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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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.