Mrs Gia Sands > McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes > Nassau, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
MAREVA HOUSE, 4 GEORGE STREET
PO BOX N-3937
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Bahamas

Work Department

Real Estate, Foreign & Local Investment, Immigration, Corporate & Commercial, Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation and Labour & Employment

Position

Gia R. Sands is developing a reputation for collegiality in addition to knowledgeability in her legal practice, which focuses on real estate transactions, foreign and local investment, corporate and commercial transactions, immigration matter, admiralty, shipping and aviation and labour and employment. She works closely with her clients in the important tourism and leisure sectors of The Bahamas while cultivating a close network of contacts with the future leaders of the government, business, and legal communities. Her clients appreciate her expediency in facilitating solutions to their problems, even when working under short deadlines. Gia is adept at securing approval from the Bahamas Investment Authority and drafting and negotiating Heads of Agreements and Hotel Encouragement Act Agreements.

Gia also undertakes complex conveyancing, business and immigration issues and the day-to-day practice of helping clients purchase homes, helping businesses establish themselves and securing the relevant immigration status documents required for non-Bahamians to work or reside in The Bahamas.  Gia is affable yet professional and is known to be attentive and responsive to the needs of her clients. She is kind yet firm and operates with caution to ensure that her clients receive well considered and sound advice.  Gia provides realistic and reasonable expectations and keeps her clients updated and informed throughout all stages of the relevant transactions.

Gia has developed a strong professional relationship with officers of the Bahamas Maritime Authority as she is frequently engaged by clients to assist them in registering and discharging vessel mortgages.

Career

Gia was admitted to the bar of england and wales in july 2011, and the bahamas bar in september, 2011. Gia joined the firm in november, 2011 and was made senior associate in 2019.

Languages

English

Memberships

Member of The Bahamas Bar since 2011
Member of The Bar of England and Wales since 2011
Member of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Education

MASTERS OF LAW DEGREE – UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, LONDON ENGLAND 2010 – 2011
BAR VOCATIONAL COURSE –  BPP LAW SCHOOL, LONDON ENGLAND 2009-2010
BACHELOR OF LAW DEGREE – UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (SOAS) LONDON, ENGLAND 2006-2009
HONOURS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, TORONTO CANADA 2002-2006

Leisure

Spending time with my family, reading a good book (preferably on the beach) and cooking

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Rising stars)

Gia SandsMcKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

The corporate and commercial transactions group at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is a key name in the jurisdiction for offshore trust and private client work, and works closely with the firm’s litigation team on commercial disputes. The team is also particularly active in advising on liquidations and insolvencies, regulatory matters, contractual work, financings, investment management and fund work, and restructuring mandates. Key names in the practice include group chair Kimberley Rolle, who handles commercial, corporate, real estate and project finance work; practice vice-chair Alexander Christie, senior partner John Wilson QC, Campbell Cleare III, who leads the foreign and local investment practice group; Sean Moree, who heads up the trust and private client team, and Michelle Deveaux, who is also part of the firm’s competition practice. Clients also praise senior associate Gia Sands, who handles foreign and local investments and corporate transactions; and Kevin Moree, who has notable expertise in the Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act.

Bahamas > Real estate

(Next Generation Partners)

Gia SandsMcKinney, Bancroft & Hughes

At McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Kimberley Rolle heads up the real estate practice, which advises on transactional, contentious and private client real estate mandates including entity establishments, management issues, trusts, estate and tax planning work, and regulatory mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised developer Mylor Caribbean Development on the construction of 121 high-end luxury condo residences at Love Beach, Nassau. Rolle focuses on real estate transactions and also handles development matters, while practice vice chair Alexander Christie has notable expertise in asset protection structures. Timothy Eneas is the primary contact for property litigation and conveyancing work; Gia Sands made partner in 2021 and works closely with tourism and leisure sector clients; and associate Vanessa Hall acts for developers and high-net-worth families.