Ms Laura Harris > Lennox Paton > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

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

  • Shipping
  • Corporate & Commercial 

Position

Laura is a senior associate in our Nassau office, working in the firm’s Shipping and Corporate and Commercial Groups.

Laura provides advice to ship owning groups, international law firms and large syndicates of banks on a variety of shipping and ship finance transactions, including vessel registration, bareboat registration, vessel re-flagging, sale and purchase, incorporation of ship owning SPVs, re-financings, and ship mortgage registration.

She also advises international corporate clients on a range of corporate and financial matters. 

Career

Laura joined the firm in May 2003 and worked 8 years in the London office, before returning to Nassau.
She maintains a close working relationship with the Bahamas Maritime Authority in London, Nassau, New York and Hong Kong.

Memberships

  • The Bahamas Bar Association

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in History (BA) – McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1998);
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – University of Buckingham, UK (2000);
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Commercial Law – BPP Law School, London (2001);
  • Bar Vocational Course – BPP Law School, London, UK (2002); 
  • Called to the Bahamas Bar in 2002.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.