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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‘s commercial transactions practice advises on all Bahamian aspects of cross-border transactions, financings and M&A, with particular expertise in the finance, utilities, telecoms, hospitality and oil and gas sectors. The firm has also been active in drafting legislation and works closely with the relevant regulatory agencies to develop the jurisdiction’s financial services law; it also has notable expertise in issues relating to counter terrorist financing and anti-money laundering matters. Vivienne Gouthro, Zarina Fitzgerald and Christel Sands-Feaste jointly lead the practice; Gouthro also leads the firm’s maritime and aviation group, Fitzgerald is ‘very responsible and attuned to commercial practices‘ and Sands-Feaste leads the financial services and securities and investment funds practices. Other key individuals include Portia Nicholson, who leads the firm’s newly formed tax group; Alexandra Hall, who leads the recently established government and regulatory affairs group; co-managing partner Sterling Cooke and associate Andre Hill.

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