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Global Guide

General Business Law — Bahamas

Band 1

第一等

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.

Freeport-based 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."

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Band 1

第一等

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.

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Band 2

第二等

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. 

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Band 2

第二等

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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Band 3

第三等

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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Band 3

第三等

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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Band 3

第三等

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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Band 1

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

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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Band 2

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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Band 2

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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Band 2

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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Band 3

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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Band 3

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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Band 3

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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