Hart Muirhead Fatta

General Business Law Department

Jamaica
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Hart Muirhead Fatta remains a top-level firm, working across a number of areas that include asset acquisitions, transaction structuring, loan facilities and project investment. It is frequently sought out as lenders' counsel by multinational banking clients, and acclaimed for its skills in contentious real estate matters. Sources highlight the firm's "very responsive and co-operative" nature and "excellent" work, with one stating: "They are very strong, and would be our preferred and best firm in Jamaica."

The "excellent" Donovan Walker is a former president of the Jamaican Bar Association and highly regarded among his peers for his commercial capabilities. His practice extends to securities, shipping, real estate and M&A work among other areas, and one commentator sees him as "one of the lead commercial lawyers at the firm."

Hugh Hart is an industry stalwart, with decades of experience in legal practice under his belt. He has deep knowledge in mining, having previously occupied the office of Minister for Mining & Energy in Jamaica.

Janet Morrison is a very proficient business lawyer, active on conveyancing, agency negotiations and leases for her clients. She also provides representation in M&A and bond issuances. One client said: "She's a brilliant legal mind and I know can call her any time, day or night."

Eminent advocate Lloyd Barnett is an expert in constitutional law, and continues to appear before the courts in such matters. He has provided representation in a plethora of cases in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council, and "would be among the list of names you would certainly consider if you had a large, complex matter." He recently joined Hart Muirhead Fatta as a consultant, having previously been a sole practitioner.

Mark Golding is a very experienced financial lawyer, working in securities, M&A matters and banking, and held up as "a very bright attorney." He was the Minister of Justice until 2016, and is currently serving as the Shadow Finance Minister for Jamaica.

Sources praise Patrick McDonald for his "strong client management" and laud him as a "good commercial attorney." He performs a great deal of work in bond issuances, restructuring and M&A deals, and represents a number of global firms across a spectrum of financial matters. He is particularly respected for his capacities in complex commercial issues.