Firm Profile > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas

Lennox Paton

Corporate law (including banking, finance and M&A) Tier 1

Led by managing partner Michael Paton, the team at Lennox Paton has an enviable track record in corporate and banking mandates in the region, regularly advising an assortment of large financial institutions, international law firms and high-net-worth individuals. Particularly active in the financial services sector, the department is instructed on a diverse range of matters encompassing complex cross-border M&A, structured and secured financing matters, capital markets issues, regulatory and governmental requirements, securitisations, sophisticated trust structures, tax issues and general corporate and commercial mandates. Elsewhere in the team, deputy head Michelle Neville-Clarke has experience in investment funds, Arthur Seligman specialises in trust and probate instructions, and Castino Sands has particular expertise in investment vehicle-related matters. Another key member of the team is senior associate Dwayne Whylly, who is frequently involved in the firm's most complex matters.

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Key clients

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Altice Financing SA

Bahamas Power and Light Limited/Bahamas Rate

Reduction Bond Limited

GNB Financial Group Ltd

Parker Drilling Company Limited

Steiner Leisure Limited

Cosmetics Limited (Target)

OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited

Therium Group Holdings Limited

Finance Atlas AFP LLC

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Brian Simms QC heads up the litigation and dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency groups at Lennox Paton, which are involved in some of the Bahamas’ most high-profile, high-value disputes. 'Generally regarded as being at the top of its game', the large local team has an extensive track record in insolvency proceedings, company disputes, fraud and asset tracing claims, shareholder disputes and arbitration proceedings. In addition to Simms’ wide-ranging practice and Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou’s insolvency and asset recovery expertise, the 'dynamic' Marco Turnquest regularly acts for trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries in contentious trust issues. A notable recent highlight saw Turnquest and Simms represent Delanson Services Limited in Matteo Volpi v Delanson Services Limited and Gabriele Volpi, a recent Bahamian Supreme Court decision concerning the court’s jurisdiction limits to act in trust-related arbitrations. Other names to note include Metta MacMillan-Hughes, Christopher Jenkins, senior associate Chizelle Cargill and associate Ramonne Gardiner.

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‘For commercial litigation (including fraud and insolvency) in offshore jurisdictions, Lennox Paton have a wealth of expertise and are, I think, generally regarded as being at the top of their game.’

‘Marco Turnquest: a dynamic partner in Lennox Paton’s Bahamas office. He has a detailed knowledge of civil fraud developments within the jurisdiction, and pays considerable attention to detail.’

Key clients

Banque Havilland (Bahamas) Ltd

Bettas Ltd (“Bettas”)

CIBC Trust Company

Clico Bahamas

Deloitte & Touche

Ernst & Young

Groupe Nantes SA

Joint Provisional Liquidators of Mintbroker International Ltd. (formerly Swiss America Securities Ltd)

JP Morgan Bahamas Ltd.


Montaque Capital Partners Ltd (in liquidation)

QBE Insurance Group and Insurance Company of The Bahamas

Sky Bahamas

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd (in voluntary liquidation)

ZCM Asset Holdings

Real estate Tier 1

Lennox Paton’s practice, led by David Johnstone, handles many of The Bahamas’ most high-value real estate matters including resort, residential, and commercial projects throughout the region. As well as having a strong high-net-worth private client base, the team also assists luxury developers as well as leading financial institutions and lender groups with the financing of development projects. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Taylor Freres Americas on the $500m development of Phase I of a branded mixed-use resort on Cat Island, including a large branded condo-hotel programme, a golf course and a marina. With particular expertise in property acquisitions, project financing matters and master planning issues relating to large integrated mixed-use resort and residential developments, the department also has experience with regulatory approvals and sales programmes. Deputy practice head Chelon Carr-Newbold has extensive experience advising on large, high-profile projects, with a notable emphasis on work for high-net-worth individuals. Another key member of the team is senior associate Nateisha Anderson-Bain, who regularly works alongside Johnstone on the department's significant transactions.

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Key clients

Taylor Freres Americas

Sterling Montage Limited

Exuma Resort Developers Ltd

McPike Global Family Office

JGB Management Ltd

Hamilton Group Ltd. (Ontario)

Elmwood Hill Land Holdings Ltd.

Sterling Hurricane Hole Limited

Park Ridge Securities West Corp.

Sterling Asset Management Ltd

Lennox Paton is a leading offshore, full service commercial law firm providing services to clients in relation to Bahamian and British Virgin Islands law. As one of the Bahamas’ largest law firms it provides a comprehensive range of legal services including litigation, insolvency and restructuring, investment funds, trusts and foundations, banking and finance, real estate, resort development, corporate and commercial, private client, wealth management and shipping. The success of long-term client relationships and landmark cases has earned the firm recognition as one of the top firms in The Bahamas. Members serve on governmental and statutory bodies. Additionally, many of the firm’s lawyers are continually ranked amongst the best in this region.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The litigation team at Lennox Paton consists of dedicated and highly experienced individuals specialising in business disputes and complex commercial litigation. The team is well-known for representing clients in high profile and complex cases in The Bahamas and is regularly instructed in complex multi-jurisdictional matters, working with many of the leading international law firms globally in cross-border proceedings. The team represents a broad range of clients including bank and trust companies, foreign governments, government agencies, multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as UHNW private clients, domestic companies and individuals.

Banking & Securities:
Lennox Paton has the leading financial services practice in The Bahamas and advises on the establishment and licensing of banks, trust companies, investment advisors, broker-dealers and ongoing regulatory matters associated with these structures. The team regularly advises on cross-border offerings of securities by international financial institutions, in addition to all aspects of banking and financial transactions including note issuances, derivatives, securitisation including special purpose vehicles and structures. The team’s approach to regulatory matters is unmatched. It’s lawyers offer practical advice and attain efficient and effective resolutions.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
The firm’s insolvency and restructuring team represents a range of clients in relation to complex insolvency matters and it is widely acknowledged as a market leader in the region. The team is often involved in complex cross-border proceedings and is skilled in advising clients in relation to local insolvency laws or in relation to ancillary proceedings with a Bahamian component. Members of the team act on behalf of receivers, creditors, administrative receivers, directors, trustees in bankruptcy, fiduciary claimants, liquidators, and companies in connection with insolvency issues, including securing assets both domestically and internationally. The firm has also been involved in applications for the recognition of foreign court-appointed office holders and just and equitable winding up petitions on behalf of shareholders of investment funds with a master-feeder fund component.

Investment Funds:
The team is highly experienced and well regarded in this area. It handles every aspect relating to the establishment (and where applicable, the licensing) of unregulated and regulated investment funds. Keeping on top of the ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, the team is able to simplify this complex area and meet the demands of a diverse range of clients including asset managers, investment managers and advisors, investors, custodians, family offices and agents.  The team also helps clients to obtain licenses to establish and operate investment funds, including investment fund administrator licenses, and advise them on the legislative requirements for physical presence, business conduct and ongoing reporting obligations.

Private Client & Trusts:
This specialist team regularly acts for high net worth individuals and their advisors worldwide in relation to all aspects of estate planning in order to establish structures to protect and manage assets. It also represents numerous trust companies and advises regularly on the drafting and construction of trust, foundation and corporate documentation. In addition to these services the team is frequently involved in handling disputes concerning trusts, foundations, and family matters in connection with divorce and ancillary relief proceedings involving international clients, as well as Inheritance Act claims.

Real Estate & Resort Development:
The real estate and resort development group of Lennox Paton is known as an industry leader in the acquisition, project financing and master planning of large integrated mixed use resort and residential developments. Members are well-known for their considerable experience with fractional and condo-hotel structures, time-share, sales programmes for residential offerings, foreign direct investment and investment incentives. The team is routinely involved in all the major resort, residential and commercial development projects happening throughout The Bahamas. The firm acts as legal advisor for projects such as Baha Mar (in receivership), Bimini Bay, Baker’s Bay, Cocodimama Resort, French Leave, Harborside Resort, Hurricane Hole, Norman’s Cay, Ocean Terrace, One Cable Beach, South Cat Cay and Sky Beach Resort.

As one of the region’s most respected law firms, clients from all over the world call upon the team for guidance in shipping matters. The firm’s comprehensive and responsive legal advice on matters including provisional and original ship registration, transfer ship registration, inbound and outbound bareboat registration and ship mortgage registration. Members also act as special counsel to leading international financial institutions and ship owning groups on the financing of shipping groups offering the shares of Bahamian flag vessels as security.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation; Insolvency & Restructuring; Brian Simms QC
Investment Funds; Banking & Financial Services; Securities; Corporate & Commercial Michael Paton
Real Estate; Resort Development; Private Client David Johnstone
Trusts & Foundations Arthur Seligman
Shipping Laura Harris
Managing Partner BVI Office Scott Cruickshank
Marketing Manager & New Business Enquiries Courtney Spector
Photo Name Position Profile
 McFalloughn Bowleg photo McFalloughn Bowleg McFalloughn is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. He has experience in…
 Chizelle Cargill photo Chizelle Cargill Senior Associate
 Chelon Carr-Newbold photo Chelon Carr-Newbold Partner
Ms Lenthera Culmer  photo Ms Lenthera Culmer Lenthera is an Associate in Lennox Paton’s Litigation Group. Her current practice…
Ms Al-Leecia Delancy  photo Ms Al-Leecia Delancy Al-Leecia is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. She is a…
Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr.  photo Mr Wilfred Ferguson Jr. Wilfred is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, working directly under…
Mr Ramonne Gardiner  photo Mr Ramonne Gardiner Ramonne is an Associate in Lennox Paton’s Litigation Department. He is highly…
Mr Dwight Glinton  photo Mr Dwight Glinton Dwight is a Senior Associate in Lennox Paton’s Litigation Group. His experience…
Ms Laura Harris photo Ms Laura Harris Laura is a senior associate in our Nassau office, working in the…
Dr David Hayton photo Dr David Hayton Dr David Hayton LLD (Cantab) LLD (Newcastle Univ) TEP (Hon) ACTAPS (Hon),…
Mr Christopher Jenkins photo Mr Christopher Jenkins Christopher is a Partner in Lennox Paton’s Commcercial Litigation department. His work…
Mr David Johnstone  photo Mr David Johnstone David Johnstone heads the firm’s Real Estate, Resort Development, and Private Client…
Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain  photo Ms Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain Nateisha is an Senior Associate in the Real Estate Group in the…
Mr Jamie Liddell  photo Mr Jamie Liddell Jamie is an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group in Nassau.…
Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes  photo Ms Metta MacMillan-Hughes Metta’s is recognised as a leading commercial and civil litigator in the…
Mrs Renai Martin  photo Mrs Renai Martin Renai is an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate and Resort Development…
Ms Wendawn Miller  photo Ms Wendawn Miller Wendawn is an Associate in the firm’s Financial Services Group. Prior to…
 Anwar Mitchell  photo Anwar Mitchell Associate
Mr Valdere Murphy  photo Mr Valdere Murphy Valdere is an Associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department in Nassau.…
Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke  photo Ms Michelle Neville-Clarke Michelle is a Partner in the firm’s Banking and Finance, Corporate and…
Mr Michael Paton photo Mr Michael Paton Based in Nassau, Michael is a partner and head of the firm’s…
Ms Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou  photo Ms Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou Sophia is a Partner in Lennox Paton’s Commercial Litigation department in Nassau,…
Mr Castino Sands  photo Mr Castino Sands Since joining the Banking and Finance Group at Lennox Paton in 2006,…
Ms Kharin Sears  photo Ms Kharin Sears Kharin is an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group.  She represents…
Mr Arthur Seligman  photo Mr Arthur Seligman Arthur is the Head of the firm’s Trusts and Foundations Group and…
Mr Brian Simms photo Mr Brian Simms Brian Simms QC is the Senior Partner of the firm and the…
Mr Marco Turnquest  photo Mr Marco Turnquest For the last 18 years, Marco has specialised in representing clients in…
 Dwayne Whylly photo Dwayne Whylly Senior Associate
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AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
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