Roland Jones

Roland Jones is our exclusively recommended Corporate Services expert in Barbados on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Roland directly using the contact details listed above.

Roland is the Founder of Axebridge Corporate Services Limited and has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Banking, Trusts, Accounting, Wealth Management and International Financial Services. As CEO and Managing Director for the Group, Roland is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Group. Roland sits on the board of the Axebridge Group of Companies and STEP Caribbean Conference Limited.

Roland is a chartered accountant, banker and a professional trust professional. Roland is a member of the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB), the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB), the Canadian Tax Foundation. Roland is the Regional Chair of STEP Caribbean and Latin America and was a recent recipient of the STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. Roland has published several articles on trusts and corporate issues for the STEP journal.

Firm Overview:

The Axebridge philosophy is to become a global partner for our clients through various initiatives including structuring and wealth management corporate and private client solutions based on respect, risk management and a thorough understanding of each client’s business and planning model.

We understand that our international clients are driven by the need to continuously grow and understand, creating and sustaining wealth for their families and shareholders and are willing to examine alternative, sometimes out-of-the-box solutions to achieve cost efficient and reliable efforts in this regard. We also understand that a partner means not only sharing the successes but helping to resolve some of the failures where is most needed.

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Sir Trevor Carmichael KA, LVO, QC

Founded in 1977, Chancery Chambers is one of the more diversified law firms in the Caribbean. Based in Barbados, it provides a full complement of legal services to national and international clients. Its’ pillars of practice are international business law, environmental law, real estate law and the law relating to charities domestically and internationally. Although independently focused on their particular areas of expertise, the firm’s professionals work collectively in cross-disciplinary practice groups to access information and advice to the advantage of clients and the development of the firm’s expertise. The firm’s stature is enhanced by its substantial public and private sector experience at the national and international level, and its own very strong charitable focus.

International Expertise:

The firm has developed substantial experience internationally and its’ Chairman serves as a Panel Member for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank. It has provided legislative support and drafting to jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent and has also been engaged as a member of Joint Ventures Model Contracts Committee of the International Trade Centre of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The firm’s client base includes large companies, banks, insurance companies, public and supranational institutions conducting cross-border business, as well as some national governments. Its’ founder sits on the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums in Paris, France.

Karen Perreira LL.B (Hons) TEP CAMS ACIArb

Karen Perreira has over 22 years’ experience as a practicing Attorney at Law, in the Caribbean. She spent her first seven years in the field of law in her native country, Guyana, South America at the law firm deCaries Fitzpatrick and Karran where she became a partner. In the year 2000, she migrated to Barbados and joined the law firm Aequus Chambers in Bridgetown Barbados where she specialized in banking, property, offshore and trust and estate matters. She then merged with Hastings Attorneys at Law until 2011 when she started her own firm, Perreira Law that in 2015 rebranded and is now known as InterCaribbean Legal.

Karen has developed a very large commercial litigation and international business practice. She has attracted a clientele of individuals, family businesses and private and public companies. She works for various financial institutions advising on banking law and loans for both domestic and offshore borrowers and private investors. Her portfolio of clients includes international insurance companies, large construction companies, property developers, and HNWIs seeking investment opportunities in Barbados.

Her area of specialties are Trust and Estate Planning, Compliance (AML), Securities; Private Banking; Loan Documentation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate Transactions and Construction Contracts; Intellectual Property; Commercial Contracts; Procurement; Commercial and Trust Litigation; Licensing (regulatory and compliance); Maritime Law and Arbitration and Mediation.

She obtained a Diploma in International Trust and is currently the only practicing Attorney in Barbados who can boast of holding a STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. This invaluable qualification has equipped her with the expertise to advise and safeguard international clients and investors in the preparation of trust instruments, structuring and administration of trusts.

She is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist with the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and has obtained a CIArb Certificate in the Introduction to International Arbitration.

She is a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and an executive Committee member of the Barbados Branch. She joined the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2015 she also became a member of the Barbados International Business Association and the Barbados Bar Association.

Education:

– Certificate in Foundations (STEP)
– Certificate in Anti Money Laundering (ACAMS)
– Certificate in Introduction to Arbitration (CIArb)
– Step Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (STEP/CLT)
– Step Diploma in International Trust Management (STEP/CLT)
– Legal Education Certifcate, Hugh Wooding Law School
– Bachelors of Law (with Honours), The University of the West Indies

Memberships:

– Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators (CIArb)
– Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
– Barbados International Business Association (BIBA)
– Member, Barbados Bar Association (BBA)

Law Firm:

We are a full-service Barbados Law Firm and Trade Mark Agent located in Bridgetown, Barbados, with affiliates throughout the Caribbean. We also offer company formation (domestic and international), regulation and maintenance through our Corporate Service Division, InterCaribbean Corporate Services.

Mary Mahabir QC

Mary Mahabir is our exclusively recommended Conveyancing Services expert in Barbados on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mary directly using the contact details listed above.

Mary is the founder of Lex Caribbean, the formation of which created the first and only pan-Caribbean law firm in the CARICOM region. She is the senior partner of the firm and its former managing partner. Mary currently heads the Corporate Commercial and Finance Group. She has been practicing at the Bar in Barbados for over thirty years, and is also called to the Bar in Trinidad & Tobago. Her vast experience in both the local and international business sectors, spans across the areas of corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, trusts and real estate. She had led major transactions in all of these areas.

In the area of corporate law, Mary has extensive knowledge in dealing with restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, share and assets sale and purchases, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, shareholder rights and corporate governance. She has worked in various sectors and advises on a broad range of commercial issues, including employment, pensions, insurance and commercial contracts, and her clients include major local and international companies.

She has a depth of experience in the area of corporate finance, advising on major capital market transactions and government financing transactions, including bond issues, commercial paper, complex loan arrangements, participations, inter-creditor arrangements and security sharing arrangements. She is well-versed in regulatory issues and requirements concerning both local and offshore lending institutions.

In the area of real estate, Mary has advised developers on effective structuring arrangements for both commercial and residential developments and has represented vendors and purchasers in various types of real estate structures. She has also represented major companies in complex lease arrangements.

Mary is a former member of the Ernst & Young Global Legal Network and a former director of Trust Services at Ernst & Young Trust Corporation.

She has written and edited a number of articles in the areas of corporate law, trusts, tax planning and property law, including “Parity with NAFTA and other Opportunities and Challenges Confronting Barbados and the Caribbean” (co-edited), and the regulation of mergers and joint ventures for the publication “Getting the Deal Done”. She is a member of the International Bar Association, the Foreign Lawyers Forum of the American Bar Association and an associate member of the Canadian Bar Association.

Mary Mahabir’s involvement in the business and wider community is extensive. She is a member and former Vice-President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a member and former director of the Barbados International Business Association and a member and former secretary of the Barbados Chapter of the International Fiscal Association. She sat for a number of years on the Council of the Barbados Bar Association and established its group health insurance plan. Among her many other accolades, Mary is a member of the Barbados National Trust and the Royal Commonwealth Society and is also the legal adviser to the Barbados Arts Council and the Barbados Council for the Disabled.