Corporate law (including banking, finance and M&A) in Bahamas

Higgs & Johnson

As ‘a comprehensive, knowledge-based firm with expertise in every discipline of law‘, Higgs & Johnsonprovides high-quality and professional services‘ and fields a securities department that is ‘second to none‘. The commercial transactions department excels across corporate and banking work; on the corporate front, the team is noted for its knowledge of cross-border transactions, while the banking and finance practice handles a range of financing projects, agreements and securitisations. The firm also has a notable compliance and regulatory practice and is active in anti-money laundering work. The group is jointly led by aviation and maritime sector expert Vivienne Gouthro in Freeport, and Zarina Fitzgerald and international commercial and financing specialist Christel Sands-Feaste, both in New Providence. Firm co-managing partner Sterling Cooke, tax group head Portia Nicholson and Alexandra Hall, who is head of the government and regulatory affairs practice, also contribute to the practice, as does associate Andre Hill, who is Hall’s deputy.


‘Higgs & Johnson is a comprehensive knowledge-based firm with expertise in every discipline of law. H&J has provided high-quality and professional services on my behalf. Each interaction with staff has been both a pleasant experience and a thorough service where no stone was left unturned. That requires a deep culture of placing client needs first: you get the impression that you are their only client.’

‘Their securities department is second to none and in particular Christel Sands-Feaste is at the cutting edge.’

‘Intelligence and clarity of understanding and message.’

‘Sterling Cooke is perhaps the best in his field of property conveyance. He has a keen eye for detail and does not miss any aspect that requires attention. What I like most is that he thinks of all potential angles in order to future-proof me from potential property issues. He is relentlessly thorough, direct and professionally tactful. He’s a master at what he does and it’s a joy to watch him draw out the best in the attorneys that represent the other side of the matters where he represents me.’

Lennox Paton

Covering the full spectrum of finance, commercial and corporate law, Lennox Paton is also highly adept at advising on complex trust structures, tax issues, immigration work, data protection laws and IP mandates. The practice has notable expertise in advising on the drafting of legislation in the financial services and fintech spaces and recently handled the creation and operation of a Central Bank-backed digital currency. Michael Paton and Michelle Neville-Clarke jointly lead the team, which also includes the head of the firm’s trusts and foundations group Arthur Seligman, funds expert Castino Sands and senior associate Laura Harris.

Delaney Partners

John Delaney KC heads up the team at Delaney Partners, which handles a range of mandates encompassing business restructurings and insolvencies, securities work, litigation, commercial transactions, financial regulatory matters and private client issues. Delaney is a key name for commercial transactions including M&A, governance work and restructurings, while Pamela Klonaris and Sofia Papageorge are the primary contacts in the distinct securities team. Lena Bonaby is also recommended for her restructuring and insolvency expertise, and Jillian Chase-Jones handles M&A work alongside her active real estate practice.

Practice head(s):

John Delaney KC

Work highlights

  • Advised a fund on its initial public offering of 5,000,000 Class A shares in the fund to raise B$25m in equity.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes‘ corporate and commercial transactions practice advises on a broad range of mandates including international financing projects, M&A, loan agreements and share purchase agreements. The group is also particularly highlighted for its offshore trust and private client work and excels in cross-border transactions, where it benefits from its Lex Mundi membership. Kimberley Rolle leads the practice and Alexander Christie acts as vice chair to the group; Rolle focuses on commercial, corporate and project finance work, while Christie has additional tax expertise. Other key names include Sean Moree KC, who leads the firm’s trust and private client group; senior partner John Wilson KC; Campbell Cleare, III who heads up the foreign and local investment practice; April Turner, who has experience in financial services matters; financial services and regulatory expert Kevin Moree; competition specialist Michelle Deveaux; and newly promoted partner Gia Sands.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Rolle

Key clients

RAV Bahamas Ltd.

Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation

Neworld One Bay Street Limited (One Particular Harbour at the Pointe Condominiums)

Tropix Shipping Ltd.

Oasis Marketplace Ltd.

Crowe Bahamas

Mylor Caribbean Development Ltd