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Global Guide

General Business Law — Bahamas


Graham Thompson - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This well-established firm retains a strong position in the Bahamian market, with a broad range of transactional and regulatory expertise. It is also noted for its leading trusts and estates practice, which sources praise as "a one-stop shop" for such matters. Peers hold the firm in high regard, with one noting: "On the real estate side they are a solid firm and always have been." The firm also possesses a noteworthy disputes practice, with a strong track record of success, both in commercial litigation and all methods of alternative dispute resolution. Principal corporate clients include prominent names from the banking and construction sectors.

Sean McWeeney QC maintains an extensive practice in the fields of corporate, trusts and regulatory banking. His trusts expertise is particularly celebrated, with market sources regarding him as "the guru in the region when it comes to trusts law." Clients value his high level of dedication to their matters, while peers describe him as "a sound commercial practitioner."

A "mainstay in the real estate arena," Craig Roberts has a commanding reputation in the market. His expertise covers a range of real estate matters, including leases, sale and purchase transactions and the financing of major property developments.

Highly regarded senior partner Dana Wells possesses a depth of expertise in real estate. Market sources distinguish him as "a premier lawyer in real estate," adding that he impresses with "his experience and knowledge, and because he's someone who looks for solutions."

Robert Adams draws praise for his "thorough, calm and thoughtful approach." A talented litigator and arbitration counsel, he has a wealth of expertise concerning disputes in the areas of finance, real estate and employment.

Former Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett has a "stellar reputation" in the market, with interviewees commenting that he is an "extremely able" attorney. His current practice has a strong focus on banking, insurance, trusts and insolvency cases.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm remains at the forefront of the market, with its deep bench enabling it to provide clients with a wide variety of legal services. It is regularly mandated on significant cross-border transactions, including M&A and loan financing. It also regularly advises on major corporate restructuring and high-value insolvency mandates for clients in sectors as varied as shipping, healthcare and banking. The dispute resolution practice is experienced in trust litigation, as well as contentious tax and employment cases. It also advises on the regulatory aspects of real estate matters. Market commentators acknowledge the firm's strong reputation and agree that the team continues to be "a standout."

Senior partner Philip Dunkley QC holds an impressive reputation for dispute resolution matters. Sources state that he is "very experienced and very respected," with interviewees also attesting to his considerable abilities as an advocate.

Christel Sands-Feaste holds significant experience in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, most notably finance and securities. Clients enthuse that "she's superb and very reliable," emphasising that she is "a savvy negotiator who understands client needs, makes herself available and really puts the client first."

Surinder Deal is a popular choice for transactional work, with experience handling a broad spectrum of matters from structured finance to joint ventures. Clients praise "her ability to cut through the red tape and get things done" and describe her as "very personable and easy to work with."

Global managing director Oscar Johnson continues to impress peers and clients alike with his "very business-oriented" approach. Sources go on to say that "he's effective and productive with his time." He represents clients from a variety of industries, including financial services.

"Seasoned lawyer" Earl Cash specialises in trusts and estates law and also holds significant expertise in banking and finance. He utilises his many years' experience to advise clients on matters of wealth management, asset protection and trust planning.

Tara Archer-Glasgow is an experienced and well-regarded litigator, representing both domestic and international clients from such fields as banking and aviation. Clients appreciate her responsiveness, while peers admire the fact that "she's well prepared and tenacious, but also rational and polite, which is how you sell an argument."

Stephen Melvin is a noted adviser on real estate matters. Market commentators descibe him as "knowledgeable and solution-oriented" and a "very good property lawyer." His practice encompasses acquisition and project finance as well as advice on mixed-use marina and resort developments.

Of counsel Heather Thompson continues to be highly respected for her expertise regarding trust management, ownership and structuring. She has also advised on the drafting of trust-related legislation.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Lennox Paton has long established itself as a key player in the market, noted for its wide-reaching corporate and commercial practice. The team is experienced advising on an array of offshore, corporate restructuring, financing and estate-planning matters. The firm also maintains its strong reputation in dispute resolution, handling big-ticket, cross-border litigation and arbitration cases on behalf of international corporations, regional public entities and major financial institutions. Market sources value the team's knowledgeable and attentive nature, with one stating: "I love the fact that they are very client-focused and attuned to our priorities."

Senior partner Brian Simms QC remains "highly regarded" in the market, with peers highlighting his formidable depth of knowledge and experience. One source also remarked upon his "clear and robust" style, noting that "when it came to the trial he was very good." He has acted in a number of high-value asset recovery and trust litigation cases.

David Johnstone heads the firm's real estate practice, covering resort development, secured financing and commercial lease transactions. A large part of his practice involves advising high net worth private clients. Interviewees value him as "a really intelligent lawyer" and "one of the top conveyancers in the country."

Michael Paton remains a "key player" at the firm, and receives particular acclaim for his trusts and investment funds work. Market sources praise his combination of "real-world experience" and "very creative" approach.

Christopher Jenkins is particularly noted for his expertise in insolvency, shareholder and construction disputes. Interviewees highlight him as a responsive and "very good younger lawyer."

Michelle Neville-Clarke's practice covers a range of work, including banking and finance, corporate law, M&A, investment funds and employment. She is regarded as a "very good funds lawyer" by market sources.

"Rising star" Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou has a growing reputation in the field of insolvency litigation. She impresses sources as a "solid lawyer" with an industrious approach to the work she takes on.

About the Team (content provided 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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McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This well-regarded firm has a renowned dispute resolution practice, representing major international and domestic commercial clients in insolvency, financial services and employment cases. The firm also represents a number of high net worth individuals in trust litigation and other high-value disputes. Clients hail the team's efficiency, with one stating: "They communicate well, and they process things in a timely fashion so everything's ready before I need it." Other sources observe that the team is "very responsive." The firm is also known for its real estate and M&A work.

Senior partner Brian Moree QC maintains his excellent reputation in the dispute resolution field. Clients enjoy his combination of "a common-sense approach" with "a tremendous intellect and understanding of the law." Sources add: "His ability to assess and process large volumes of information and boil them down to their salient features is exceptional." He has a depth of experience in cross-border insolvency and asset recovery claims.

Campbell Cleare continues to be sought after by clients for his experience in real estate, admiralty and employment. He also often acts on high-value financing and M&A matters for entities in industries ranging from aviation to financial services.

Experienced attorney Diane Stewart is a well-regarded litigator typically representing clients in banking, competition and insurance cases. Clients value that "her approach to problems is very methodical. She's very conscientious and careful with even the smallest detail."

"Experienced litigator" John Wilson regularly assists with significant trust and company disputes, and possesses additional complementary expertise in shipping, banking and corporate work. He is also a widely published author on such topics as trusts disputes and Bahamian real estate law.

About the Team (content provided by McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes)

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport. MB&H is a full service client centered premier law firm with one of the largest and most highly regarded litigation departments in the Bahamas. The firm delivers its legal services through thirteen main Practice Areas involving over thirty lawyers and is the exclusive Bahamian member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms in 160+ countries. 


MB&H Corporate Services Ltd., an affiliate of the law firm has established itself as a market leader in the provision of corporate and financial services. Licensed under the Financial and Corporate Services Providers Act, MB&H Corporate Services Ltd., provides its local and global clientele with a full array of competitively priced financial services products.

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Delaney Partners - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This compact firm is well regarded in the Bahamas, benefiting from the high profile of its founder, former Attorney General John Delaney QC. The team undertakes a variety of commercial work, and is also noted for its experience handling high-value insolvency matters and portfolio restructuring for financial institutions and trust companies. Other clients include major real estate developers and high net worth individuals.

Senior partner John Delaney QC is highly regarded in the market, particularly for his expertise in high-value cross-border insolvency matters. He also regularly advises on financial services regulatory work and significant M&A mandates, and is described as "a very solid lawyer" by market sources.

Pamela Klonaris possesses particular expertise relating to securities, real estate, investment funds and trusts. Highlights of her recent practice include a number of mandates for well-known financial institutions.

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Glinton Sweeting O'Brien - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This growing firm continues to be recognised for its strong real estate expertise, with interviewees noting that it "represents some very important developers in the Bahamas." Its advice in this sphere spans all aspects of real estate, including financing, development and tax issues. The firm also has a significant litigation practice, which has experience handling cross-border insolvency cases, trusts and estates litigation and property disputes. Private client matters is another area in which the team remains active, advising a number of high net worth individuals on wealth management and other related issues.

Andrew O'Brien continues to impress peers and clients alike with his strong real estate practice. One client described him as "very thoughtful, very understanding to our needs and very available." He is also noted for his complementary expertise in tax and corporate finance.

Roy Sweeting oversees the litigation and dispute resolution practice. He maintains a particular focus on insolvency and employment issues. Market sources value his assured handling of cases, with one interviewee stating: "He is smart and conducts himself well in court."

Bryan Glinton advises on a range of corporate finance and private client matters. He acts for various financial institutions as well as clients operating in the shipping, real estate and hospitality sectors.

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Senior Statesperson

Heather L Thompson

Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Of counsel Heather Thompson continues to be highly respected for her expertise regarding trust management, ownership and structuring. She has also advised on the drafting of trust-related legislation.

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Graham Thompson

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean McWeeney QC maintains an extensive practice in the fields of corporate, trusts and regulatory banking. His trusts expertise is particularly celebrated, with market sources regarding him as "the guru in the region when it comes to trusts law." Clients value his high level of dedication to their matters, while peers describe him as "a sound commercial practitioner."

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Lennox Paton

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Paton remains a "key player" at the firm, and receives particular acclaim for his trusts and investment funds work. Market sources praise his combination of "real-world experience" and "very creative" approach.

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H. Campbell Cleare III

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

From the Chambers Global guide

Campbell Cleare continues to be sought after by clients for his experience in real estate, admiralty and employment. He also often acts on high-value financing and M&A matters for entities in industries ranging from aviation to financial services.

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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 market, particularly for his expertise in high-value cross-border insolvency matters. He also regularly advises on financial services regulatory work and significant M&A mandates, and is described as "a very solid lawyer" by market sources.

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Band 2

Delaney Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Pamela Klonaris possesses particular expertise relating to securities, real estate, investment funds and trusts. Highlights of her recent practice include a number of mandates for well-known financial institutions.

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Christel Sands-Feaste

Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Christel Sands-Feaste holds significant experience in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, most notably finance and securities. Clients enthuse that "she's superb and very reliable," emphasising that she is "a savvy negotiator who understands client needs, makes herself available and really puts the client first."

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Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

"Seasoned lawyer" Earl Cash specialises in trusts and estates law and also holds significant expertise in banking and finance. He utilises his many years' experience to advise clients on matters of wealth management, asset protection and trust planning.

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Higgs & Johnson

From the Chambers Global guide

Surinder Deal is a popular choice for transactional work, with experience handling a broad spectrum of matters from structured finance to joint ventures. Clients praise "her ability to cut through the red tape and get things done" and describe her as "very personable and easy to work with."

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Band 3

Glinton Sweeting O'Brien

From the Chambers Global guide

Bryan Glinton advises on a range of corporate finance and private client matters. He acts for various financial institutions as well as clients operating in the shipping, real estate and hospitality sectors.

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Michelle E Neville-Clarke

Lennox Paton

From the Chambers Global guide

Michelle Neville-Clarke's practice covers a range of work, including banking and finance, corporate law, M&A, investment funds and employment. She is regarded as a "very good funds lawyer" by market sources.

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