Mr Michael Paton > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Lennox Paton
3 BAYSIDE EXECUTIVE PARK
WEST BAY STREET & BLAKE ROAD, PO BOX N-4875
NASSAU
Bahamas

Work Department

Position

Based in Nassau, Michael is a partner and head of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds and Banking and Finance Groups. He is consistently recommended in the legal directories and has been ranked in Band 1 for Chambers Global and Chambers HNW Guide 2018.

Michael’s areas of practice include corporate, finance, banking, securities, mergers & acquisitions, investment funds, trusts and foundations.

He has spoken at numerous international conferences, has written numerous articles, and has authorised several chapters for practitioner texts on Bahamian legal issues.

Michael is former chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2004), and he is currently deputy chairman of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas (since 2017). He is also a qualified Certified Public Accountant (non-practising) in the United States.

Memberships

  • Member of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the International Tax Planning Association
  • Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2006)
  • Commodore of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (2001-2012)
  • Co-chairman of the Bahamas Government Task Force on Private Pensions (since 2009)
  • Deputy Chairman of The Securities Commission of The Bahamas (since 2017)

Education

Michael received his education at Radley College, England (1981), Tulane University, USA (1985) and the University of Westminster, England (1990).

He has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (1991), the Bahamas Bar Association (1991) and the State of Louisiana Board of Certified Public Accountants (1986).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

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The highly experienced team at Lennox Paton advises on the full spectrum of corporate, commercial and finance mandates spanning cross-border M&A, regulatory matters, fund work, private wealth and trust structure issues, securitisations, data protection work and fintech matters. The group is particularly active in the financial services sector; it recently advised the Central Bank of the Bahamas on the issuance of a digital currency and the related regulatory issues. Michael Paton heads up the practice and Michelle Neville-Clarke  acts as deputy head; Paton is also deputy chairman of the securities commission of The Bahamas and Neville-Clarke acts for a range of local and international clients. Arthur Seligman  leads the firm’s trusts and foundations group and Castino Sands  is a key contact for fund-related mandates. Clients also praise senior associate Dwayne Whylly for his ‘sophisticated advice‘ and senior associate Laura Harris, who focuses on the shipping sector.