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Higgs & Johnson
P.O. BOX N-3247

Work Department

Chair of Financial Services, Insurance Law & Regulation and Securities & Investment Funds practice groups.


Experience in corporate and commercial law, asset financing, resort development and operations, gaming law and regulation and international trust and company administration. Acted in all aspects of commercial transactions including securing governmental and regulatory approvals, mergers and acquisitions, asset financing, private placements of offshore securities, investment fund structuring and creation and estate planning.


Partner since 2009; Named as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners and IFLR1000. Director, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation and Co-Chair of its Ease of Doing Business Division; member of the Nassau Chapter of Links Incorporated.


Bahamas Bar Association; The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; Funds Working Group of the Bahamas Financial Services Board; International Association of Gaming Advisors


LLB – Reading University; LLM in Banking and Finance Law – London School of Economics and Political Science; Called to the bars of England & Wales and The Bahamas – 1998

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Christel Sands-FeasteHiggs & 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.

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