Karen A. Perreira

Karen A. Perreira

Recent studies have shown that for HNWIs, truly attractive luxury properties must be able to combine opportunities for luxurious living, privacy,

“Perhaps the simple definition of a family office is an organization that assumes the day to day administration and management of a family’s affairs.” Todd Ganos, Forbes Magazine, “What is a Family office”, 2013.

Latin America is one of the world's fastest-growing wealth markets, as well as being home to an affluent class wealthier than other regions of the world.

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Arbitration

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Arbitration

The procedure whereby parties agree to submit a dispute to be resolved by independent parties known as arbitrators. It is considered a flexible and efficient alternative to litigation which can be time consuming and costly. Our firm, recognising an increase in the use of arbitration, have equipped themselves by training with and becoming members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Banking and Finance

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Banking and Finance

Whether representing the borrower or the lender, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the regulatory and financial framework to ensure that your client is protected and the correct documentation is completed in loan transactions. We have engaged in both simple loans and sophisticated financial structures in the domestic and international markets.

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Captive Insurance

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Captive Insurance

Captive Insurance is a popular and unique vehicle for investment and wealth management. Barbados is one of the leading domiciles for captive insurance companies globally. We assist clients with the formation, registration and setting up of captive insurance companies so that they can maximise the tax and savings benefits offered by this investment vehicle.

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Commercial Litigation

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Commercial Litigation

Commercial litigation refers to the representation of clients before the courts in disputes arising from commercial transactions, or claims arising over disagreement, on contractual obligations.

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Company Formations

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Company Formations

There are a variety of corporate entities which are utilised to assist clients in structuring companies for their commercial and non-commercial goals. These entities include but are not limited to domestic companies, external companies, non-profits, charities and societies with restricted liabilities. Our firm has assisted clients in setting up these structures.

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Cross-border Transactions

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Cross-border Transactions

The increasing interconnectedness of global financial markets presents a wealth of opportunities for investment in foreign countries. We help clients maximise these opportunities and meet the challenges of doing business in foreign jurisdictions by providing guidance with respect to the structuring, negotiation and completion of complex commercial transactions across borders.

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Estate Planning

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Estate Planning

We advise our clients on the transfer of assets in accordance with the wishes of the deceased and in compliance with both domestic and cross border law. Our practice also includes the drafting of wills, the creation of trust structures and, where necessary, mental health applications.

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Immigration Law

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Immigration Law

We have experience in immigration law for both individuals and corporations regionally and internationally. The applications include short term and long term work permits and applications for residency and citizenship.

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International Trade

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International Trade

International trade refers to the exchange of goods and services between countries. We provide a variety of services designed to guide our clients through the complex scheme of legislation and standards that regulate international trade in goods and services, enabling them to compete in international markets.

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International Finance

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International Finance

Barbados is considered a leader in the international financial sector and offers a number of structures which can be tailored to suit the client’s needs to provide efficient tax structures. These products include international business companies, trusts and captive insurance.

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Loan Documentation

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Loan Documentation

We have represented major financial institutions, both domestic and international, with loans for real estate and investment purposes and have extensive experience inreviewing, negotiating and drafting loan documents relating to offshore mortgages and retail lending.

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Maritime Law

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Maritime Law

Maritime law refers to the commercial and regulatory framework dealing with maritime vessels and the shipping industry. We advise clients on contracts, international sale contracts and insurance. We have advised and acted on behalf of clients seeking to secure and enforce their claims within the jurisdiction.

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Mergers & Acquisition

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Mergers & Acquisition

This specialised area of law involves the procedure whereby a company purchases another company or its assets or the amalgamation of two companies. Each instance results in the formation of a new entity. It requires a thorough understanding of negotiating and drafting documentation to ensure the complete transfer of assets to the new entity. Our firm has advised clients on major mergers and takeover bids within the jurisdiction.

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Mutual Funds

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Mutual Funds

A mutual fund is a professionally managed fund that combines money from a pool of investors for the purpose of trading in diversified holdings. We advise fund managers with respect to fund organisation and registration, the implementation of compliance and supervisory oversight systems, and the laws and regulations that may affect their operation.

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Property Sale and Development

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Property Sale and Development

Our practice involves a wide range of activities focusing on sales and acquisitions, title and the development and financing of real estate. We represent buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of luxury residential and commercial real estate, and guide clients through the process of land development - from obtaining the necessary government approvals to the preparation of construction and development contracts, and the sale of units.

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Regulation and Compliance

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Regulation and Compliance

Industries today operate in complex regulatory frameworks with strict sanctions for non-compliance. With our extensive knowledge of local legislation, guidelines and regulations, we guide our clients through the complex web of regulatory and compliance requirements in Barbados, so that they can be secure in the knowledge that their commercial practice complies with the regulatory framework.

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Syndicated Loan Transactions

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Syndicated Loan Transactions

Syndicated loans refers to loans extended by a group of banks to a borrower. We represent banks and borrowers in both large and small loan transactions. Our experience ranges from traditional corporate finance transactions to complicated structured financings.

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Trusts

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Trusts

A trust is a relationship whereby property is held by one party for the benefit of another. It can be a valuable tool for reducing exposure to tax and a means of protecting assets in planning for future generations. We protect our clients’ interests by preparing trust instruments and the structuring trusts. Our principal attorney holds a diploma from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in International Trust Management and we are the only firm in Barbados with a practitioner holding the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

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Will Writing, Probate and Administration

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Will Writing, Probate and Administration

Estate planning is essential to safeguarding the future financial interests of your family and your business. We have considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of estate planning, from the drafting of wills and other dispositions, to the probate of wills and administration of estates. We also have significant experience in cross border estate planning.

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