Mervin Messias JD, BA, LLB, TEP, MTP

JD (Juris Doctor) / BA, LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust & Estate Practitioner) / MTP (Master Tax Practitioner – S.A)

Mervin is a trust specialist, solving trust matters, including wills, estate planning and tax. He has over forty years plus experience in the legal profession.

His experience includes matters such as:

• Trusts that do not meet legal requirements
• Incorrectly drafted trusts
• Trust disputes
• Tax issues related to Trusts
• Succession Trust matters in Estate Planning
• Tax and Trusts in Deceased Estates
• The drafting of wills
• Will disputes
• Probate
• Probate disputes

Qualifications:

• Law qualifications in seven countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Israel, England and Lesotho)

Achievements:

• Admitted Attorney, Solicitor and Barrister
• Registered as a Master Tax Practitioner with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners
• Member of the Law Society of South Africa’s committee on Trusts and Estates
• Admitted as a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Admitted as a member of the Association of practicing Attorneys in the United States of America, specializing in Estate Planning and awarded a JD (Juris Doctor)
• Former Chairperson of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Johannesburg Branch, South Africa (STEP)
• Admitted as academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
• Former member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Deceased Estates Committee
• Appointed as trustee, protector and executor in numerous trusts and estates, participating in the structuring, administration, interpretation and resolution of disputes in regard to trusts and administration of estates
• Past Chairperson of the committee on Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning) of the Gauteng Law Council
• Past Convenor of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the Life Underwriters Society of South Africa (LUASA)
• International trusts and estates- attended to the creation and administration of trusts, advising on investments of wealth in the trust structures and acting as an executor
• Extensive experience in creating Estate Plans, advising on Trust tax issues, administering trusts, conducting trust litigation and generally solving Trust matters
• Practising attorney and head of law firm specializing in Estate Planning from 1980-2018
• Former Member of FISA (Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa)
• South African Trust & Estates law expert for Global Law Experts (GLE)
• Award winning Trust Disputes Lawyer of the Year in South Africa – 2018 by Global Law Experts (GLE)
• Received the Best Lawyers awards as a best Trust Lawyer in South Africa for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
• South African Trust & Estates law expert for Advisory Excellence.

Presentations:

• Convenor and presenter of seminars on Trusts and Estates for Attorneys
• Conducted seminars for Financial Planners on Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills and Estates
• Lectured for L.E.A.D (Legal Education and Development) to attorneys on Trusts and Tax in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London
• Designed an Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates course for Financial Planners accredited by the Financial Planning Institute in South Africa

Articles & Letters:

• Contributing columnist on legal articles, including Trusts and Estates, for the Gauteng Law Councils publication
• Appointed as the lead editorial member for the South African Johannesburg branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Contributing columnist on articles on Trusts and Estates for “ AVANTI” the international publication of Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Indian Ocean region committee of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Contributing columnist on articles on Trust and Estates published in “Insight”, the journal of the Association of Professional Financial Planners
• Contributing columnist on legal articles for the Financial Intermediaries Association of South Africa
• Contributing columnist for De Rebus, the South African Attorneys Journal.

Television Appearances For:

• Red Pepper Productions regarding Wills and Trusts
• Summit TV regarding Essentials of Estate Planning, Reducing Taxes through proper Estate Planning & Offshore diversification.

Radio Interviews For:

• 702 station.

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.

Kenneth G. Porter

Kenneth G. Porter regularly provides practical and insightful advice to a wide portfolio of local, regional and international clients. Advising on commerce, communications & technology, intellectual property, labour relations and real estate development, WTR 1000 describes him as “quick and comprehensive with valuable business acumen”.

It is these qualities that have seen many of Anguilla’s real estate development transactions fielded in his capable hands. He has guided clients through the process from the property purchase, licence approval, planning and concession negotiations with Government to construction. Also at the vanguard in Anguilla’s IP sphere, Kenneth is active in INTA and IPCA and is an overseas member of CITMA.

Kenneth practiced in one of Anguilla’s leading law firms for over 20 years, and prior to that, at the private bar in Jamaica. He is currently the Deputy Chairperson for the Anguilla branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He has previously been a Government appointed Labour Tribunal Chair and is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Anguilla Community College.

Education:

– University of London (LLM) Commercial & Corporate Law 2001
– Norman Manley Law School (Legal Education Certificate) 1995
– University of the West Indies (LLB) (Hons) 1993

Bar & Court Admissions:

– Bar of Jamaica – 1995
– Bar of Anguilla – 1997
– Bar of St. Kitts & Nevis – 2004

Specialization:

His areas of practice include Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Resort Development, Commercial and Corporate Law, Trusts & Estates and Dispute Resolution. He is a Notary Public.

Professional Affiliations:

Member, Anguilla Bar Association; Member, St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association; Deputy Chairman, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Anguilla Branch; Member, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); Firm designee, International Trademark Association (INTA); Director, Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA).

About Us:

Sagis LP, is a departure from convention. We aim to help our clients navigate ebbs and flows of life and commerce. We work closely with each client to understand their goals, culture and business to deliver specific and effective legal solutions.

While legal intricacies ignite our passions, our focus is on helping you, our clients, resolve issues through strategic thinking and skillful negotiation. Managing the bottom line to realise your ambitions in a cost effective way however does not compromise quality. Our process concentrates on acquiring an in-depth understanding of all the issues followed by careful consideration and thorough assessment. This lets us present options that are legally sound and sensible.

With a combined post-qualification experience level of over 70 years, our team brings a range of skills gathered in various jurisdictions and practice areas. Indeed, having represented developers, entrepreneurs, indigenous institutions, employers, and various individuals, one or all of our team members is likely a postscript in some significant Anguillian commercial or personal activity.

Whether your need is an idea still to be realised; a personal issue that requires private client considerations; a decades old family business seeking to advance to the next level; or a large corporation with complex structures, let us at Sagis LP help you.

Conrad Griffiths QC

Conrad Griffiths QC was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986. He was admitted as an attorney in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1993 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He is a former President of the Bar Association of the Turks and Caicos Islands and former chairman of the Turks and Caicos Islands branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is also admitted as an attorney in California.

Brighter Law:

Griffiths & Partners offer a range of legal services. Our deep knowledge and industry expertise enables us to develop and build the strategies required to achieve our clients’ goals. We call it brighter law.

Trusts & Private Client Services:

We offer broad, cost effective and expert trust services, advising on trust structuring under TCI law in conjunction with our allied licensed Trust Manager.

We also advise trustees, beneficiaries and protectors on their rights and obligations. We’d be delighted to talk to you about whether a trust structure is right for you. We have deep experience in working with overseas accountants, lawyers and banks in the provision of advice and structures to the internationally wealthy.

If you are establishing a trust, or are an acting trustee, our trust services can help you:

– Plan and administrate a trust account
– Manage what you leave to family members, or charities
– Manage tax payments and costs

We offer impartial and sensitive advice when considering trust services for future beneficiaries. The Griffiths & Partners team includes experts who understand what you need. We handle day-to-day administrative tasks as well as tax returns and recordkeeping.

Raymond Davern

Raymond Davern, Counsel, is Head of the Private Client and Trust practices in both the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands offices of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Raymond regularly works with leading onshore legal and accounting firms in the US, UK, Europe, Latin America, MENA region and South East Asia to establish and provide advice in relation to trust and related structures for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in succession, estate planning and asset protection contexts.

Raymond also undertakes specialist trust litigation in both jurisdictions at first instance and appellate levels, regularly appearing as an advocate. He also advises on the administration of Cayman and BVI situated estate of foreign domiciled deceased persons in both contentious and non-contentious contexts.

Raymond has over 25 years of experience, and joined Conyers in 2010. In addition to his private client and litigation experience, Raymond has served as a lecturer on the Law of Trusts at King’s College in London, UK.

Professional Background:

 

  • 1 New Square, Chancery Litigation
  • 13 Old Square, Chancery Litigation
  • Lecturer on the Law of Trusts, King’s College, London

 

Trusts & Estates Law Practice:

As one of the world’s largest and most experienced offshore trust and private client practices, we are fully integrated into complex, multi-faceted projects with clients on a global stage.

We also provide expertise on the laws of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Our trust lawyers advise individuals, families and corporate clients on a broad range of issues concerning estate planning and private investment structures, and on regulatory laws affecting business transactions and personal assets

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.

Diane Stewart

Diane Stewart is an experienced litigation partner, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, whose areas of expertise include Commercial and Civil Litigation, Liquidations, Banking, Trusts, Insurance and Family Law.

Following her education at York University in Toronto, Canada and the University of the West Indies, Mrs. Stewart entered articles of clerkship with Mr. Winston Saunders and was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1985.

Mrs. Stewart regularly advises the firm’s institutional as well as individual clients in domestic and cross border disputes and on administrative and public law matter. She has frequently appeared before the Courts of first instance and the Bahamian Appellate courts in a broad range of commercial and civil matters. Mrs. Stewart also has an extensive family law practice.

Mrs. Stewart is an Associate Lecturer and Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. Further she has regularly been throughout her career the guest speaker and presenter of papers on varied public and private law issues.

She currently serves as a Director of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited and FirstCaribbean Finance Corporation and is a former member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Bahamas.

About McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes:

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport.

Each client of the firm is the responsibility of an individual lawyer, through whom the collective expertise and resources of the firm become available. While each client’s work is handled on a personal basis, the high degree of interchange of information and cooperation between individual attorneys ensures that the client’s work is effectively supervised and guided within the firm to the appropriate areas of expertise.

The firm is The Bahamas member of Lex Mundi, a Global Association of 118 Independent Law Firms that represent over 60 countries. High professional standards of performance and quality representation are the main membership selection criteria. Through the effective and efficient professional association of Lex Mundi, the firm is able to respond to requirements for legal services throughout the markets of the world and virtually every country.

The firm is engaged in the General Practice of Law and is well equipped to advise on and deal with the widest range of legal matters and services.