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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Covering the full spectrum of finance, commercial and corporate law, Lennox Paton is also highly adept at advising on complex trust structures, tax issues, immigration work, data protection laws and IP mandates. The practice has notable expertise in advising on the drafting of legislation in the financial services and fintech spaces and recently handled the creation and operation of a Central Bank-backed digital currency. Michael Paton and Michelle Neville-Clarke jointly lead the team, which also includes the head of the firm’s trusts and foundations group Arthur Seligman, funds expert Castino Sands and senior associate Laura Harris.