters pertaining to tourism, real estate and banking law. Clients include domestic real estate developers, as well as financial institutions and major telecoms companies.

Senior partner John Delaney QC is highly regarded in the domestic market, being described by sources as "a very good lawyer." He is the former Attorney General of the Bahamas.

Peers note Pamela Klonaris for her expertise regarding investment funds and special-purpose entities. Interviewees say: "She's a specialist, and very good at what she does."

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Glinton Sweeting O'Brien - General Business Law

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Peers praise this compact team for its offering in litigation, in addition to its abilities in real estate matters. The firm's work has included advice relating to cross-border tax structures, complex insolvency proceedings, and large-scale real estate developments. Clients typically include real estate developers and financial institutions.

Founding partner Andrew O'Brien is a "very respected property lawyer." He advises on the full range of issues arising from commercial and residential real estate developments, with his expertise in this field complemented by his detailed understanding of insurance, estates and probate issues.

Roy Sweeting is acknowledged by sources for his abilities in litigation. One interviewee commented: "I think he's a very good lawyer, with an excellent approach - he's good to his clients' interests."

Bryan Glinton has a broad commercial practice which sees him act on M&A, corporate restructuring and finance matters. His clients include major accounting firms and financial institutions.

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Band 1

Graham Thompson

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean McWeeney QC is a highly regarded figure in the trusts and private wealth sphere. A client enthused: "He's incredible in terms of his knowledge of the law. Whenever we work with him, we get great response times and the advice is always very well considered and on-point."

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Lennox Paton

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Paton is well regarded by market commentators, one of whom highlighted his client-handling skills as a particular strength. Paton oversees the corporate/commercial, investment funds and banking and finance practice groups, and is regarded as "one of the foremost securities lawyers in the country."

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Christel Sands-Feaste

Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Christel Sands-Feaste chairs the securities and investment funds practice group and has significant experience advising on a variety of corporate and commercial mandates. She represents a number of significant clients from the financial services, hospitality and real estate sectors.

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Band 2

H. Campbell Cleare III

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

From the Chambers Global guide

The highly experienced Campbell Cleare continues to impress clients. A source said: "He's not just a lawyer, he understands business aspects as well - he's very attuned to progressing a deal constructively. If you have a deal that needs a lot of structure and creativity, he's phenomenal." His work includes advising a major Bahamian mining company regarding its involvement in a joint venture for the development of a cruise ship terminal and retail complex on a private island currently owned by the company.

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John K F Delaney QC

Delaney Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner John Delaney QC is highly regarded in the domestic market, being described by sources as "a very good lawyer." He is the former Attorney General of the Bahamas.

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Delaney Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note Pamela Klonaris for her expertise regarding investment funds and special-purpose entities. Interviewees say: "She's a specialist, and very good at what she does."

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Heather L Thompson

Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Heather Thompson is highly respected for her in-depth understanding of trusts issues. Now a consultant at the firm, she continues to advise private trust companies and high net worth individuals on the establishment and operation of international trusts and other ownership structures.

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Band 3

Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Earl Cash is well known for his comprehensive understanding of trusts and estates issues, and is a widely published authority on trusts law in the Bahamas. He also possesses complementary expertise in banking and finance.

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Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Surinder Deal is well regarded by her peers in the transactional arena. Her experience includes acting on many high-value IPOs, joint ventures and structured finance deals.

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Glinton Sweeting O'Brien

From the Chambers Global guide

Bryan Glinton has a broad commercial practice which sees him act on M&A, corporate restructuring and finance matters. His clients include major accounting firms and financial institutions.

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Michelle E Neville-Clarke

Lennox Paton

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers acknowledge Michelle Neville-Clarke for her expertise in securities and general commercial matters. Her "delightfully pleasant" personality and demeanour also makes a big impression on sources.

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