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M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

General Business Law

7 ranked lawyersBand 1Trinidad & TobagoGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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Hamel-Smith & Co is well known among commentators for its "high volume of transactional business and large number of experienced attorneys." It receives high praise from clients, who note the team's "fast turnaround on documentation," as well as the way "they repeatedly demonstrate a very insightful and big-picture understanding of the issues." The team balances excellent capabilities in litigation with considerable transactional know-how. Among its highlights, the firm represented Proman Holdings Barbados in litigation concerning the legitimacy of an earlier buyout transaction, where the amount at stake exceeded USD75 million.

Chris Hamel-Smith SC is a respected figure with noteworthy expertise in intellectual property, financial services, telecoms and insurance disputes. He supports other members of the disputes team on numerous cases arising in these sectors and others, and is regularly called upon to sit as an arbitrator.

Clients praise disputes practitioner Gregory Pantin as "a good, articulate lawyer." He has a range of experience spanning trade and employment cases as well as personal injury disputes. He is well known in the market as a sound choice to handle both litigation and arbitration.

Jonathan Walker is well versed in High Court litigation and appellate proceedings, with experience covering areas such as contractual disputes, insurance claims and constitutional law proceedings. Sources declare him to be "an outstanding litigator" who is "very technically competent and has a great command of the court." Further commentators add that he "approaches matters with a very strategic focus and an eye on achieving the best outcome for his client."

Glenn Hamel-Smith heads the banking and finance practice. He regularly advises on revolving credit facilities and acts for an impressive list of commercial lenders. He is further notable for his debt capital markets practice and has additional expertise in rights issuances, M&A and restructuring matters.

Commentators highlight Melissa Inglefield as "someone who has demonstrated impeccable work product, has a good approach and is very commercially minded." She advises on an array of finance transactions and capital markets issuances, and her name is well known to fellow professionals, who judge her to be"a very good and solid younger lawyer."

Clients applaud managing partner Nicole Ferreira-Aaron for providing "cogent advice and counsel," remarking on her "pragmatic, clear and business-oriented approach." Noted for her considerable expertise in aviation matters, her broader practice spans a wide variety of financing agreements in addition to M&A transactions and capital markets issuances.

Timothy Hamel-Smith is one of Trinidad & Tobago's most experienced transactional lawyers, having overseen a large number of matters in the course of a career that spans close to five decades. His work of late includes advising on the acquisition of non-controlling stakes in notable banking and insurance entities.

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Overview

Established in 1909, Hamel-Smith is widely-recognised as a pioneer in Trinidad and Tobago’s business community and the legal profession. As a member of Lex Mundi, Hamel-Smith works with member firms and other global law firms to provide innovative legal solutions to some of the world's largest corporations in dispute resolution, as well as cross-border and domestic transactions.

Hamel-Smith clients’ commercial objectives are paramount to the firm; it focuses on fashioning practical, business-oriented legal solutions to achieve them. Sensitive to clients needs for cost-certainty, the firm is prepared to agree fixed fees in advance, provide estimates for agreed phases of work or agree other flexible fee arrangements.

The Transactional team has extensive experience representing clients of varied industry sectors in an array of commercial transactions including business structuring, incorporation and on-going compliance, mergers & acquisitions, tax disputes, project structuring and financing, capital markets and securities structuring and compliance.

The Disputes & Risk Management team is known for taking a practical approach to matters, and boasts strategic thinkers who work closely with clients to develop and implement strategies to avoid, manage and resolve disputes cost-effectively. The firm also has a highly valued labour and employment law practice, and offers a coordinated intellectual property service for the regional registration and maintenance of trademarks and patents.

General Business Law

M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

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Eleven Albion

Cor Dere & Abion Sts.

PO Box 219

Port of Spain

Trinidad

Trinidad & Tobago

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Trinidad & Tobago

General Business Law


M Glenn Hamel-Smith
Band 3
Melissa Inglefield
Up and Coming
Nicole Ferreira-Aaron
Band 1
Timothy Hamel-Smith
Band 1

General Business Law: Dispute Resolution


Gregory Pantin
Band 3
Jonathan Walker
Band 1

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