Areas of Practice
Mr. Michael Allen’s areas of professional expertise include commercial law, corporate law, aviation law, real estate & development, wealth management, and financial services law. For more than 15 years he has advised international and Bahamian clientele on a variety of trust, corporate and commercial structures for general business and wealth management purposes. His practice involves acting as a transactional lawyer in aviation matters, providing legal support to major Bahamian real estate acquisitions and resort development, the utilization of financial products connected with wealth management concerns, and issuing formal opinions on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional structures available for the conduct of business in and through The Bahamas, including structures connected to aircraft financing.
Following the acquisition of a post graduate degree in counselling and administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, United States and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham in England, Michael was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987 and the Bahamas Bar in 1988. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple, England.
Michael is a former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board and has written on such topics as “A Guide to Doing Business in the Bahamas”, “The Bahamian Foundation” and “International Business Companies”. He is the author of the Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Finance: Regulation Security and Enforcement, Sweet & Maxwell and co-author of the Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, Sweet & Maxwell. He is also chairperson of the Higgs & Johnson aviation practice group.