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Higgs & Johnson

General Business Law

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Higgs & Johnson continues to be regarded as one of the most prominent firms in the market. The group possesses considerable experience of commercial transactions, financing, refinancing and real estate development, and is commonly instructed by international clients for its local law advice. It is further respected for its maritime practice. Sources highlight the group for its "quality of advice," and "speed of response," as well as valuing its "understanding of clients' needs and pricing parameters."

Christel Sands-Feaste is one of the most sought-after finance lawyers in the Bahamas, and is regularly instructed by borrowers for her advice on loan facilities, as well as securities. One commentator lauded her as a "first-class commercial lawyer," adding: "She is very comfortable on high-end transactions."

Chair of the firm's private client and wealth management practice, Earl Cash is "a well-known name in the market," according to sources. He has a deep well of experience assisting trust companies in the Bahamas.

Interviewees speak highly of Oscar Johnson , stating: "He gives detailed answers, is very responsive, drafts well and always has good ideas." He is a respected litigator, with experience covering commercial, insurance, employment and admiralty disputes, and serves as the firm's co-managing partner.

Philip Dunkley QC is a veteran practitioner who maintains his standing as a "great litigator." He serves as the firm's senior partner and has over 40 years of experience in practice.

Stephen Melvin is held in high regard for his advice on property development, land acquisition and property-related tax. He has notable experience on mandates relating to resort and marine development. Clients note: "Stephen is brilliant and no-nonsense."

Co-managing partner Surinder Deal is an accomplished commercial lawyer with a particularly distinguished reputation for her counsel on financial matters. She provides advice to a diverse roster of clients on corporate transactions, business structuring, financing and securities.

Tara Archer-Glasgow operates a diverse contentious practice which sees her act on asset recovery disputes and the enforcement of international awards, in addition to shareholder and contractual disputes. She represents a myriad of domestic and international clients, including banks, leisure companies and private individuals.

Tara Cooper Burnside attracts praise from her peers as "a very good all-round commercial lawyer." She handles a broad range of shareholder and contractual disputes, with further expertise in contentious employment and insolvency matters.

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Overview

​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

Members

Cooke, Sterling

Cooper Burnside, Tara

Fitzgerald, Zarina

Gaitor, Vann

Gouthro, Vivienne

Johnson, Jr., Oscar N.

Nicholson, Portia

Sands-Feaste, Christel

Smith, N Leroy

Industries

Utilities; Telecommunication; Aerospace; Banks; Commercial Services; Energy; Financial Services; Government; Insurance; Private Client; Real Estate

General Business Law

Higgs & Johnson

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Location

Ocean Centre

Montagu Foreshore

East Bay Street

PO Box N-3247

Nassau

New Providence

Bahamas

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Bahamas

General Business Law


Christel Sands-Feaste
Band 2
Surinder Deal
Band 2

General Business Law: Dispute Resolution


Oscar N. Johnson, Jr.
Band 2
Philip C Dunkley QC
Senior Statespeople
Tara Archer-Glasgow
Band 3

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