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Lennox Paton

3 BAYSIDE EXECUTIVE PARK, WEST BAY STREET & BLAKE ROAD, PO BOX N-4875, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Tel:
Work +1 242 502 5000
Fax:
Fax +1 242 328 0566
Email:
Web:
www.lennoxpaton.com
Nassau, Tortola

Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou

Tel:
Work +1 (242) 502-5045
Email:
Web:
www.lennoxpaton.com/people/sophia-rolle-kapousouzoglou/
Lennox Paton

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Position

Sophia is a Partner in Lennox Paton’s Commercial Litigation department in Nassau, Bahamas.   With over 10 years’ experience she appears regularly as Lead Counsel and Junior Counsel before the Bahamian Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.  Sophia’s overall practice areas include advising clients with respect to liquidations, shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, trust litigation, property disputes, fraud and asset tracing Norwich Pharmacal applications, applications for injunctions and other interlocutory relief.  Sophia has a broad range of experience and has represented clients in multi-jurisdictional matters and has been named in ‘Global Restructuring Review’s 40 Under 40’. 

Sophia is a Fellow of INSOL International and nominated for the III NextGen Leadership Program (Class VI).  She has experience in speaking at various international conferences such as the American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL International and the American Bar Association (Section of International Law).

Sophia has over ten years of experience as an Attorney and represents liquidators, receivers, creditors, debtors, lending institutions, insurers, and investors in all aspects of liquidations and receiverships.  Sophia has recently been involved in several prominent cross-border insolvency cases including the application for recognition of Chapter 11 foreign proceedings commenced by Northshore Mainland Services Inc. (Debtor) and the Baha Mar Companies (In liquidation); an application for recognition proceedings on behalf of Liquidators of Cayman based Caledonian Bank (In liquidation) followed by ancillary winding up proceedings with respect to Caledonian Bank; the liquidation of AWH Fund Ltd. which involves setting aside a clawback claim which is currently being appealed to the Privy Council; and the composition with creditors and bankruptcy proceedings concerning Sir Anthony O’Reilly.

Sophia enjoys legal research and has written articles which have been published in several highly respected legal journals such as Insolvency Intelligence, Sweet & Maxwell, International Insolvency Law Review (IILR), Verlag C.H. Beck, and INSOL WORLD 4th Quarter 2016 Africa and Offshore. She is also the exclusive 2017 Contributor for Lexology’s Insolvency and Restructuring Chapter on The Bahamas.

Career

  • Fellow of INSOL International, Class of 2015-2016
  • III Next Gen Class VI (2017)

Member

  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • INSOL International (Fellow)
  • AIJA (Bahamas National Representative)
  • III (International Insolvency Institute – NextGen)
  • RISA (Bahamas) Founding Board Member
  • IWIRC

Education

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, Inns of Court School of Law (2006)
  • Bachelors Degree Law, LLB, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (2005)
  • Bachelor’s Degree Psychology, York University, Toronto Canada (2002)


Bahamas

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As 'a highly organised and professional firm', Lennox Paton is 'always positive and supportive', 'provides a welcoming atmosphere to clients' and 'has deep local knowledge paired with a practical approach'; its key departments are litigation, financial services and corporate law, and real estate. The litigation team, which 'gives clients a sense of increasing confidence that cases have a high chance of success whatever missiles might come from the opposition' and is 'one of the strongest litigation teams in the Bahamas', focuses on commercial litigation, including expertise in trust matters, banking, insolvency, asset tracing and property litigation, as well as mutual fund and shareholder disputes, director liability and company law, and insurance. Highlights included the team acting for Deloitte (Hong Kong and Bahamas), as the joint receiver-managers of the secured assets of the Baha Mar Resort, on numerous matters, one of which produced a ruling that clarified the practice of conveyancing pursuant to new limitation legislation in the Bahamas. In transactional matters, the practice is well known for general business law, with a particular focus on the financial services industry; complex cross-border M&A; regulatory advice in relation to the cross-border issue of securities and banking services; establishing investment funds for institutional and private wealth management clients; and complex trust structures. The team advised Frontera Energy, as Bahamian counsel, on its issuance of senior secured notes that were to be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Senior partner and 'one of the best litigators on the island' Brian Simms QC is the head of litigation and is well known for complex, high-net-worth commercial disputes. Deputy chairman since 2017 of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, Michael Paton, who has 'exceptional knowledge and an ability to quickly understand the information sought and provide the necessary feedback', heads the firm’s corporate and commercial, investment funds and banking and finance groups; and David Johnstone, who is highly rated for master-planning mixed-use resorts with subdivision, condominium, condohotel and timeshare components, leads the real estate, resort development and private client groups. Other notable partners are litigation specialists Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou (who clients praise as 'responsive and a pleasure to work with') and Marco Turnquest, and banking and finance group partner Castino Sands, who is 'thorough, careful and precise'.

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