Our practice areas include:
The core of our banking and finance practice involves representation of commercial lenders and borrowers in a wide range of transactions both secured and unsecured. This includes project finance, real estate finance, aircraft finance, equipment leasing, debentures, derivative transactions, asset securitisation, debt restructuring (corporate and sovereign), bond issues (corporate and sovereign) loan syndications and participation. We have acted on behalf of banks, merchant banks, trust companies, unit trusts and national governments.
Standing Attorneys for over 18 years for the third largest banking group in the country and its corporate predecessors. Standing Attorneys for the largest unit trust in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region.
We draft, negotiate and review trust deeds and paying agency agreements. We represent banks and trust companies unit trusts and mutual funds in the full range of their fiduciary and trustee functions.
Corporate and Commercial Law
In corporate and commercial matters, our services include company formations, mergers and joint ventures, reorganisations, receivership and liquidations, financing of new and existing companies, venture and development capital financing, management buyout, share acquisitions and disposals, licensing, agency and distribution agreements, advice on ways of averting or managing potential or hostile take-overs; public issues and private placements; advice on family business issues. We handle matters relating to ship arrests, law of the sea, customs, franchising and licensing agreements.
While many of the firm’s clients are large organizations, we have always represented small and medium-sized and entrepreneurial companies. We consider ourselves privileged to counsel and advise these companies as they evolve and grow.
Power, Energy and Natural Resources
Our experience in this field covers power, energy and infrastructure projects including negotiating and preparing agreements relating to power generation, transmission, distribution and construction contracts and their related financing agreements; upstream, midstream and downstream activities in the energy related industries, review and design of appropriate legal regulatory and contractual frameworks, resolution of issues between investors and governments arising out of legislation and contracts, project management and coordination of projects requiring a multi-disciplinary team approach,and preparation of licences, leases and other legal instruments.
Conveyancing and Property Matters
The firm represents mortgage lending institutions and has wide experience in all types of conveyancing transactions covering the acquisition, use and disposal of land and buildings. In respect of both commercial property matters, we handle a significant number of transactions involving private houses and apartments, both for Trinidad & Tobago residents and overseas investors. We provide advice and documentation for all forms of freehold and leasehold transactions, property development, financing building contracts, mortgages and loans secured on real property.
We provide a full range of legal and professional intellectual property services, including counseling; strategic planning and portfolio management; negotiating and drafting agreements; searching, filing, maintaining and enforcing trademarks, designs and patents; trade secrets and related matters; traditional knowledge and cultural expressions; dispute resolution and litigation.
The firm’s experience spans the business spectrum. We consider and advise on all forms of protection when discussing with our clients any new products, services or business methods that they are contemplating creating and bringing to market. We can help with strategic plans for brand centered businesses, as well as technology, innovation and enterprise development.
Our comprehensive intellectual property services fall under our Media, Entertainment, Technology and Telecommunications Department. It is also linked to our sister company Making Mas Limited which represents and manages different forms of talent.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We provide representation in disputes and claims arising out of all our clients’ activities and conduct any necessary litigation in Court, before an arbitrator or in any other form of tribunal. Typical areas covered are commercial contracts and transactions, company disputes, intellectual property problems, building and engineering contracts, tax disputes, land issues, libel, insurance claims, judicial review and constitutional cases. We do counselling and mediation with a view to having our clients avoid litigation or to help them navigate the maze of issues which can arise.
Legislative and Regulatory Matters
The firm has broad experience in dealing with legal and regulatory matters, including preparation of the legislative framework for chartering new institutions or introducing regulatory standards, reviewing existing laws and regulations, commenting on draft legislation and interpreting statutory requirements. We have built up considerable experience in the analysis of legal and regulatory frameworks and in the preparation of legislative and policy reform measures in several areas including:
Our combined public and private sector experience together with our familiarity with the reform process makes us well qualified to provide analysis of the legal and regulatory framework and to make recommendations for reform when working in collaboration with sector specialists.
In the employment field, we advise on all aspects of labour relations, executive and senior appointments including negotiation and drafting of individual service contracts, enforcement or escape from restrictive covenants, handling of dismissals and claims for compensation, employment rights on transfer of undertakings or company acquisitions, reorganisations and insolvency, pursuit or defence of claims before the Industrial Court and other Courts, in mediation, arbitration and disciplinary procedures.
Our telecommunications, technology, media and entertainment practice is at the cutting edge of these highly specialized and sophisticated areas of the law. On telecommunication/technology, we advise on all aspects of contractual relationships, regulatory and operational matters. On media and entertainment, our services include negotiating and preparing on-air talent, artist and author agreements for cable TV, television, film, music, internet and publishing. Our intellectual property services include advising clients on and registering for them trademarks, service marks, copyrights, industrial designs. We also conduct intellectual property valuations for our clients to determine their intellectual property inventory.
Company Secretarial Services
We also provide a full range of company secretarial services including preparing and filing returns to the Registrar of Companies, attending and taking minutes at board and general meetings, and preparation of notices etc. for meetings.