Areas of Practice
Mr. Stephen J. Melvin is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate & Development practice group. He has significant experience in the representation of International and Bahamian Property Developers and specialises in:- foreign direct investment; the sale and acquisition of Hotels, Marinas and Resort Developments (mixed use projects); and real estate and project finance. He has also been involved in all aspects of the master planning of a number of Resorts and mixed use Developments as well as all legal services related to Bahamas Government regulations and applications, including all aspects of Heads of Agreements and Hotel Encouragement Act Concessions.
On individual sales and acquisitions, Stephen has over the last fifteen years acted on behalf of numerous high net worth private clients in respect of their acquisition of private islands and cays, private homes and condominium residences.
Stephen has provided corporate and trust advice on asset structuring through IBCs, PTCs and family Trusts. He also has been involved in numerous matters related to the restructuring of assets for estate planning and tax purposes.
Stephen has acted in matters involving complex real property tax issues and carried out appeals related thereto and has successfully negotiated with the Government on client’s behalf. He has experience in the administration of local and international estates, specialising in the resealing of Grants issued out of both common law and civil jurisdictions. He also specialises in immigration law with an emphasis on permanent residency and work permit applications.
Stephen joined Higgs and Johnson as an Associate in 1998 and became a Partner in 2006. He is currently the Nassau head of the firm’s Abaco office and has been involved with a number of Abaco’s Resorts and Developments.