AI Issue 7 2017

30 Acquisition International - July 2017 Lennox Paton is a leading offshore commercial law firm with offices in The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and London. We interviewed Michael Paton to find out more, after the firm achieved the special status of the Leading Tax Adviser of the Year, the Bahamas award. ennox Paton is widely recognised for its expertise, professionalism, responsiveness and commitment to excellence. They have a team of multi- faceted lawyers whose diverse backgrounds and talents contribute valuable knowledge, experience and creativity to the firm and its clients. Michael Paton explains more about the firm’s seasoned expertise and their ethos when it comes to client commitment and providing a quality service. “The firm’s thorough knowledge of the business and legal environment enables it to attend professionally and effectively to its client’s affairs. Lawyers in the firm are frequent contributors to various professional journals, speakers at conferences and seminars, members of government and industry appointed task forces, committees and statutory bodies and are published authors. The firm represents numerous financial institutions, both domestic and international, which complements the firm’s large and diversified private client practice. “In terms of client commitment, Lennox Paton is committed to providing clear, practical and result- orientated legal services of the highest calibre. Clients can rely on the acumen, expertise and professionalism that will be brought to every engagement. The firm understands its clients’ need for practical legal advice. We ensure that the communication channels between client and lawyer are effective and clear. We are not only committed to advising clients on the legal aspects of their matters, but also to assisting in the development and implementation of strategies, to meet client objectives beyond the legal advice. “Also, our mission is to provide value to every client. Quality professional advice is of paramount importance to the firm and we recognise that clients expect no less. The firm endeavours to provide the very best professional advice available. Accordingly, we invest heavily in our resources, training and technology.” Confidentiality is the cornerstone of legal service relationships, especially in the offshore financial services realm Michael tells us. He goes on to expand this point, before adding his thoughts on firm’s role in the wider community. “In regards to confidentiality, this is the central focus of the firm’s relationship with clients. This is not merely a legal requirement, but a principle and philosophy of the firm shared by all lawyers and support staff. “Lennox Paton is pleased to support the following charities and worthwhile causes: The Gentleman’s Club; The Crippled Children’s Committee; The Royal Bahamas Police Force; Abilities Unlimited; Cancer Society of the Bahamas; The Foundation of Triathletes; Registry Welfare Fund; Junior Baseball Company: Lennox Paton Name: Michael Paton Email: Web Address: Address: Bahamas - Main Office, 3 Bayside Executive Park, West Bay Street & Blake Road, PO Box N-4875, Nassau, The Bahamas Telephone: +1 (242) 502 5000 Only the Best, Nothing Less L 1105AI54 League of Nassau; The Kiwanis Club of Nassau; The Sandilands Home for Geriatrics; The National Trust; Rotary International; The Salvation Army and Women’s Holistic Empowerment & Development Organisation.” Practice areas In closing, Michael is eager to reveal two aspects of the firm’s work, banking and finance, as well as litigation. You can read more about the firm’s many practice areas on their website, at: “The firm’s banking and finance group represents and assists clients in all areas of regulation for financial institutions in The Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands, including advice in relation to the establishment and operation of banks and trust companies, broker-dealers, securities investment advisers, insurance companies, investment fund administrators, and financial and corporate service providers. The group also advises governmental and institutional clients in relation to a wide range of financial products and instruments, including: bonds; certificates of deposit; debentures; derivatives; notes; rights issue; securitization and shares. “The litigation and dispute resolution group at Lennox Paton specialises in chancery and commercial litigation and disputes. The Litigation Group is focused on providing practical solutions to complex problems. Clients benefit from the firm’s vast experience in complex commercial litigation. By reason of our recognised ‘proactive and responsive’ service, the team is consistently recommended by Chambers Global. Members of the team appear regularly at First Instance, Court of Appeal and Privy Council level. The team has been involved at all levels in some of the largest offshore cases in recent times. “The depth and experience of our team of lawyers and paralegals, including a presence in London, enables the firm to lead and co-ordinate complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. We have long standing working relationships with many of the international law and other leading firms in offshore jurisdictions, in which we do not have a presence. Equally, our specialisation, flexibility and focused approach allows us to tailor our services to suit the individual clients’ needs. The same expertise that we bring to the large cases is applied to the benefit of all clients, regardless of the size of the matter. “My final point is that members of the firm’s litigation group have appeared on behalf of a broad range of clients, including bank and trust companies, foreign governments, government agencies, multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as private clients, domestic companies and individuals. Also, please feel free to contact us to find out more and what we can do for you.”