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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

Higgs & Johnson leverages its experience in commercial cross-border transactions to be a go-to name in the Bahamas for a broad range of mandates, with particular knowledge of the finance sector; the group has been notably involved in the development of legislation relating to the financial services and casino gaming industries and has advised on investment fund and trust company regulations. Financing projects also make up a sizeable proportion of the team’s workload along with regulatory and anti-money laundering mandates. Zarina Fitzgerald heads up the commercial transactions group and has recently handled structured finance transactions, M&A and restructuring work, while Freeport office managing partner Vivienne Gouthro leads the maritime and aviation practice. Christel Sands-Feaste leads the financial services and securities, investment funds and fintech groups and is praised as ‘a dynamic attorney‘. Tax practice leader Portia Nicholson and head of the government and regulatory affairs group Alexandra Hall are also active in the practice. Andre Hill was promoted to senior associate in early 2023.