Michael Paton | Partner

Based in Nassau, Michael is a Partner of the firm and head of its Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds and Banking and Finance Groups. Michael is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global Guide in the area of General Business Law.

Michael has spoken at numerous international conferences, has written numerous articles, and has authorized several chapters for practitioner texts on Bahamian legal issues.

Michael is former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2004).

Michael is also a qualified Certified Public Accountant (non practising).

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).

He is a member of Lincolns Inn, the International Bar Association and the International Tax Planning Association.  He has held the position of Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2006), and is currently the Director Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (since 2001) and the Co-Chairman Bahamas Government Task Force on Private Pensions (since 2009).

Michael's areas of practice include Corporate, Finance, Banking, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Funds, Trusts and Foundations.

Michael's recent work has included:

  • International Trade Finance Secured Lending
  • Sale of Banking Business
  • Liquidation Trust of banking assets
  • Corporate Finance secured lending
  • Advice to Investments Funds Re: Madoff
  • Advising global banking institutions on local banking and securities regulatory Issues
  • Advising the Receiver of a Resort Group
  • Merger of banking and trust business
  • Cross border acquisition of banking business
  • Cross border Capital Investment structures
  • Advising International financial Institutions on Collateral Security Interests
  • Advising on local Capital Market Interests
  • Advising on Shareholder Agreements
  • Advising on Corporate restructuring transactions
  • Advising Trust Companies