Areas of Practice
- Commercial Transactions
- Securities & Investment Funds
- Financial Services Law and Regulation
- Private Client & Wealth Management
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Gaming Law & Regulation
Christel Sands-Feaste is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Law Practice and Private Client and Wealth Management Practice Groups and chair of the Securities & Investment Funds Practice Group. She has extensive legal experience in corporate and commercial law, asset financing, legal issues relating to resort development and operations, gaming law and regulation and international trust and company administration. She has acted in all aspects of commercial transactions including securing governmental and regulatory approvals, mergers and acquisitions, asset financing, private placements of offshore securities, investment fund structuring and creation and estate planning. Christel regularly advises clients on day-to-day legal issues including licensing and compliance matters as well as other general corporate and operational activities. She has represented both domestic and foreign clients in a variety of businesses including the financial services, hospitality and gaming industries. Recent transactions in which she has been involved include advising a developer on a $2.5 billion resort development project.
Christel is named as a leading commercial lawyer in both the International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) and Chambers Global and has also been recommended by Global Law Experts in Mergers & Acquisitions Law. As a member of the ICON Working Group, she received the 2014 Financial Services Development & Promotion award given by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (“BFSB”).
Prior to her admission to the Partnership of Higgs & Johnson in 2009, she served as Vice President – Legal for a family office and a leading Bahamian development company.
Christel was educated in the United Kingdom and holds an LL.B. from Reading University and an LL.M. in Banking and Finance Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was called to the bars of England and Wales and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 1998.
Christel is Vice Chairman of the Hospitals and Health Care Facilities Licensing Board, a Director of BFSB and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, the Bahamas Bar Association, and The Nassau Chapter of Links Incorporated.