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8 Ranked Lawyers

About

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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What the team is known for

Higgs & Johnson is widely hailed as one of the most prominent law firms in the Bahamas. It has considerable experience overseeing major commercial transactions, including M&A, financing and capital markets issuances. The firm is equally well versed at assisting with real estate development mandates, while its dispute resolution team is regularly instructed on some of the jurisdiction's most significant commercial cases. Typical clients include international banks and financial institutions, as well as trust companies, cruise operators and real estate developers.

Notable Practitioners

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Audley Hanna, Jr.
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Up and Coming

Nassau-based Audley Hanna has a growing reputation in the commercial litigation sphere. He regularly handles banking disputes on behalf of leading financial institutions, and has further experience acting for governmental entities and high net worth individuals.
"Audley Hanna is a strong litigation attorney. He is knowledgeable and responsive and will exert every effort to secure the desired result."

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Surinder Deal
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Senior Statespeople

Surinder Deal is an accomplished commercial lawyer with a particularly distinguished reputation for her counsel on financial matters. Having now moved into an of counsel role in the firm's Nassau office, she continues to advise a diverse roster of clients on corporate transactions, business structuring, financing and securities.

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Philip C Dunkley KC
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Senior Statespeople

Philip Dunkley KC is a veteran lawyer who maintains his standing as one of the leading figures in the Bahamas' litigation arena. He serves as senior partner of Higgs & Johnson and has over 40 years of experience in practice.
"He is a very able attorney and someone I have great respect for."

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Christel Sands-Feaste
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Christel Sands-Feaste is one of the most sought-after finance lawyers in the Bahamas and is regularly instructed by borrowers to advise on loan facilities, as well as securities issuances.
"Christel is an excellent, affable commercial lawyer who is concerned about meeting and managing client expectations. She produces good-quality work and gives sound advice."

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Tara Archer-Glasgow
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Tara Archer-Glasgow operates a diverse contentious practice from Nassau 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.
"She can explain the law in layman's terms and intelligently answer all your questions." "She provides timely legal advice and secures good results from the court. She is both articulate and friendly, with a demeanour that is very welcoming."

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Oscar N. Johnson, Jr.
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Oscar Johnson is one of the most respected litigators in the Bahamas. He has a wide range of experience covering commercial, insurance, employment and admiralty disputes, among other matters, and currently serves as co-managing partner of Higgs & Johnson.
"He's very engaging and provides solid, reliable advice." "His knowledge of the law is immense, and respect for his judgement throughout the legal community is also evident."

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Stephen Jenkins Melvin
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Based in the Lyford Cay office, Stephen Melvin is held in high regard for his advice on property development, land acquisition and property-related tax. He has notable experience of mandates relating to resort and marine development.
"He's top quality in terms of legal expertise, commercial approach and willingness to assist."

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Zarina Fitzgerald
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Zarina Fitzgerald heads the commercial transactions team at Higgs & Johnson from her base in Nassau. She offers clients a wealth of experience in M&A and finance matters of all sizes, with recent experience overseeing high-value bond issuances.
"She is extremely responsive, always knowledgeable and creative in working towards an end result or solution that's acceptable to all parties." "She is exceptionally easy to deal with."

Ranked Lawyers at
Higgs & Johnson

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General Business Law

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Surinder Deal
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Senior Statespeople
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Christel Sands-Feaste
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Zarina Fitzgerald
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General Business Law: Dispute Resolution

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Philip C Dunkley KC
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Senior Statespeople
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Oscar N. Johnson, Jr.
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Tara Archer-Glasgow
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Audley Hanna, Jr.
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Up and Coming
General Business Law: Real Estate

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Stephen Jenkins Melvin
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Members

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N Leroy Smith

Paul Davis

Portia Nicholson

Stephen Melvin

Sterling Cooke

Tara Cooper Burnside

Vann Gaitor

Vivienne Gouthro

Zarina Fitzgerald

Industries

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