Michelle Neville-Clarke | Partner

Michelle is a Partner in the firm’s Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds, Private Client Groups. She has considerable experience in the areas of investment funds, securities law, corporate and commercial matters, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, immigration, probate, private client and wealth management matters.

Michelle studied Law at the University of Kingston Upon Thames where she graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (with Honours) in 1998 and attended the Inns of Court School of Law where she passed the Bar Vocational Course with a Very Competent in 1999. Michelle was called to both the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar in 1999.

Michelle has written numerous articles and is frequently asked to present at local conferences on her areas of expertise and was ranked as a 'leading lawyer' by the International Financial Law Review.

Michelle routinely works with both international and local clientele ranging from large financial institutions and international law firms to private individual clients and works closely with the various regulators in The Bahamas.

Michelle has been a director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board since 2006 and serves on the committees for investment funds, securities, foundations and immigration, playing an integral part in the review of proposed legislation.

Michelle's recent work has included the following:

  • Transactions in her Funds practice, extending to private equity, real estate and hedge funds. Advising both mangers and multinational institutional clients on setting up new funds and the preparation of constitutive documents and offering materials. The complex restructuring of onshore and offshore master feeder funds
  • The listing of entities on Bahamas International Stock Exchange
  • Representation before the Securities Commission Disciplinary Panel
  • Advising of regulatory requirements for the establishment of businesses owned by non Bahamians in The Bahamas
  • Establishment of financial institutions and advice generally on compliance and corporate governance requirements
  • Advice to multi-jurisdictional companies on the offering of investments and security advice in the Bahamas
  • Advising global banking institutions on local banking and securities regulatory issues
  • Advising on acquisition of banking business of an established financial institution in the Bahamas
  • Advice generally on corporate matters, restructuring transaction, Shareholder Agreements and representation of minority shareholders
  • Advising individuals on immigration matters surrounding their entry into the Bahamas and relocation to the Bahamas